Appalachian Documentary Film Series at BRAHM



Article Published: Jun. 5 | Modified: Jun. 5
Appalachian Documentary Film Series at BRAHM

Hazel Dickens, a musician and songwriter who came from the coalfields of West Virginia and was a pioneering and influential artist in bluegrass and country music, is the subject of the film, 'Hazel Dickens: It’s Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song.'

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This summer, as part of its mission to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the mountains, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is hosting its second Appalachian Documentary Film Series.

According to BRAHM, 2013’s film series was well-attended and filled with lively discussion, and this year’s series promises to be entertaining and educational, as well.

The museum will be screening three very different films that explore different aspects of the culture and history of the Appalachian Mountains. The films will be followed by a facilitated discussion and question-and-answer session, as well as complimentary wine and refreshments.

The series will begin on Tuesday, June 10, at 5:30 p.m., with a screening of “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot.” This film follows the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader, whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called “eloquent and prophetic.”

Dr. Sandra Ballard, a scholar of the region and editor of the Appalachian Journal, will facilitate the discussion.

On Tuesday, July 29, “The Mystery of George Masa” will be screened. This film explores the fascinating character of George Masa, a Japanese photographer who came to the Appalachian Mountains in 1915. His photographic skills and leadership contributed to the creation of a pair of American icons — the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Trail.

Ending the series is “Hazel Dickens: It’s Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song,” a film about Hazel Dickens, a musician and important songwriter who came from the coalfields of West Virginia and was a pioneering and influential artist in bluegrass and country music. The film features several music performances and interviews with well-known musicians, such as Alison Krauss and Naomi Judd.

The cost for each film is $8. For more information, contact Leila Weinstein, BRAHM educational programs coordinator, at (828) 295.9099, ext .3006, or (leila@blowingrockmuseum.org)

BRAHM is located at 159 Chestnut St. in downtown Blowing Rock. For more information, visit http://www.blowingrockmuseum.org.

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