Sweet Old Song

An extraordinary relationship between two African American artists who have been collaborating as musicians and visual artists since 1983.

Film Signature Image
POV, True Stories
Premiere Date
July 30, 2002
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects
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Leah Mahan

Leah Mahan is a documentary director, producer, writer, and teacher. Her work was nominated by the DGA for Outstanding Directorial Achievement and aired on PBS’s POV. She served as a Fellow at the Sundance Documentary Editing and Story Lab, Sundance Stories of Change, and as a Research Fellow at the Center for Environmental Filmmaking.

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The Film

Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong has been performing for most of his 91 years, ever since his father carved his first fiddle from a wooden crate. At the film's center are the two great loves of Howard's life: his music, and artist Barbara Ward. Their two-decade romance is a creative partnership yielding new work and an outpouring of memories, defying our most basic assumptions about what it means to grow older.