The music of Dennis White and The Montana Mandolin Society will be a part of “PROHIBITION,” the latest documentary produced by legendary filmmakers, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The three part, five and a half hour documentary film will premier on PBS stations on October 2,3,4.
Created in 1998, The Montana Mandolin Society is based in Bozeman, Montana. The ensemble was first inspired by a 1902 photograph of a mandolin orchestra located in Bozeman. The mandolin ensemble has four CDs to their credit and has toured nationally and internationally. The group has made appearances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, and on NPR's “All Things Considered”. They also toured Japan in 2002 as part of the Kanto Mandolin Orchestra Festival in Tokyo and the Kumamoto-Montana sister city initiative.
The story of the rise and fall of Prohibition is a compelling saga that goes far beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers, and speakeasies, to reveal a complicated and divided nation in the throes of momentous transformation. The film raises vital questions that are relevant today as they were 100 years ago-about means and ends, individual rights and responsibilities, the proper role of government, and finally, who is-and who is not-a real American.