IN 2008 I photographed 3 authors of the book Picking Cotton which was a New York Times best seller. I was very fortunate to befriend one of the writers Erin Torneo and her husband, director Sascha Paladino. Sascha’s new film documentary “Throw Down Your Heart” opens this Friday, June 5th in L.A. The film is a musical documentary that follows American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo and record an album. Béla’s boundary-breaking musical adventure takes him to Uganda, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Mali, and provides a glimpse of the beauty and complexity of Africa. Using his banjo, Béla transcends barriers of language and culture, finding common ground and forging connections with musicians from very different backgrounds.