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Lexington Film League Showcase: Early Appalshop Films
November 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Lexington Film League and 21c invite you to our film showcase featuring the early films of Appalshop shown on 16mm film. Appalshop staff members Elizabeth Barret and Caroline Rubens will join us as we screen early works by this influential eastern Kentucky community organization.
Whitesburg Epic (1971); 16mm, b/w, sound, 9 minutes.
Coal Miner: Frank Jackson (1971); 16mm, b/w, sound, 12 minutes.
The Big Lever: Party Politics in Leslie County, Kentucky (1982); 16mm, color, sound, 53 minutes.
Appalshop is a media, arts, and education center located in Whitesburg, Kentucky. It was founded in 1969, as one of seven Community Film Workshops funded by the United States Office of Economic Opportunity and the American Film Institute. To date, it has produced more than one hundred films that document the life, celebrate the culture, and voice the concerns of people living in Appalachia and rural America. In addition, Appalshop operates a community radio station, theater division, youth media program, and a record label specializing in traditional mountain music. It has also established a regional archive that safeguards Appalshop’s collections and other materials relevant to Appalachian life and culture. The organization began as an experiment in regional filmmaking and grew into an ambitious endeavor to represent a region that has traditionally been at the fringes of American media. The movies in this program are emblematic of the documentary impulse to amplify place-based stories and experiences, and were instrumental in establishing Appalshop as an essential voice for Appalachian art, culture and social issues.
> For more information about Appalshop Films and programs please visit www.appalshop.org or call 606-633-0108.
About the Lexington Film League Showcase
The Lexington Film League Showcase at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington will present monthly programs that reflect the richness and diversity of contemporary film and video practice in the region and the world. The programs will include new works made by young artists, important works made by living artists, and historical works made by marginalized artists. The programs will include works made in different media, including single-channel films and videos, as well as performances. The programs will also include works that reference different genres, including abstract, non-narrative, documentary, and fictional works. The primary focus of the Showcase will be to introduce Lexington audiences to important film and video works that are not currently available in the area. The ultimate goal of the Showcase is to promote Lexington and 21c as a venue for artistic film and video work.