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.
Sourwood Mountain Dulcimers/John Jacob Niles #110
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, December 8 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Monday, December 9 at 11:00 am EST
- KETKY Tuesday, December 10 at 1:00 am EST
- KETKY Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 am EST
- KETKY Sunday, February 23 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Monday, February 24 at 11:00 am EST
- KETKY Tuesday, February 25 at 1:00 am EST
- KETKY Thursday, February 27 at 7:00 am EST
Beyond Measure #111
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, December 15 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Monday, December 16 at 11:00 am EST
- KETKY Tuesday, December 17 at 1:00 am EST
- KETKY Thursday, December 19 at 7:00 am EST
- KETKY Sunday, March 2 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Monday, March 3 at 11:00 am EST
- KETKY Tuesday, March 4 at 1:00 am EST
- KETKY Thursday, March 6 at 7:00 am EST
Sunnyside of Life #101
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, December 22 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Monday, December 23 at 11:00 am EST
- KETKY Tuesday, December 24 at 1:00 am EST
- KETKY Thursday, December 26 at 7:00 am EST
Big Lever #102
In 1978 Richard Nixon chose Letcher County, Ky., for his first public appearance since resigning the presidency. Priceless footage of his visit introduces this incisive and sometimes hilarious look at the engines that drive American politics. The film explores the machinations of party politics in this rural and staunchly Republican county.
- KETKY Sunday, December 29 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Monday, December 30 at 11:00 am EST
- KETKY Tuesday, December 31 at 1:00 am EST
- KETKY Thursday, January 2 at 7:00 am EST
Coalmining Women/In Ya Blood #103
Interviewed at home and on the job, women coal miners tell of the conditions that led them to seek employment in this traditionally male-dominated industry and the problems they encountered once hired. And, the story of a typical young man from Appalachia in the summer after his senior year in high school. He must face the difficult decision faced by many Appalachian youth - whether to stay in the mountains or leave in search of a "better life."
- KETKY Sunday, January 5 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Monday, January 6 at 11:00 am EST
- KETKY Tuesday, January 7 at 1:00 am EST
- KETKY Thursday, January 9 at 7:00 am EST
Hand Carved #104
Chester Cornett made chairs for Presidents and his work is displayed in museums across the country. In this film, Chester fells a tree on the site of his family's homeplace on the top of Pine Mountain in southeastern Kentucky and transports it back to his small apartment and workshop in inner-city Cincinnati. He uses simple hand tools to chop, whittle, and carve the wood into an exquisite, eight-legged, "two-in-one" rocker.
- KETKY Sunday, January 12 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Monday, January 13 at 11:00 am EST
- KETKY Tuesday, January 14 at 1:00 am EST
- KETKY Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 am EST
Buffalo Creek: An Act of God/Buffalo Creek Revisited #105
On February 26, 1972, a coal-waste dam owned by the Pittston Company collapsed at the head of a crowded hollow in southern West Virginia. The disaster left 125 dead and 4,000 homeless. Interviews with survivors, representatives of union and citizen's groups, and officials of the Pittston Company are juxtaposed with actual footage of the flood. Filmed ten years after the Flood, Buffalo Creek Revisited looks at the second disaster, in which the survivors' efforts to rebuild the communities are thwarted by government insensitivity and a century-old pattern of corporate control of the region's land and resources.
- KETKY Sunday, January 19 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Monday, January 20 at 11:00 am EST
- KETKY Tuesday, January 21 at 1:00 am EST
- KETKY Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 am EST
Strangers and Kin #106
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, January 26 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Monday, January 27 at 11:00 am EST
- KETKY Tuesday, January 28 at 1:00 am EST
- KETKY Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 am EST
- KETKY Saturday, February 1 at 11:00 pm EST
Long Journey Home #107
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, February 2 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Monday, February 3 at 11:00 am EST
- KETKY Tuesday, February 4 at 1:00 am EST
- KETKY Thursday, February 6 at 7:00 am EST
Nimrod Workman: To Fit My Own Category/Coal Miner: Frank Jackson/UMWA: A House Divided #108
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, February 9 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Monday, February 10 at 11:00 am EST
- KETKY Tuesday, February 11 at 1:00 am EST
- KETKY Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 am EST
Harriette Arnow/Ourselves and That Promise #109
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, February 16 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Monday, February 17 at 11:00 am EST
- KETKY Tuesday, February 18 at 1:00 am EST
- KETKY Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 am EST
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91 Madison St.
Whitesburg, KY 41858