Series Information


This series features a variety of characters, topics, film styles, and production dates that taken together reflect both the place-specific nature and universality of Appalshop media work. A number of the individual films have been preserved and remastered as part of the work of the Appalshop Archive.

TV Schedule

Kentucky Programming Strangers and Kin #106 [TV-G]
The film traces the evolution of the "hillbilly" image through Hollywood films, network news and entertainment shows, dramatic renderings of popular literature, and interviews with contemporary Appalachians to demonstrate how stereotypes are created, reinforced, and often used to rationalize exploitation.

  • KETKY Sunday, April 13 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY Monday, April 14 at 11:00 am EDT
  • KETKY Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 am EDT

Kentucky Programming Long Journey Home #107 [TV-G]
This documentary dispels this myth of a "pure Anglo-Saxon" Appalachia as it explores the ethnic diversity of the region, the economic forces causing people to migrate into and out of the area, and the personal choices individuals make to stay, to leave, and to come back.

  • KETKY Sunday, April 20 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 am EDT

Kentucky Programming Nimrod Workman: To Fit My Own Category/Coal Miner: Frank Jackson/UMWA: A House Divided #108 [TV-G]
Nimrod Workman was born in 1895 and spent his life raising a family of eleven by working in the West Virginia coal mines. The film is an extended visit at his home as he and his family prepare meals, build an addition to the house, dig for yellow root, swap jokes with the neighbors, and enjoy each other's company. Next, an early Appalshop film juxtaposes coal miner Frank Jackson's personal recollections of union organizing and mining work with scenes of him in and around the mines. Also, a film of a speech given by W.A. Boyle, president of UMWA, at a miners' rally in Big Stone Gap, Va., in the summer of 1970 with scenes at a mine and interviews with working and disabled miners.

  • KETKY Sunday, April 27 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY Monday, April 28 at 11:00 am EDT
  • KETKY Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 am EDT

Kentucky Programming Harriette Arnow/Ourselves and That Promise #109 [TV-G]
In interviews filmed not long before her death, Harriet Simpson Arnow, author of the The Dollmaker, describes the basic biographical details of her life and reveals the difficulties of being a writer, a wife, and a mother. And. three contemporary Kentuckians, James Still, Robert Penn Warren, and Billy Davis, discuss their work and its relationship to the environment in which they live.

  • KETKY Sunday, May 4 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY Monday, May 5 at 11:00 am EDT
  • KETKY Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 am EDT

Kentucky Programming Sourwood Mountain Dulcimers/John Jacob Niles #110 [TV-G]
I.D. Stamper, a master dulcimer builder and player from Letcher County, Ky., and John McCutcheon, a young musician, play together, swap tunes, discuss musical traditions, and demonstrate the difference between hammered and mountain-style dulcimer. And, a portrait of John Jacob Nile, the adding machine repairman who came to eastern Kentucky in 1909 and became a much-noted "arranger, expander, collector, recorder, and performer" of traditional Appalachian ballads. The film shows Niles in concert, at home, at work arranging his music, and explaining the historical place of balladry in American music.

  • KETKY Sunday, May 11 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY Monday, May 12 at 11:00 am EDT
  • KETKY Thursday, May 15 at 7:00 am EDT

Kentucky Programming Beyond Measure #111 [TV-G]
Explores the interplay between culture and economy while looking at the economic history of the Appalachian region. Focusing primarily on current events, the film puts the challenges of large-scale job loss in historical context and documents efforts of citizens to rebuild their communities.

  • KETKY Sunday, May 18 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY Monday, May 19 at 11:00 am EDT
  • KETKY Thursday, May 22 at 7:00 am EDT

Kentucky Programming Sunnyside of Life #101 [TV-G]
Celebrates the legacy of the country music dynasty the Carter Family by focusing on the Carter Family Fold in Maces Spring, Va., an old-time music hall founded in 1975 by Janette, Joe, and Gladys, the children of A.P. and Sara Carter. The film features Saturday night performances at the Fold by such artists as the Home Folks, Red Clay Ramblers, and Hot Mud Family. The film also includes a history of the Carter Family.

  • KETKY Sunday, May 25 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY Monday, May 26 at 11:00 am EDT
  • KETKY Thursday, May 29 at 7:00 am EDT
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