Let Your Feet Do The Talkin'

A documentary about buck dancing legend Thomas Maupin, who, at the age of 70, remains one of the greatest old time dancers in America. Framed between Thomas’ recovery from cancer and his acceptance of a nationally recognized award, this piece presents a deeply personal look at a folk icon. As well as being a portrait of an artist, Let Your Feet Do The Talkin’ asks the question, “What drives us to perform?” and examines art's ability to form and strengthen relationships and lift us above our circumstances.

"By the time Tennessee filmmaker Stewart Copeland's 30-minute Let Your Feet Do The Talkin'— a fascinating portrait of legendary buckdancer Thomas Maupin and his beautiful relationship with his banjo-strumming grandson—hit the screen, I felt like I was witnessing a cinematic cultural exchange program."

-Lauren Wissot, Slant Magazine

Past Screenings

+ The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival / Missoula, Montana February 2010

+ Nashville Film Festival / Nashville, Tennessee April 2010

+ Rooftop Film Series / Brooklyn, New York June 2010

+ Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival / Hot Springs, Arkansas October 2010

+ New Orleans Film Festival / New Orleans, Louisiana October 2010

+ Indie Memphis Film Festival / Memphis, Tennessee October 2010

+ Saint Louis International Film Festival / Saint Louis, Missouri November 2010

+ Durango Film Festival / March 1st & 3rd Durango, Colorado 2013

+ Sebastapol Documentary Film Festival / March 22nd, Sebastapol, California 2013


+ Best Short Documentary / Indie Memphis Film Festival 2010

Broadcast Premiere

+ Documentary Channel / June 8th 2010

DVD Release

+ Dust-To-Digital / May 22nd 2010 / www.dust-digital.com


directed by STEWART COPELAND produced by KYLE COPELAND and STEWART COPELAND associate producer LORA CRINER photographed by STEWART COPELAND music by JIM WOOD and KYLE COPELAND featuring musical performances by THOMAS MAUPIN and DANIEL ROTHWELL