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Sourwood Mountain Dulcimers/John Jacob Niles

Sourwood Mountain Dulcimers/John Jacob Niles

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 Niles, 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.
S1 E10 Length 56:40 Premiere: 3.10.11 Rating: TV-G

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Appalshop @ 40: Classics from the Collection

About Appalshop @ 40: Classics from the Collection

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.

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Big Lever - S1 E2

In 1978 Richard Nixon chose Leslie 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.

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Coalmining Women/In Ya Blood - S1 E3

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."

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Hand Carved - S1 E4

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.

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Buffalo Creek: An Act of God/Buffalo Creek Revisited - S1 E5

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.

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Strangers and Kin - S1 E6

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.

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Nimrod Workman: To Fit My Own Category/Coal Miner: Frank Jackson/UMWA: A House Divided - S1 E8

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Season 1 Episodes

Beyond Measure

S1 E11 Premiere Date 3.17.11

Sourwood Mountain Dulcimers/John Jacob Niles

S1 E10 Length 56:40 Premiere Date 3.10.11

Long Journey Home

S1 E7 Premiere Date 2.17.11

Strangers and Kin

S1 E6 Premiere Date 2.10.11

Hand Carved

S1 E4 Premiere Date 1.27.11

Coalmining Women/In Ya Blood

S1 E3 Premiere Date 1.20.11

Big Lever

S1 E2 Premiere Date 1.13.11

Sunnyside of Life

S1 E1 Premiere Date 1.6.11

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