24 August 2010

READ: Appalshop hopes to debunk stereotypes of Appalachia

The Louisville Courier-Journal today published a story on Appalshop, the non-profit multi-disciplinary arts and education center in Whitesburg, Kentucky, that produces original films, video, theater, music and spoken-word recordings, radio, photography, multimedia, and books. The article entitled "Appalshop hopes to debunk stereotypes of Appalachia," is a good piece on the incredible work that the center does. I recommend anyone interested Appalachia-based social justice documentary work check out Appalshop's projects - in particular Elizabeth Barret's 2000 documetnary Stranger With a Camera (trailer below). The film explores the complex relationship between filmmakers and journalists covering social issues in Appalachia and the people in their films and images, framed by the 1967 murder of a Canadian filmmaker by a Kentucky landlord who was angry over media images during the War on Poverty.

Check out the Courier-Journal article and take some time to learn more about the wonderful projects of Appalshop.

Watch the trailer for Stranger With a Camera:

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