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Arts/Entertainment - Feature/Segment: Reel NW: Randy Parsons, American Luthier nominated for an Emmy® Award at the 2015 Emmy® Nomination Parties, April 10, 2015:

The nominations were announced at the 2015 Emmy® Nomination Parties held on April 10th. Nominated in the Arts/Entertainment - Feature/Segment: Reel NW: Randy Parsons, American Luthier • KCTS • David Aldrich, Director

Reel NW | KCTS 9 - Public Television, January 6, 2015:

Randy Parsons: American Luthier is one of four films representing KCTS 9's Reel NW | Season 4 entries submitted for the upcoming Northwest Emmy Awards.

Starigrad Paklenica Film Festival, August 2013:

"The award for the best camera goes to the film that is conceptualized as being conveyed almost totally through the cinematic power of visual language. Meticulously created shots with very particular camera angles, lights and shades, tell us a story of passion, talent and dedication. The Award for Best Camera-work goes to the film - Randy Parsons: American Luthier by David Aldrich from the USA."

Bumbershoot picks: 1 Reel Film Festival, Seattle Times, August 30, 2012:

"Randy Parsons: American Luthier is a very impressive award-winning short about Seattle guitar-maker Parsons, whose passion for his work is testimony to true craftsmanship."

NBFF Shorts Programs to Feature Local Filmmakers, Cinema Beach News, April 28, 2012:

"David Aldrich’s 'Randy Parsons: American Luthier' is a beautiful, soulful examination of a Seattle-based guitar player who hand makes remarkable guitars for the likes of Jack White and Jimmy Page. It’s a remarkable film about a very talented man who might go unnoticed otherwise."

Newport Beach Film Festival News and Notes, OC Weekly, May 2, 2012:

"David Aldrich's short film Randy Parsons: American Luthier screened Monday at NBFF, but the documentary on the Seattle-based guitar maker for the likes of Jimmy Page, Joe Perry and Jack White is continuing on the festival circuit in a big way, being chosen for the American Pavilion program May 22-24 at the Cannes International Film Festival, as well as the Short Film Corner, Festival de Cannes."

Canadian Premiere of Randy Parsons: American Luthier to Be Held at North by Northeast Festival, 6/12, Broadway World, May 23, 2012:

"Award winning director David Aldrich is pleased to announce the Canadian premiere screening of his independent documentary short film 'Randy Parsons: American Luthier' on Tuesday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m. “American Luthier” is an official selection for NXNE Film in the 18th Annual North by Northeast Festival and Conference (NXNE) in Toronto, Ontario."

Randy Parsons, Luthier, Obsede de Guitare, May 20, 2012:

"David Aldrich a déjà présenté le court métrage Randy Parsons : American Luthier à de nombreux festivals et passe à Cannes dans trois jours, mais entre temps il a bien voulu nous expliquer ce qui l'a poussé à s'intéresser au travail de Parsons. Déjà pour vous faire une idée la bande annonce est ici, en une minute on s'en prend plein les mirettes !"

NXNE Day 2 (pt 1): Randy Parsons: American Luthier; Dan’s Chelsea Guitars: A Neighborhood Music Store For The Whole World; Persecution Blues: The Battle For The Tote, Open 'Til Midnight, Musings of an Music-Obsessed Mind, June 13, 2012:

"Parsons is very passionate about his art – and it is precisely that – and comments on what is lost in the mass production of the modern world. His keen ability to learn, commitment to each piece’s precision, and his desire to meet the unique needs of players belie his success. As he points out, major guitar makers are now slave to their machines, which cannot be recalibrated for unique instruments. When something artistic becomes mundane in this fashion, it makes us wonder why we’ve gone this route. Parsons’ secret ingredient in the crafting of his instruments, which I will leave to mystery, only proves Aldrich’s point: sometimes, we need to get back to where our fingerprints adorned the art we created."

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