Cratis Williams: Living the Divided Life

Cratis Williams: Living the Divided Life

$299.99

Balladeer, linguist, cultural activist, storyteller, Cratis Williams was an eloquent defender of Appalachian Culture and one of the most important scholars of the post-war era

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“It is one of the best biographies I have ever seen, and no film I have seen shows better how difficult it is to challenge stereotypes of Appalachia. He is one of the great cultural heroes in our nation’s history.” Steve Fesenmaier, Director, West Virginia Library Commission’s Film Services Unit

Balladeer, linguist, cultural activist, storyteller, Cratis Williams was an eloquent defender of Appalachian Culture and one of the most important scholars of the post-war era. In this hour long documentary, Cratis visits his ancestral homeland on Caine’s Creek in Eastern Kentucky’s Big Sandy Valley. He reminisces about confronting the stereotypes of Appalachian Culture and personalities while growing up among descendants of “Kentucky Long Hunters, veterans of the American Revolution, Tories escaped to the backwoods, refugees from the Whisky Rebellion, and Kentucky Mountain feudists.”    Cratis Web Ready

Featuring Appalachia’s most influential writers, poets, and cultural bearers

Cratis Williams weaves his personal recollection, in-depth scholarship and understanding of folk culture into a grand tale of the modern Appalachian experience. Also featured in the documentary are Pat Beaver, Grace Edwards, Loyal Jones, Jim Wayne Miller, David Williams and Gurney Norman attesting to the historical importance of Dr. Cratis Williams’ scholarship and work for a generation of artists, writers and scholars.

 Cratis at Schoolhouse-med

View video clips

Cratis talks about Appalachian Speech
Jim Wayne Miller On Appalachian Regional Identify

 

Produced and directed by Fred Johnson

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Screenings and Festivals
Kentucky Educational Television (Ongoing broadcasts)
Southern Education Communications Association (public tv throughout the South)
North Caroline Public Television
Athens International Film and Video Festival
Berea College, Special Screening
Appalachian Studies Conference, Boone,  North Carolina
 Who else has bought this film?  See World Catalogue 
DVD – 58:30 minutes
NOTE:  We plan to digitally re-master and add closed captioning in the next 12 months (11/16 – 11/17). We will replace your copy with the new version at no charge.
The institutional price provides for public exhibition and performance rights. It does not include streaming, web sites, or clipping.  We offer Digital Streaming Licenses.

 

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DVD – Institutional, DVD – Home

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