Appalshop 1: Media Representation
Followed by a discussion with Elizabeth Barret, film archivist Caroline Rubens, and Appalachian Media Institute’s lead trainer Natasha Watts
Friday, February 19, 2010, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
Includes the following films:
1971. USA. Directed by Bill Richardson. One of the very first films in the Appalshop catalogue, Whitesburg Epic is unique in that it uses “man on the street” reportage to investigate the issues faced by people of Appalachia. The young filmmakers headed out onto Main Street in Appalshop’s hometown of Whitesburg, Kentucky, and interviewed local people about growing up in a small town, their reactions to the war in Southeast Asia, and the recent massacre at Kent State. 9 min.
Searching for an Appalachian Accent
2002. USA. Directed by Charity Quillen, Kelli Caudill. This youth-produced video explores how traditional culture and ways of speaking have been stigmatized, both by people from eastern Kentucky who feel compelled to drop their accent, and by those from outside the region who don’t question the "hillbilly" stereotype. 17 min.
Stranger with a Camera
2000. USA. Directed by Elizabeth Barret. The death of Canadian filmmaker Hugh O’Connor, who was shot and killed by east Kentucky resident Hobart Ison at the height of the War on Poverty in Appalachia, serves as a departure point for Director Elizabeth Barret to explore issues of media representation and to reflect on the complex intersection of communities, cultures, and cameras. 61 min.
In the Film exhibition Documentary Fortnight, 2010: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film
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