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Appalachian Film Series at BRAHM

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Article Published: Aug. 8, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 29, 2013
Appalachian Film Series at BRAHM

Filmmaker Tom Hansel, director of ‘The Electricity Fairy,’ will appear at BRAHM to discuss his work as part of the Appalachian Film Series.

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Appalachian Film Series Schedule

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 4 p.m.: “The Electricity Fairy” (52 minutes; 2010), directed by Tom Hansell
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 4 p.m.: “The Ralph Stanley Story” (82 minutes; 2000), directed by Herb E. Smith
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 4 p.m.: “Strangers and Kin: A History of the Hillbilly Image” (58 minutes; 1984), directed by Herb E. Smith 

Are you looking for something different to do this summer?

Would you like to learn more about the history and culture of Appalachia? This August, as part of its mission to promote the rich cultural heritage of the mountains, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is launching its inaugural Appalachian Film Series.

The 2013 film series will begin Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 4 p.m. and will feature three independent films that explore different aspects of the culture and history of the Appalachian Mountains. All of the films will be followed by a facilitated discussion and question-and-answer session, as well as complimentary wine and refreshments.

The films will cover a wide range of regionally relevant topics, from coal mining to music to representations of Appalachian people in popular media.

The series will kick off Aug. 14, with “The Electricity Fairy” (2010), which follows the story of a proposed coal-fired power plant in the mountains of southwest Virginia. “The Electricity Fairy” explores America’s current energy crisis through a mixture of present-day documentary footage and clips of old educational films. For the screening, BRAHM will welcome Tom Hansell, the filmmaker, to facilitate the discussion afterwards.

On Aug. 21, BRAHM will screen “The Ralph Stanley Story” (2000), which explores the Grammy Award-winner’s musical roots in the Clinch Mountains of Virginia and includes interviews with musicians, such as Dwight Yoakum and Patty Loveless, as well as footage of live concert performances.

Concluding the series will be the 1984 film, “Strangers and Kin: A History of the Hillbilly Image” (1984), which discusses (in funny and poignant ways) stereotypes and the “hillbilly” image in media, such as Hollywood films, network news and television shows.

Films are $10 each or $25 for the whole series. For more information or to reserve tickets, call Leila Weinstein, BRAHM educational programs coordinator, at (828) 295-9099, extension 3006. BRAHM is located at 159 Chestnut St. in downtown Blowing Rock.

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