All this month, Time + Space Limited in Hudson is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Appalshop, a Kentucky media collective that is dedicated to documenting and preserving Appalachian culture and tradition.
The Appalshop Film Festival will feature screenings of more than a dozen documentary films that Appalshop has has helped to produce over the years, telling the stories of people, places and ideas that come from the coal mining towns of Kentucky and the Appalachian region of America.
Tonight’s offerings include:
5:30pm: “Thoughts in the Presence of Fear” and “Quilting Women”
7:30pm: “Stranger With a Camera” and “Lily Mae Ledford”
Tix for each screening are $7; students $5. Go here for a complete schedule of screenings and detailed descriptions of the films.
The highlight of the film fest will take place at 5:30pm on Sunday (August 8) with a screening of “Stranger With a Camera” followed by a discussion with the director (and native Appalachian filmmaker) Elizabeth Barret.
Here is a brief description of each of the documentaries that are being screened at the Appalshop Film Festival:
“Thoughts in the Presence of Fear”: Wendell Berry’s thoughts on 9/11
“Quilting Women”: all about the art of quilt making
“Stranger With a Camera”: a real and tragic event that shows the invasion of a camera into a community and the consequences of local vs. outsiders
“Lily Mae Ledford”: the banjo player with the Coon Creek Girls
“Mabel Parker Hardison Smith”: portrait of mother, coal miner wife and school teacher
“Oaksie”: an eastern Kentucky basket maker, fiddler and harp player
“Evelyn Williams”: coal miner’s daughter, activist, mother of 9, stands up to big oil and gas corporations who want to use her land
“Woodrow Cornett: Letcher County Butcher”: An old-time mountain butcher goes through the intricate process of butchering a hog – with humorous commentary and harmonica playing
“Hand Carved”: The tale of Chester Cornett, who has made chairs for presidents
“Chairmaker”: 80 years old in 1975, Dewey Thompson shows you how to make a chair from beginning to end
“Girl’s Hoops”: the history of girl’s basket ball in Kentucky
“Sara Bailey”: one of Appalachia’s finest weavers and corn shuck artists
“Hazel Dickens: It’s Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song”: From the coal mines of West Virginia to the factories of Baltimore, Hazel
Dickens has lived the songs she sings.
“Fast Food Women”: an inside look at the lives of women who
fry chicken, make pizzas and flip burgers at fast food joints in Kentucky
“Sourwood Mountain Dulcimers”: an examination of one of the world’s oldest instruments – how to make them and how to play them
“The Sunnyside of Life: The Carter Family Story”: The First Family of country music
“Strangers & Kin”: A funny and poignant film about the collision of technology and tradition in Appalachia
“Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning”: a singer who some might not know, but is in the league of Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris