Appalshop 2: Appalachian Treasures

Sunday, February 21, 2010, 1:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

Includes the following films:

  • The Electricity Fairy

    2010. USA. Directed by Tom Hansell. The Electricity Fairy examines America's addiction to fossil fuels through the lens of electricity. Coal is used to produce more than half of U.S. electricity, according to the Federal Department of Energy. Exploitation of natural resources makes the impact of the nation’s electricity consumption highly visible in the Appalachian region. Appalshop filmmaker Tom Hansell follows the story of a proposed coal-fired power plant in the mountains of southwest Virginia, connecting the local controversy to the national debate over energy policy. Present-day documentary footage is mixed with old educational films to reveal the hidden costs of living with coal. World premiere. 52 min.

  • The Ralph Stanley Story

    2000. USA. Directed by Herb Smith. For over fifty years, Ralph Stanley’s banjo playing, haunting tenor voice, and traditional repertoire have epitomized old-time bluegrass music. This documentary explores his musical roots in the Clinch Mountains of southwest Virginia, the early days of The Stanley Brothers, and Ralph’s decision to continue on after the untimely death of his brother Carter. Interviews with Ralph, former band members, and fellow musicians are intercut with live performances of such songs as “Rank Stranger,” “Pretty Polly," and "Man of Constant Sorrow." 57 min.