Appalshop is celebrating 40 years of media work in central Appalachia with screenings February 19-21 at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Appalshop’s films, youth media, and collaborative productions are part of Documentary Fortnight, 2010: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film.
In more than four decades Appalshop has produced the largest single body of media work on the history, culture, and social issues of Appalachia, while also linking its programs to poor and marginalized groups in locales across the U.S. and internationally.
The MoMA schedule is built around three themes: Media Representation, Appalachian Treasures, and Appalshop at 40: Experiments in Place-Based Media.
Friday, February 19, will feature the world premiere of Appalshop’s latest documentary, ‘The Electricity Fairy’. The film examines America’s addiction to fossil fuels through the lens of electricity. 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.
Also showing will be ‘The Ralph Stanley Story’, a portrait of the bluegrass music legend, and one of the earliest Appalshop films, ‘Whitesburg Epic’ (1971), recently preserved by the Appalshop Archive; ‘Searching for an Appalachian Accent’ (2002), a youth-produced video from the Appalachian Media Institute; and the award-winning documentary ‘Stranger With a Camera’ (2000).
Saturday, February 20, will include a discussion and program that examines Appalshop’s experiences with and approaches to placebased media. Excerpts from a wide range of work will be shown, including archival films, recent coal-focused documentaries, youth media, and collaborative productions from Appalshop’s Appalachian/Indonesian Exchange Project. In this program, Appalshop artists will be joined by moderator Alyce Myatt, executive director of Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media.
On Sunday, February 21, the Friday program will be repeated.
For full schedule information, visit appalshop. org/news/2010-news/ appalshop-at-moma.html.
For ticket information, visit www.moma.org/ visit/plan/#filmticketing.