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Appalshop wins Appalachian film award

Appalshop received the Mary Jane Coleman Award for outstanding support of film production, art and culture in the Appalachian region, given by the Southern Appalachia International Film Festival. The award was accepted by filmmaker Tom Hansell on behalf of Appalshop at a recent meeting in Johnson City, Tenn.

Filmmaker Mimi Pickering has been asked to serve with the strategic planning advisory group for the University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research.

Jim Webb of WMMT-FM participated in the annual meeting of the Southern Appalachian Writer’s Co-Op last weekend at the Highlander Center near Knoxville. He presided over the Delbert Awards ceremony, the SAWC’s recognition of outstanding efforts in contemporary Appalachian literature.

Filmmakers Shawn Lind and Herb E. Smith recently videotaped a workshop at Pine Mountain Settlement School on building dry stone walls.

Natasha Watts of Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute recently wrote and recorded a commentary on prescription drug abuse for National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” show.

Filmmaker Elizabeth Barret presented her award-winning film ‘Stranger With a Camera” for a film series sponsored by the Appalachian Studies Center at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. She is scheduled to show the film and lead a discussion on Oct. 29 at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. The program is sponsored by the History Student Association.

Filmmaker Tony Slone has been crisscrossing the country in recent months for a film project for the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Most recently he has filmed musicians in New York, Maine and Maryland.

Mia Frederick of WMMT’s Community Correspondence Corps and Mimi Pickering recently conducted workshops on producing place stories for members of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. OVEC plans to create a community reporter network in West Virginia.

Rich and the Poor Folks, a traditional band headed by Rich Kirby of WMMT, has recently played at the Indian Summer Festival in Jenkins, the Ralph Stanley Museum in Clintwood, Va., and Home Crafts Days in Big Stone Gap, Va. Shane Hall of Pikeville has replaced Julia Shepherd on banjo, and the other two members are Roy Tackett of Jackhorn and Nate Polly of Mayking. They often practice on Monday nights at Summit City Coffee Shop in Whitesburg.

Several from Appalshop recently attended the convention in Austin, Tex., of the National Association of Media Arts and Culture. They included Appalshop Director Art Menius, Mimi Pickering, and AMI’s Rebecca O’Doherty and Machlyn Blair.

Progress on the renovation of the Boone Building is coming along bit by bit. This month, the electrical system is being updated. In addition, the gallery of the main Appalshop building is getting a new coat of paint in preparation for an art exhibit by artist Dobree Adams.

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