AppFest Film Festival
WE ARE BLUEGRASS We Are Bluegrass
WE ARE BLUEGRASS
We Are Bluegrass demonstrates local efforts to continue Appalachian heritage through bluegrass music. The film and the program it highlights are a joint collaboration between the DelFest Foundation and Allegany Arts Council.
Featuring bell hooks, Ronny Cox and Billy Redden from Deliverance; director Michael Apted; activists and writers Frank X Walker, Crystal Good and Silas House; and musicians Sam Gleaves and Amythyst Kiah, Hillbilly arrives at a crucial moment, confronting depictions of Appalachian and other rural people on a broad, national level.
It introduces audiences to a nuanced, authentic Appalachia that is quite conscious of how it has been portrayed and the impacts of those portrayals. The documentary deconstructs mainstream representations while asking crucial questions: Where did the hillbilly archetype come from and why has it endured on screen for more than a hundred years? How does it relate to the exploitation of the land and people who live there? How do Appalachian and rural people view themselves as a result of these negative portrayals, and what is the impact on the rest of America?
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Frostburg Palace Theatre
31 E. Main Street, Frostburg, MD 21532