Cousin Fuzzy & His Cousins

In-Person Event Date

February 27, 2021 - 4:00pm
January 1, 2021 - 1:04pm
Virtual Performance Dates: 
Friday, January 1, 2021
Q and A with Filmmaker following the film session:
No
Film Length:
00:09:06
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Premier Status: 
Date Completed: 
May, 2020

In the late 1940's and early 1950's polka was the music dominating the airwaves both on radio and the newest technology at the time: television. One of the first live television programs in Green Bay, Wisconsin's history was a polka variety show featuring the group Cousin Fuzzy and his Cousins. One of the last surviving members of the band is Agnes Benz, aka "Cousin Aggie." She was interviewed in 2011 as the beginning of a large documentary on Cousin Fuzzy. Unfortunately, due to a myriad of circumstances, that documentary was never produced and both the footage that was collected and Anges' interview sat on a hard drive for years. Thanks to quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, this project was produced, not as the full Cousin Fuzzy story, but as a proof of concept. It is the wish of the producer to do more videos like this one, featuring every member of the Cousin Fuzzy band and other polka bands from the era. The opportunity to hear from musicians who lived during the 'age of polka' is greatly diminishing. These stories should be captures while they can still be heard from the people who lived them.

Director(s): 

Shawn Connelly

Shawn Connelly is a producer and musician living in Green Bay, WI and periodically freelances in New York.

Using what I've learned from years digital media engagement, creating marketing strategies and developing audio/video production techniques, I work with organizations to tell their story.

Whether it's introducing an audience to a new product or service, helping companies attract and retain top talent, creating a forward-thinking company culture, selling an idea, or drawing attention to social and environmental issues, my work, in collaboration with forward thinking colleagues, will create a difference.