Urban Appalachian Film Festival and Discussion
with a Filmmaker Discussion featuring Susan Pepper and Julianne Donofrio
This lecture will feature two sessions on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Mini-Micro Cinema
These lectures are free, but spaces are limited and registration is required. Registration is available online by clicking here.
In conjunction with the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, join us for a celebration of culture, art and tradition as the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition presents two showings of esteemed films dedicated to representing the region.
Currently in post-production, selected clips of The Mountain Minor will be shown. Minor, set in Eastern Kentucky during the Depression, tells the story of Oza and Vestal Abner as they face the decision to leave their life and home to find opportunities for work in Cincinnati. Fifty years later, they follow their desire to return to their mountain home and face similar struggles, uprooting a life and passing on the musical traditions that have connected the Abner family to Eastern Kentucky for generations.
Pieced Together is the first documentary film about the American Quilt Square Trail movement. Directed by Julianne Donofrio, a Peabody award-winning producer and veteran of ABC News, the film tells the story of an Ohio woman’s love for her mother. And how that love changed the American landscape after a job loss and breast cancer diagnosis.
On Thursday, writer Dana Wildsmith will also read excerpts from her novel Jumping, a story of immigration from the perspective of an Appalachian woman. Following the screenings, filmmakers will discuss how the exploration of historic and ongoing Appalachian issues help expand the Appalachian community beyond its borders.
In collaboration with Mini-Micro Cinema, the Appalachian Studies Association and the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition.