West Virginia and Appalachian Videos
West Virginia Library Commission
Credits for the WV Videography
Descriptions: Steve Fesenmaier
Data Input: Patty Wills
Note: This is the complete list of films and videos (as of 1996) available from the West Virginia Library Commission on West Virginia and Appalachia. It is the largest collection of such films and videos available anywhere. Anyone can borrow any of the films/videos from any local public library inside WV. For more information, contact Steve Fesenmaier, Research Librarian, at email@example.com
Additional AppLit Resources:
Complete List of AppLit Pages on Film
Appalachian Film and Television Topics
Dr. Stephen D. Mooney, Instructor, Department of English and Appalachian Studies Program, has compiled a list of film and television shows for his Appalachian Studies Classes at Virginia Tech, VA.
Davenport Films and From the Brothers Grimm
American versions of classic folk and fairy tales, many Appalachian. Davenport has also made many other Appalachian films.
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Huntington, WV
Press release from September 9, 2002, entitled “World premier screenings at Flooded Out Film Festival
All proceeds from Oct. 10 event go to flood victims”
West Virginia Film Makers Film Festival
Winning Festival Films, background information on the first festival, local history, links to sponsors, links to information on film such as The Griffin and the Minor Canon, The Night of the Hunter, Invasion of the Space Preachers, etc.
The West Virginia Filmmakers Guild was created in 1985 to provide networking and communication between West Virginia film and video makers and those interested in these crafts in West Virginia. Central to its mission is educating the public and promoting West Virginia filmmakers and their films to the public.
ACID RAIN: REQUIEM OR RECOVERY
27 M. 1982 NFBC 16MM
Examines what acid rain is, where it originates and how its slow insidious advance threatens not only the natural life around us, but our man-made environment as well.
30 M. 1986/87 VHS Barbara Cox/David Seam
Two West Virginia independent videographers made this documentary about Parsons, WV — the town most damaged by the great flood of 1986. Interviews with survivors and the workers who came in to help.
55 M. 1980 16MM/VHS James Agee Film Project
The only film biography of a major American writer to be nominated for an Academy Award. James Agee, a son of Appalachia, was a poet, journalist, film critic, screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. He worked on the script for WV's masterpiece, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. His life in Hollywood, New York and elsewhere was incredibly intense and productive.
AIR POLLUTION: TAKE A DEEP, DEADLY BREATH
19 M. 16MM
Vienna, West Virginia is the star of this film which is part 2 of a 3 part film (only this part is available). It is trying to cope with the problem of air pollution which is caused by the industrial plants in Ohio. People try to meet the problem head-on. They organize an Air Pollution Committee, seek aid under the Clean Air Act, 1963.
ALMOST HEAVEN: GRAFTON, WV
22 M. Griesinger 16MM
A curiously disquieting and sympathetically developed look at a small town in West Virginia. Radio newscasts reporting on Nixon's disposition of the Watergate tapes are interwoven into the lives of Everyday West Virginians as wives disclose drinking problems, people remark on marital disharmony, and a tattooed man discusses his philosophy of life.
52 M. B&W 1993 VHS Dept. of Archives and History
Telling the history of West Virginia along parallel lines with the major Civil War events.
60 M. 1995 PBS Color/B&W VHS
From the coal mines of Appalachia to the farmlands of California, the poor forged partnerships with middle-class students in the War on Poverty that opened new doors to both groups. Students and young people, roused by the social consciousness of the early 1960s, were drawn by the thousands to programs such as Legal Services and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA).
AMERICA AND LEWIS HINE
56 M. 1984 Cinema Guild VHS/16MM
Lewis Hine was the first photographer in America who wanted to use his camera as a means to change horrible reality. He photographed America during its first four decades of this century — coal mines in West Virginia, immigrants at Ellis Island, child labor, industrial and migrant workers, and finally, the construction of the Empire State Building. Narrated by Jason Robards and Maureen Stapleton. A testament to the character and strength of the men, women and children who built America.
AMERICA'S WAR ON POVERTY: IN SERVICE TO AMERICA
60 M. 1995 PBS Color/B&W VHS
From the coal mines of Appalachia to the farmlands of California, the poor forged partnerships with middle-class students in the War on Poverty that opened new doors to both groups. Students and young people, roused by the social consciousness of the early 1960s, were drawn by the thousands to programs such as Legal Services and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA).
AMERICAN ADVENTURE: THE ROCKET PILOTS
77 M. 1981 VHS Films, Inc.
Chuck Yeager, native of Hamlin, WV, was the first man to break the sound barrier and travel twice as fast as sound. He led America into the Space Age. He and other test pilots who flew the X-15 are the subject of this spectacular history of the birth of the Space Age.
AMERICAN GENIUS: JAMES RUMSEY
27 M. 1995 James Surkamp VHS
One of the first two modern scientists in our country according to technology historian Edwin T. Layton of the University of Minnesota. James Rumsey's contribution to steam power in the form of boats, trains, mills, and today's massive turbines is unquestioned. How did this frontier blacksmith from Shepherdstown, West Virginia accomplish so much in the 1780s? And more mysterious, why do we know so little about the man Thomas Jefferson called "the most brilliant mechanical genius I have ever met."?
AMERICAN PATCHWORK: APPALACHIAN JOURNEY
60 M. 1992 VHS PBS
Visit the birthplace of country music and meet it creators. Everyone from moonshiners to Kentucky coal miners, not to mention a whole array of expert banjo pickers, fiddle-players and guitar strummers. Listen to Davy Crockett's favorite yarn. Hear the original ballad of Tom Dooley. Trace the growth of Southern mountain music, from the primitive mouth blow to red-hot bluegrass bands.
10 M. 1953 16MM/VHS James Davis
The artist James Davis (native WV) has chosen a formal structure separating two sequences involving images of color and motion-one photographed from nature (objects mirrored on water) and the other created in the studio. He expressed his purpose to explore "the analogy: between effects of moving forms of color which are observed in highly reflective surfaces, both natural and artificial." The film is most striking when the natural reflected images are not recognizable as objects but become kinetic visual patterns, as the ripples pour like thick paint across the water. The success of Analogies #1 is demonstrated in the seamless blending of the two parts and the ease with which one can be unaware of the transition.
ANONYMOUS WAS A WOMAN
30 M. 1977 Films, Inc. 16MM
Frequently when a piece of folk art was given the attribution "anonymous," it was the work of an unknown woman. Because they did not have awareness of themselves as "artists," but rather as mothers of daughters just adding a little beauty to household goods, they did not sign the sampler, quilt, rug, or needlework. Part of "The Originals: Women In Art" series.
30 M. 1987 James Surkamp VHS
A historically accurate documentary telling how about 1,000 women and children and a few doctors cared for about 3,000 mostly Confederate soldiers who were wounded in the area between September 17 (Battle of Antietam/Sharpsburg) through September 20 (Battle of Shepherdstown), 1862. Recreating the pathos of the moment, it portrays a common scene from that war — a small town overwhelmed by a nearby battle and redeemed by acts of extraordinary heroism and compassion. All photographed civilians lived in Shepherdstown during the war. Line art, mostly by David Hunter Strother ("Porte Crayon), is of people of this immediate region between 1858 and 1868.
APPALACHIA: NO MAN'S LAND
28 M. 1981 VHS/16MM Mary Knoll
The recent super-merger of Conoco and Dupont sets the importance of this incisive film investigation into Appalachia. Filmed in Mingo County, WV. and Martin County, Ky. Interviews with the natives, organizers, and poets are intercut with the scenes of destruction. Floods, black lung, and uncontrolled strip mining disasters which are the result of ownership by huge multinational corporations which are primary forces in Appalachia. The postscript lists results of the arc land ownership study just published.
30 M. 1971 16MM/VHS Appalshop
Presents Appalachian youth discussing coal mining, the educational system, job opportunities, recreation, health facilities, politics and poverty. Shows what direction Appalachia will head in the future.
28 M. 1987 VHS Jacob Young
Following in the great Americanarama tradition of GATES OF HEAVEN, WV videographer Jacob Young visits the local Mom and Pop Automobile Salvage Dealerships around the region. From love to hate, from success to failure—small business at its most exciting!
31 M. B&W 1973 Phoenix 16MM
Themes of youth and joy, ritual and religion, and the love of a man and a women are presented through Martha Graham's interpretation in dance and Aaron Copland's music.
30 M. 1968 Walter J. Klein 16MM
Shows the 2,000 mile hiking path up the backbone of the United States. Includes winter trail sequences, unusual aerial shots, and historic scenes of the changes the trail has gone through.
90 M. 1977 Appalshop 16MM
Appalshop, the most successful regional media center in America, takes a look at itself and its films. Excerpts from 12 Appalshop films are included along with many interviews. Appalshop was one of the most exciting new institutions at the beginning of the 70's in Appalachia, along with the Foxfire books and other attempts at rejecting the popular stereotypes of Appalachia. Appalshop's film emphasize the value of tradition and the wisdom of the "older way" rather than the "new" techniques of mass society.
19 M. Wombat 16MM
For pioneers of North America, apple doll making provided pleasure as well as creative expression. Urve Buffey demonstrates a rare skill whose products are valued as much for their unique individuality as their beauty.
ARTS & LETTERS WITH RACHEL WORBY: THE ARTISTS
30 M. 1993 VHS WNPB-TV
This special is an in-depth look at the artists who exhibited at the 1991-92 Arts & Letters Series at the Governor's Mansion in Charleston, WV. Each documentary short segment will visit the artist in the studio as we hear personal analyzes of the artists' work and motivations. Featured artists are: Mark Blumennstein, Alderson; Diana Suttenfield- Abshire, Shepherdstown; Paula Clendenin, Charleston; Frank Herrera, Martinsburg; Diane White-Gibson, Scott Depot; and a biographical retrospective of Blanche Lazzell.
ARTS & LETTERS WITH RACHEL WORBY SERIES
Includes the following:
TAYLOR BRANCH - 30 M., 9/9/91 — Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book America in the King Years, Taylor Branch brings alive the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. Through his own experiences, he fuses history with a search for moral correctness. His analysis of the meaning of Democracy serves as a wake-up call for Americans.
JOHN HENDRICKS - 30 M., 10/23/91 - John Hendricks, originally from Matewan, West Virginia, tells the fascinating tale of innovation and risk-taking behind the Discovery Channel. With Discovery the fifth largest cable channel, Hendricks explains how educational programming is commercially viable in 1990s America.
EUGENIA ZUKERMAN - 30 M., 3/24/92 - Familiar to many for her arts commentaries on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kurait, Eugenia Zukerman presents the surprisingly interesting development of the flute and its repertoire. Through sparkling performances and clever analysis, she begins with the myth of Pan and Syrinx (as interpreted by Claude Debussy), then ends with a contemporary but timeless piece from China. Zukerman has performed and recorded with many of the major orchestras and chamber groups throughout the world.
HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. - 30 M., 4/29/92 - One of the nation's leading experts in African American literature, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. retells stories of his youth in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. He later relates first hand experiences with expatriate/writer James Baldwin and shares his surprising analysis of the author.
MOUNTAIN THYME - 30 M., 5/31/92 - Combining Scottish and Irish cultural music with traditional instruments in a non-traditional way, Mountain Thyme revels in the haunting tones of Celtic music. Bonnie Tatterson, Peggy Longwell, Pat Epstein and Pam Curry are hugely talented women who are not only committed to playing great music, but to understanding and expressing it with great emotion. They sing in a three-part harmony, allowing the revealing Celtic music to touch the soul. Ageless themes of rousing comradely, love, lost, and adventures at sea are all prominent in the repertory of Mountain Thyme. This lilting music is sometimes played without accompaniment and sometimes with the "mountain sounds" of West Virginia, achieved from a blend of mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass, Bazuki and keyboard synthesizer.
OLLIE WATTS DAVIS - 30 M., 8/9/92 - One of the nation's most promising young lyric sopranos is West Virginia native Ollie Watts Davis. Originally from Mount Hope (Fayette County), Ms. Davis made her New York City debut at Carnegie Hall. On this program, she sings and explains the rich variety of American spirituals.
BOB WOODWARD - 30 M., 9/13/92 - A challenging ethical debate is on tap as Bob Woodward turns the Arts & Letters audience into an editorial board. After presenting detailed facts behind a Washington Post story, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist leads us through the process of deciding to publish or not publish a sensational story about a high ranking political figure.
DAVID SELBY - 30 M., 10/21/92 - The well-known actor from Morgantown presents a one-of-a-kind dramatic performance/reading. He revives his own writings from 20 years ago, blending in a wide selection of works by such diverse persons as Abraham Lincoln and Bertold Brecht. Selby is perhaps best known by his television roles, including Richard Channing on the prime time series Falcon Crest.
GEORGE GARRETT - 30 M., 3/4/93 - A poet, novelist, screenwriter and critic, George Garrett is the Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. A prolific writer, Garrett has published more than 25 major works of fiction and poetry, including a celebrated Elizabethan trilogy. His critically-acclaimed works have earned both the T. S. Eliot and PEN/Malamud awards. Garrett has been described as "one of the most inventive and artistic writers of his generation."
FAITH DANIELS - 30 M., 3/4/93 - Emmy-award winning network news anchor Faith Daniels shares her experiences as a media star and journalist in this program. A native of Pittsburgh, Daniels got her start in television in 1978 on WTRF-TV in Wheeling after graduating from Bethany College. Her credits include the CBS Morning News, CBS This Morning, 48 Hours, Sunday Morning, The Today's Show, and her mid-day show Faith Daniels.
MOLLIE & TIM O'BRIEN - 30 M., 8/22/93 - Tim and Mollie O'Brien, Wheeling's brother and sister team, have captured a national reputation for the powerful country blues music and close vocal harmonies. "They are siblings blessed with a similar genetic soup," says one Richmond, Virginia, critic, "resulting in voices that weave together and talents that soar." In fact, their performance leaves their audience dancing on the Governor's Mansion lawn.
ANNA QUINDLEN - 30 M., 10/13/93 - Anna Quindlen is one of the most talked about columnists in the country and only the third woman to have written for opinion and editorial page of The New York Times. Her voice in her column Public and Private is fresh, personal and sometimes even feisty. She really touches, however, through her novels. Quindlen, who attended Catholic high school in Wheeling, returns to West Virginia to share her integrated balance of work and family experiences.
MONTCLAIRE STRING QUARTET - 30 M., 11/15/93 - The Montclaire String Quartet, known as one of the country's finest young chamber ensembles, leads the audience through an entertaining and enlightening history of music. Currently in residence with the West Virginia Symphony, the Quartet performs as principal string players of the orchestra as well as maintaining its own concert and touring schedule.
OLIVER LAKE - 30 M., 2/25/94 - From the raunchy runs of modern jazz to the smooth tones of the big band and the technical complexities of contemporary ensemble composition, Oliver Lake is a recognized master of many musics. He has been the featured performer on more than 60 recordings. He has performed and recorded with jazz as well as rock artists. Lake was commissioned to compose a piece especially for the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra that premiered in Wheeling in March 1993.
TOM WICKER - 30 M., 4/17/94 - Newspaperman, columnist and author, Tom Wicker talks about his role as a pundit's pundit. For more than 30 years, he has written about national political events with sagacity and to much acclaim. His career has included covering the White House, Congress and national politics. He also gave heart-stopping coverage of the Kennedy assassination in 1963. Wicker's In the Nation column was for decades required reading for anyone in Washington politics.
DAVIDSON AND SISCO - 30 M., 5/23/94 - Warren Davidson and Paul Sisco recreate the incomparable life and times of Mozart. Davidson, the principal second violinist of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, collaborates with pianist Sisco for an evening of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Sisco is a teacher at Chatham College in Pittsburgh in addition to working as a soloist and in chamber music.
CARL SAGAN - 30 M., 6/3/94 - Carl Sagan, one of the world's leading planetologists and America's best-known teacher about the nature of our solar systems and the wonders of contemporary scientific exploration. Sagan is known best for his Emmy and Peabody award winning television series "Cosmos." It was the most widely watched series in the history of American public television and has been seen in 60 countries and viewed by an estimated 500 million people.
JULIE ADAMS AND THE RHINO BOYS - 30 M., 8/1/94 - The eclectic sounds of Julie Adams and the Rhino Boys whet your musical appetite. Led by Adams' clear bluesy voice, this trio's tunes range form sultry originals to funky pop and jazz favorites. You'll recognize these fine musicians from their past performances on Mountain Stage and with some of West Virginia's most loved musical groups.
CHARLES PETERS - 57 M., 9/23/94 - The Washington Monthly editor-in- chief, Charles Peters, returns to his childhood hoe for a stirring dialogue about personalities, politics and the public. The New York Times calls Peters' publication "pitiless . . . indispensable . . . with a critical wit and steel-trap reporting." Encounter this engaging and admirable man "to who both his profession and country are significantly indebted."
J. MARK MCVEY - 30 M., 10/28/94 - Huntington native Mark McVey's "melted gold" tones have scored big in productions such as Les Miserables, Chess, and My Fair Lady. A recipient of the Helen Hayes Award, McVey was the first American to play Les Miz' Jean Valjean in London's West End. Bask in the sounds of Broadway as McVey delights his audience with old favorites and new hits from the stage.
HENRY LOUIS GATES JR. - 56 M., 2/24/95 - Back by popular demand, Henry Louis Gates Jr., returns to Arts & Letters to do a select reading from his highly acclaimed memoirs Colored People. Gates, the 1994 West Virginian of the Year and chairman of Harvard's African-American Studies Department, leads us in a celebration of African-American History Month.
HARRY BELAFONTE 56 M., 3/4/95 - Join consummate entertainer Harry Belafonte as he shares his experiences as concert singer and recording artist to Broadway star and television producer. His human rights activities have received world attention. From the Nelson Mandela Courage Award to the coveted Kennedy Center Honors for excellence in the performing arts, Belafonte has been globally recognized for his political, social and artistic achievements.
PINCKNEY BENEDICT - 56 M., 3/24/95 - Author Pinckney Benedict has been heralded as "the new voice of the border states" among authors because of his internationally published writings. But his Appalachian voice is pure West Virginian, hailing from Greenbrier County. Benedict first earned accolades for his short fiction collections, but his first novel Dogs of God really excited the critics. Benedict reads some of his favorite stories at this evening of Arts & Letters.
JIM LEHRER - 56 M., 4/28/95 - You know him as one half of the highly respected MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour. Behind the scenes, he's an author, playwright and father. Lehrer has teamed with Robert MacNeil for almost 20 years, winning more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence. Listen and marvel as this multi-dimensional personality speaks about his career and life.
ANDREW YOUNG - 56 M., 5/22/95 - Andrew Young speaks about his role as a long-standing agent of change in religion, politics, and diplomacy in the national and international arenas. Having dedicated more than 35 years of life to public service. Young has received widespread recognition for the contributions and achievements. The Honorable Andrew Young served in Congress, as mayor of Atlanta and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.
LAWRENCE KASDAN - 57 M. 8/15/95 - First Lady Rachel Worby from the Cultural Center interviewed Hollywood superstar Lawrence Kasdan, who grew up in Wheeling and Morgantown. Kasdan is one of Hollywood's most successful writers-turned-director, making his name with the second STAR WARS and the first INDIANA JONES. He later directed BODY HEAT, THE BIG CHILL, THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST and most recently FRENCH KISS. His emphasis on "the word" was a major influence on filmmakers worldwide, including hit writer-directors like Quentin Taratino who wrote and directed RESERVOIR DOGS and PULP FICTION.
STEWED MULLIGAN - 55 M. 10/6/95 - Formed in 1979, Stewed Mulligan includes Keith McManus, Pat McIntire, Ed Stamp, Jim Meckley and Joe Wack. As teachers and students of traditional Appalachian musical heritage, the group has traveled across the nation and overseas at festivals, dances and workshops performing its own special blend of traditional and nontraditional music. Some of Stewed Mulligan's performances include the Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Augusta Heritage Arts Festival, The California Traditional Music Society Festival, and the Beskidy Highlander's Week of Culture Festival in Poland. The group has three commercial recordings and has appeared several times on the nationally syndicated public show "Mountain Stage." It also contributed music for video projects.
WILLIAM STYRON - 55 M. 11/17/95 - First Lady Rachel Worby presents one of the most influential American novelists, William Styron. He has recently become famous for his book on chronic depression, Darkness Visible. He is the author of Sophie's Choice and The Confessions of Nat Turner.
ASHPET: AN AMERICAN CINDERELLA
45 M. 1990 VHS/16MM Tom Davenport
Ashpet is part of the series From the Brothers Grimm. Set in the rural South in the early years of World War II, Ashpet is a humorously touching version of "Cinderella," the world's most popular folk tale. Ashpet provides an entertaining way for children to explore proper values, self-esteem and sibling rivalry.
AUTHOR - MARY LEE SETTLE
58 M. 1991 VHS WVLC
William Drennen, Jr., Commissioner of The Dept. of Culture & History, interviews Mary Lee Settle, one of WV's leading writers. She now lives in Virginia, but continues to write and talk about her homeland. She grew up in Charleston, and has written a series of books about life in Charleston and the local area, The Beulah Land series. She is also a leading travel writer, often writing for the NY Times and other national publications.
BALLAD OF A MOUNTAIN MAN
55 M. 1989 VHS PBS-TV
Bascom Lamar Lunsford loved Appalachian music and dance. Rooted in Scotch/English, African-American, Native American and other cultures, it is a rare amalgamation of styles that reflects the melting pot of America. Early in the 1920s, Lunsford sensed that Appalachian rural folk art might become an endangered species. As a pioneer folklorist, Lunsford began a campaign to preserve the unique music and dance of the people of Appalachia, giving them a dignity they never had before by staging the first folk music festival ever presented in this country. Co-produced by WSWP-TV of Beckley, WV. Some footage provided by WVLC-Film Services and WV. filmmaker Robert Gates. Part of "The American Experience Series" for PBS.
26 M. 1977 Texture 16MM
Prize-winning film narrated Taj Majal about life and music of John "Uncle" Homer Walker. Walker, the 80 year-old Summers County native, has been playing the banjo for 60 years.
BEAUTIFUL RIVER: REDISCOVERING THE OHIO
58:30 M. VHS TV Image
Based on the Always a River barge voyage summer of 1991; takes the viewer from the first city on the Ohio River at Pittsburgh, PA, to the very last stop, Cairo, Illinois, and shows how the towns and cities are rediscovering the river as a cultural and economic force. Narrated by popular TV host Nick Clooney. Pittsburgh scenes show "Gateway" boats: steamboat replicas. The various towboats are unidentified.
BEFORE THE MOUNTAIN WAS MOVED
58 M. 1971 16MM/VHS McGraw-Hill
Shows the determined efforts of one coal miner to save the mountains of Raleigh County, WV. from the "strippers." Demonstrates how he succeeded in obtaining strong state legislation in the name of environmental conservation.
40 M. 1992 VHS Appalshop
Belinda Mason was, as she says, "a small-town journalist, a young mother, a reliable Tupperware party guest" until she became infected with the HIV virus in 1987. She decided to go public with her condition and spend the rest of her life as a powerful advocate for AIDS prevention, education, treatment and human rights.
BEST OF THE SOUPY SALES SHOW
50 M. 1978 Rhino Home Video
Skits from his hit TV series of the '60s and 70s. Guests include Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. SALES, SOUPY: Best of the Soupy Sales Show; COMEDY: Best of the Soupy Sales Show; TELEVISION: Best of the Soupy Sales Show; Soupy is a native from Huntington, West Virginia.
BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
59 M. 1981 16MM/VHS Blue Ridge Mt. Films
NOTE: Contains Rough Language.
New Yorker filmmaker Ken Fink worked for two years in McDowell County as the filmmaker-in-residence for the schools system. He made this film after interviewing hundreds of coal miners. He eventually chose 3 of 3 different generations - a retired miner, a black middle-aged miner, and a long-haired fellow who's left the mountains, only to return. They give their attitudes toward their profession, reflecting the deep frustrations involved. Partially funded by the Humanities Foundation of West Virginia and shown on WSWP TV. Shown at film festivals throughout the United States.
BEYOND MEASURE: HISTORY OF THE APPALACHIAN CULTURE AND ECONOMY
58 M. 1995 VHS Appalshop
Explores the critical assumptions and cultural implications of four strategies basic to our nation's economic story and visible in the Appalachian Mountains: hunting and gathering, subsistence farming, industrialization and government supported programs. Beyond Measure is the third film/video in Appalshop's history of Appalachia series. The first two of the series are: Strangers & Kin, 1984 release and Long Journey Home, 1987 release.
BHOPAL: THE BETRAYAL OF BHOPAL + BBC DOCUMENTARY
2.6 Hours 1985 VHS Granada TV & BBC
Extensive coverage of the world's worst industrial accident by two leading English television teams. The first focuses on the issue of safety systems, showing that the Bhopal and Institute plants were inherently dangerous. Experts on chemical safety systems show that a MIC plant in Belgium is much safer. The BBC program covers the army of lawyers involved and long term affects all over the world.
BHOPAL: LICENSE TO KILL
90 M. 1985 VHS Parallax
An independent Indian documentary on video about the worst industrial accident of all time. The emphasis is on the basic failures of designing bulk storage for MIC. All emphasized is the failure of Union Carbide to respond to early warnings. Many personal stories are told. The best coverage of the disaster from the Indian perspective. Call for community knowledge and decision inputting.
BHOPAL- NO PROMISE FOR TOMORROW: COMMUNITIES RESPOND TO THE BHOPAL TRAGEDY
58 M. 1985 VHS Highlander Center
Community members, Union Carbide current and retired employees, and many others speak out about the tragedy of Bhopal and other chemical related disasters. The crew visited Institute, West Virginia; Woodbine, Georgia; Huston, Texas and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. News footage from different networks is also used. The Bhopal tragedy has alerted everyone to the dangers of chemicals - FINALLY!
BIG LEVER: PARTY POLITICS IN LESLIE COUNTY, KY.
53 M. 1982 Appalshop 16MM
For over a 100 years, two chief forces in Appalachian politics have been county political machines and out-of-state mining/railroad companies. This film is the first which presents the machine aspect. In 1978 Richard Nixon chose this small mountain county for his first public appearance. County-Judge Executive C. Allen Muncy is the center of this political return. He, a Republican leader, was convicted of election fraud.
BILLY RAY CYRUS SPECIAL-DREAMS COME TRUE
55 M. 1993 VHS ABC-TV
With a physical, hard-driving force, Cyrus whips his concert audience into a frenzy at a Reno, Nev., show. Hen then charms his hometown neighbors with folksy stops and he visits his launching stage at a Huntington, WV. nightclub. The special also goes behind the scenes of taping Dolly Parton's new video in which Cyrus has a key role. Cross Lanes' Kathy Mattea, Tanya Tucker and Mary Chapin Carpenter also are in the video recording segment. Country music's new sex symbol entertains with such songs as "Wher'm I Gonna Live," "Boots," "She's Not Cryin' Anymore," "It Could Have Been Me," and, of course, "Achy Breaky Heart." Cyrus closes the stage show with the song, "Some Gave All." He says he wrote it after talking with a Huntington veteran of the Vietnam War.
BIRDS ARE DEAD
5 M. 1994 VHS Benjamin Tucker
NOTE: Preview before showing!
Chosen as "Best Student Film" at the 1994 West Virginia International Film Festival film competition, this miniature masterpiece tells a Hitchcochian story of murder and desire.
75 M. 1983 16MM/VHS Cinema Guild
Haiti is the world's first black democracy-and the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. This clandestinely filmed documentary examines the contemporary reality of life in Haiti and presents the past. Interviews with peasants, land owners, merchants and U.S. business reveal the semi-feudal agriculture system and poorly paid factory sector. Several examples include WV. factories which have been closed and moved to Haiti. There is no better film to teach the meaning of Third World.
95 M. VHS
A brilliant, penetrating glimpse of the early days of labor unrest, BLACK FURY weaves a mesmerizing tale of life and death within the caverns of America's coal mining land. Joe Radek, a likeable, hard-working coal miner who single-handedly takes on the Company. When his best friend is brutally murdered by the henchmen, he decides to strike. He begins a lonely vigil deep in the coal mines - refusing to come out unless the Company gives their miners the privileges they deserve. In scene after scene of taut suspense and high drama, the world of the coal miner is searingly portrayed.
117 M. 1989 VHS Facets
Paul Newman interprets the final years of the notorious Louisiana Governor Earl K. Long and his scandalous relationship with stripper Blaze Starr. Lolita Davidovich brings a fair amount of sizzle to the title role, but the real concern of the film is the savvy expose on Southern politics and not the sins of the flesh. From the creator of BULL DURHAM, writer-director Ron Shelton. (the real Blaze Starr was from WV).
25 M. 1994 VHS Appalshop
The residents of Owsley County, Kentucky have been growing some of the best marijuana in the land for years. Recently even the police have taken part in this illegal business, which has replaced tobacco as the "most valuable crop in Kentucky." For decades "hemp" has been cultivated legally. Clips from the official US Government film on hemp growing are shown. The very bad economy as well as the isolated terrain makes eastern Kentucky perfect for developing a contemporary economy. Interviews with Johnny Mans, a previous sheriff, now a prisoner in Ashland Prison is extremely poignant.
48 M. 1983 16MM/VHS Disney
Booker T. Washington grew up in Malden, WV. He also did the most important thing he ever did there—Miss Ruffner taught him how to READ. Shelley Duvall and Levar Burton star in this biography of a giant American educator. It is also interesting in Civil War history.
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON: THE LIFE AND LEGACY
32 M. 1982 NAVA
One of America's greatest leaders grew up in Malden, WV. An ex-slave author, and educator, he firmly believed that education was the only way for black Americans to rise. He became the most influential educational and political leader of the late 19th century and early 20th century. He was also embroiled in many issues of racial equality which are controversial today.
48 M. 1993 VHS Cinema Guild
Set against a background of farming, saw-milling and moonshining activities in rural Kentucky during the Depression, this short film dramatizes the use of violence as a socially accepted form of "folk justice." When a young school teacher from the county seat arrives in the small backwoods community, she is shocked by the periodic eruptions of violent behavior-fueled by the combination of moonshine liquor, short tempers and the prevalence of guns-which she considers murder, but which the local residents regard as an acceptable means of settling disputes. In a dramatic turn of events, she eventually becomes embroiled in a dispute herself and is forced either to accept, reject, or attempt to change deeply embedded forms of behavior. The contemporary implications of this portrayal of a subculture of violence - in which armed violence and aggression are seen as natural responses to threats or insults - makes BORDERLINES an excellent classroom discussion starter.
BREAKING SILENCE: THE STORY OF THE SISTERS AT DESALES HEIGHTS
60 M. 1993 VHS Tommie Dell Smith
Breaking Silence takes us behind the walls of a 150-year cloistered monastery in West Virginia as the twelve surviving Sisters of the Visitation prepare to face the outside world for the first time in their adult lives. Some of these women came to live here when they were young children and most of them have not left the building for fifty, sixty and, in the case of Sister Innocentia, over ninety years. Until the 1960's they were forbidden to speak or even to be seen by people from the outside world. Their only contract was through the children they taught and the occasional visits from the doctor, the dentist or the undertaker. Breaking Silence follows the Sisters through their final year at the convent as they struggle to deal with the grief, the fear, the anger and the uncertainty of their future even as the falls of tradition crumble down around them. At the same time they find themselves reviewing the reasons of their decline and questioning both the validity of their years of service and the relevance of their institution in the modern world. It is a rare, intimate and emotionally powerful insight into a way that ma soon be gone forever.
BRIDGE AT REMAGEN
115 M. 1969 MGM/UA VHS/16MM
West Virginia politician and professor Ken Hechler wrote the book that this World War II is based on. George Segal, Robert Vaughn, Ben Gazarra, Bradford Dillman, and E.G. Marshall star in this tale of action. A group of GI's are defending a bridge that the Nazis must cross. Good acting by all!
BRIDGE AT REMAGEN - 50 YEARS LATER
7 M. 1995 VHS
ABC, CBS, CNN, and BBC program on the 50th anniversary of the capture of the Ludendoriff Bridge at Remagen, Germany carried on the different news networks. West Virginia Secretary of State Ken Hechler was present, along with many GIs who were there half a century ago. REMAGEN, GERMANY: Bridge At Remagen-50 Years Later; LUDENDORIFF BRIDGE: Bridge At Remagen-50 Years Later; BRIDGES: Bridge At Remagen-50 Years Later; HECHLER, KEN: Bridge At Remagen-50 Years Later.
25 M. 1982 VHS/16MM Tom Davenport
This is an Appalachian version of the Grimm's tale called "King Thrushbeard," a film in Davenport's series From the Brothers Grimm.
BRUSH CREEK BOUNCES BACK
22 M. 1970 Stu Finley 16MM
Shows the results of the Brush Creek Water Shed Project-filmed in WV. near Princeton. Demonstrates the accomplishments of the project and the cooperation that aided its success.
BUFFALO CREEK 1972: AN ACT OF GOD?
30 M. B&W 16MM/VHS Appalshop
Covers the destruction and clean-up following the Buffalo Creek flood, interviews with survivors, the people's hearing, wildcat strikes in Logan County mines, the demonstration of the Pittston Coal Company stockholders meeting, and an interview with the president of Pittston.
BUFFALO CREEK REVISITED
30 M. 1984 16MM/VHS Appalshop
In 1972, a flood destroyed the community of Buffalo Creek, Logan County. Mimi Pickering, who directed "Buffalo Creek 1972: An Act of God?" returned ten years later to document the second disaster - the lack of cooperation from the government to rebuild the area, Ken Heckler, Bob Wise, Beth Spence and residents of Buffalo Creek are interviewed.
BUILDING A CELLO WITH HAROLD
105 M. 1995 VHS/16MM Bob Gates
West Virginia native Harold Hayslett is a noted builder of violins and cellos. In this feature documentary film BUILDING A CELLO WITH HAROLD we follow the building of a cello from start to finish, taking it and some of Harold's violins to the rare instrument collection in the Library of Congress to see how they stand up to the old masters. We learn of Harold's understanding of wood and the woods as we search for the illusive "Curly" Maple tree. As the cello takes shape in his workshop we get to know Harold and understand his Appalachian inventiveness and craftsmanship, as well as his through knowledge of the instruments and lore of Stradivarius.
BUSINESS OF AMERICA
30 M. 1983 California Newsreel 16MM
Ending with the recent successful takeover of Weirton Steel by its employees, this critical look at the history of American steel confronts a key issue of the 1980's. By comparing the views of steelworkers, community leaders, business executives and economists, we see the underlying reasons companies like U.S. Steel no longer provides us with the jobs we have to come to expect. It evaluates the actual impact of Reaganomics.
107 m. 1981 VHS NOTE: PREVIEW
In 1922 James M. Cain, latter to become Hollywood's most famous author with novels such as The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce, began his literary career with a visit to Southern WV. He wrote a short novel latter, in 1946, which was to become his second biggest seller and his finest single novel - in his opinion. It was one of the few American novels ever written which dealt with incest. This film version was made in 1981 by a Canadian director, using a beginning Pia Zadora as the wayward young girl, looking for her lost father.. Stacy Keach plays the father. Other stars include Orson Welles, Lois Nettleton, Ed Albert, James Franciscus, Stuart Whiteman, Ed McMahon and June Lockhart. The action is moved from a Southern WV coal mine town to a Nevada gold mine, but does follow the novel.
CAMPBELLS CREEK, WEST VIRGINIA 1938-42
Scenes shot by Robert E. Calderwood 1938-42 -- showing the miners at the Putney mines, the company store, kids waiting for the school bus, church at Putney, DuPont High School, local trains and cars of that era. Scenes also of the Charleston Town Center Mall when it first opened.
95 M. 1995 Arrow Rated-R [CC]
A routine flight turns into a terror-filled fight for survival when pilot Nick Baskin's plane is shot down over the mountains of West Virginia. Baskin and his passengers are taken hostage by a mysterious clan of woodsmen who have their own system of justice. Imprisoned and forced to work as slave laborers, the captives uncover a sinister plot to destroy the environment. Faced with sure death, can the prisoners outsmart their captors before it is too late?
CASS SCENIC RAILROAD, CASS, WV.
30 M. 1980's VHS Pictorial Histories
A journey on of the of America's most scenic railroads. From the top of Bald Knob, WV's second highest point, to the route along the Greenbrier River. Included are original stills from the early 1900's and film footage of logging and actual operations in the heavily forested mountains in the 1950's.
CATCHING UP WITH YESTERDAY
29 M. 1989 Catching Up with Yesterday, Inc.
Portrait of West Virginia instrument maker and musician Andrew F. Boarman-active bearer of folk tradition. Features segments on his unique banjo style, his virtuoso autoharp playing, and the construction of his masterfully crafted "Dixie Grand" banjos.
CATFISH: MAN OF THE WOODS
25 M. 1974 16M/VHS Appalshop
Portrait of Clarence Gray a fifth generation herb doctor who collects and sells a mixture of roots and herbs called "bitters" for all types of ailments. Discusses his philosophy of life including straight forward comments and his views about sex, religion, and the way of the woods.
20 M. 1974 Appalshop
Presents the craft of Dewey Thompson, an 80 year old chairmaker who does everything by hand including chopping down the tree. Presents his simple interesting lifestyle.
CHARLESTON, BEAUTIFUL ON THE KANAWHA: AUGUST, 1932
40 M. B&W 16MM/VHS Charleston Daily Mail & Kearse Theater
Directed by native son L. Blundon Wills. Great scenes of the capitol city, old and new. All in all, a cameo appearance of Charleston for the future. Available on 16 mm. film and VHS video.
CHARLESTON, 1932 - OUT-TAKES
8 M. SILENT
Just a few "out-takes" scenes not included in the film, "Charleston, Beautiful on the Kanawha: August, 1932."
50 M. 1991 VHS Appalshop
On December 3, 1984, the worst industrial accident in history occurred when a toxic gas known as MIC leaked from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, killing at least 3500 and leaving 50,000 people permanently disable. the tragedy in Bhopal brought international attention to Institute, WV, site of the only Union Carbide plant in the United States that manufactured MIC. The film begins with Bhopal and the immediate response to the disaster in the Kanawha Valley and then follows events in the valley over the next five years as issues of community health and employment are debated by industry spokesmen, corporate officials, plant managers, chemical workers, community activists, environmentalists, government regulators, local politicians and individual residents. Ultimately, questions are raised about the international circle of production, distribution, and disposal of toxic chemical s into which all our lives are integrated. CHILLERS 90 M. 1988 VHS Raedon The first feature film totally produced by West Virginians! Danny Boyd directed this collection of 5 short tales of horrors. Excellent technical qualities, especially the music and lighting.
CHRISTMAS IN APPALACHIA
29 M. 1964 VHS Carousel
In 1964 Charles Kuralt came to the hollows of eastern Kentucky to show the condition of people living there. He focused on the celebration of Christmas, showing that some people did not even celebrate the season. One area he visited was Whitesburg, Kentucky, which is the home base of Appalshop - Appalachia's media arts center. CHRISTMAS: Christmas In Appalachia; APPALACHIA: Christmas In Appalachia; KENTUCKY: Christmas In Appalachia.
1989 VHS Ross Taylor
Personal videotape showing the dedication with Chuck Yeager in his home town of Hamlin, WV. Recorded by outstanding photographer and pilot Ross Taylor of Charleston, WV.
CIVIL WAR WEEKEND
60 M. VHS 1986 Pictorial Histories
In June of 1986 the Nicholas County battles of Keslers Cross Lanes and Carnifex Ferry were re-enacted by men and women representing infantry, artillery and cavalry from the armies of the North and South.
CLAYMONT: TOWARD A WORKING SOCIETY
28 M. 1981 Alvin Krinsky
In Charles Town, West Virginia, is a spiritual center for followers of the Central Asian Mystic Gurdjieff. Here his followers live the life, "The Fourth Way," which he along with others gurus have taught for centuries. John Bennett, a British scientist and philosopher, established the colony so that he and his followers could meditate, grow food, practice work and self-discipline. This well photographed film shows their lifestyle while they explain their thoughts.
39 M. 1984 Bill Brand
West Virginia industrial landscapes are collaged through a series of mattes that transform the photographed scenes into a kinetic field of shapes and spaces. Woven into the film is the story of Fred Carter, original poetic text by Kimiko Hahn and sound composition by Karl Howard.
COAL MINER: FRANK JACKSON
12 M. B&W 1971 16MM/VHS Appalshop
Illustrates what it is like to have spent your entire life working in the coal mines. Frank Jackson discusses coal mining today and in other times, with scenes in and around the mines.
COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER
124 M. 1980 VHS
Sissy Spacek gives an extraordinary performance as Loretta Lynn in a drama that reveals the life of Queen of Country Music. Tommy Lee Jones is Loretta's ambitious husband Mooney who takes Loretta away from her backwoods Appalachian home. Badgered into making a record and going to Nashville, she gets a chance at the Grand Ole Opry which launches her career into super-stardom.
COAL MINING WOMEN
40 M. 1982 Appalshop
Experiences of women as they enter this traditionally male dominated field and the problems they encounter in their fight to end sex discrimination in the coalfields are related through interviews at home and at work in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Colorado. The historical place of women in the U.S. and European coal mines and the employment situation in Appalachia and the western coalfields where the economy is dominated by the coal industry. Women coal miners talk about their accomplishments, advantages and disadvantages for their chosen occupation including the compromise they face between their health and safety and the benefits of high wages.
COAL WARS: THE BATTLE IN RUM CREEK
29 M. 1991 VHS . Kathleen Foster
In the tradition of Harlan County, USA, this documentary looks at the role women played in the 1989-90 coal strike in the Southern Appalachian coalfields. The location is Dehue - Logan County, WV. The miners and their wives are fighting one of the most intense battles since the 1920s. Clips from other films made about that era, along with photographs, are used to illustrate the conclusion - namely that "its workers again' bosses...forever!"
COMMUNICATION FROM WEBER
15 M. 1988 Omni Productions
Albert Michael Weber came to WV with his Gauley Bridge bride who returned to California. Ultimately, he died from a brain tumor. But during his few years discovering the realities of life here - and his own fantastic internal world, Weber created an amazing body of "art." WV filmmaker, Robert Gates, and WV artist, Lyn Wyatt, made a film about this amazing "Reichian" thinker.
25 M. 1983 16MM/VHS
The town of Widen, WV. (Clay County) was once a thriving coal mining community. Using interviews, photographs, old film footage, this documentary recounts the history of Widen and its paternal ruler, coal baron Joseph Gardner Bradley, 1882-1971.
COVERED BRIDGES IN WEST VIRGINIA
1988 WVU-History Dept. SLIDES
Slide-tape show which was produced by the Public History Division of WVU's Dept. of History - Barbara Howe and Emory L. Kemp. Printed descriptions are included with the slides and tapes.
DATE WITH WEST VIRGINIA 1947
ESSO STANDARD OIL COMPANY: RELEASED COURTESY OF EXXON CORPORATION
30 MIN. Color VHS
From the collection of the West Virginia State Archives. Highlights the scenic beauty and industries of West Virginia: Farming; cattle, harvest of hay, wheat, apples. State Parks: Cacapon, Babcock, Lost River, Hawks Nest, Blackwater Falls. Coal Mining; attractive towns, mining scenes, safety. Transportation; road building, railroads, rivers, air. Industries; art & industrial glass, marbles, gas, chemicals. Scenes of Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling. WEST VIRGINIA: Date With West Virginia 1947; INDUSTRIES: Date With West Virginia 1947.
DATE WITH WEST VIRGINIA 1956
HUMBLE OIL AND REFINING COMPANY: RELEASED COURTESY EXXON CORP.
30 M. Color VHS
From the collection of the West Virginia State Archives. WV. Turnpike Kanawha (Yeager) Airport, Greenbrier, Cheat Canyon and Lake, diesel locomotives on railroads, new mining technologies industry around Wheeling, West Virginia University. WEST VIRGINIA: Date With West Virginia 1956;.i.INDUSTRIES: Date With West Virginia 1956.
DANCING OUTLAW & OUTTAKES—SPECIAL DIRECTOR'S EDITION
60 M. 1993 VHS WNPB-TV
Jesco is famous everywhere. Dancing Outlaw has become a cult classic. Includes the original Different Drummer Series of the Dancing Outlaw plus never before seen footage and outtakes of the best mountain dancer left in these here parts. WHITE, JESCO: Dancing Outlaw & Outtakes; WEST VIRGINIANS: Dancing Outlaw & Outtakes; BOONE COUNTY, WV: Dancing Outlaw & Outtakes; MT. DANCERS: Dancing Outlaw & Outtakes.
DANCING OUTLAW 2: JESCO GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
25 M. 1994 VHS WNPB-TV
Jesco White, one of Boone County's most famous native sons, was brought to Hollywood to appear on the sit-com "Roseanne." For the first time in his life, he flew on an airplane, ending up in L.A. Jacob Young directs another masterpiece, using computer animation and the neon colors to magically show the bizarre world of Hollywood. .WHITE, JESCO: Dancing Outlaw 2-Jesco Goes To Hollywood; DANCERS OF WEST VIRGINIA: Dancing Outlaw 2-Jesco Goes To Hollywood; BOONE COUNTY (W.VA.): Dancing Outlaw 2-Jesco Goes To Hollywood; TAP DANCING: Dancing Outlaw 2-Jesco Goes To Hollywood; WEST VIRGINIA: Dancing Outlaw 2-Jesco Goes To Hollywood; HOLLYWOOD (CALIF.): Dancing Outlaw 2-Jesco Goes To Hollywood; ACTORS & ACTRESSES: Dancing Outlaw 2-Jesco Goes To Hollywood;
DEER HUNTER, THE
183 M. 1978 VHS
Powerful drama that follows a group of friends from a steel town in Pennsylvania through their Vietnam experiences with fine ensemble work from Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale and Meryl Streep.
A Different Drummer SERIES
29 M. (each) 1989 VHS WNPB-TV
AMAZING DELORES - 45-year-old Charlestonian, Delores Boyd has been dubbed "Amazing Delores" by musicians and audiences alike. A lady with a love for fashion, her voice has been likened to that of Janis Joplin with a phrasing of Van Morrison and an imagery similar to Captain Beefheart's. She has the soul of Little Richard and the dance moves of Tina Turner.
APPALACHIAN JUNKUMENTARY - They dot the mountains and valleys of Appalachia-fields of old, decaying automobiles resting in this year's crop of weeds. This documentary takes us to six Appalachian junkyards where dealers talk freely about the junk business
ARTHURDALE - Eleanor Roosevelt came to WV during the Great Depression to help the poor people. She helped found a community which was named in her honor. This award-winning film by Ross Watne is one of the best historical films ever made in the state. It is also one of the best short films on our country's greatest First Lady.
DANCING OUTLAW - One of four American programs chosen for the 1991 Documentary Festival of New York at the Museum of Modern Art. Jesse White from Boone County, WV calls himself the "last mountain dancer" White believes that his late daddy left mountain dancing as a way for him to stay free.
DOCTOR NO - Dr. William Pierce, author of the Turner Diaries and one of the senior figures of the American ultra right and of the world white supremacist movement has converted some people with his violent racist writings. He is currently attempting to build a new community in West Virginia to further his mission to "save the white race.".
DREAMS OF GESUNDHEIT - Following graduation from the Medical College of Virginia in 1971, Hunter "Patch" Adams, M.D. and his associates operated alternative health care clinics which treated over 15,000 people for free. For the last few years, he has devoted himself entirely to fundraising for a long-dreamed-about health community. His Gesundheit institute is being built in Hillsboro, in Pocahontas County, WV.
FLEABAG - For more than two decades Charleston WV's beloved roughly genial self-made millionaire Frankie Veltri, who admits that he can neither read nor write has helped and sheltered the homeless. He shows you around his Holley Hotel, scheduled for demolition by the City. "This is not a first class hotel," he says, "it's a fleabag hotel. What you see is what you get."
GLITCH IN THE SYSTEM - Elmer Fike, former owner and plant manager of a small chemical company in Nitro, WV, as been an outspoken opponent of government regulations for years. This fact, coupled with his business tactics and media exposure after appearing on a CBS documentary entitled "The Politics of Cancer" finally lead him to a battle with the EPA. The EPA arrived at the plant in June of 1988 and were overwhelmed with the task before them. The cleanup estimate is 26 million dollars and 4 - 5 years.
HAMMER ON THE SLAMMER - On three separate occasions, professional prison warden, Donald Bordenkircher was called in to restore order after riots had broken out at the WV State Penitentiary in 1972 and 1979, and at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in 1976. Formerly U. S. Director of Prisons to the Republic of South Vietnam under combat conditions, this Coschocton, Ohio native is known for his firmly established principles and no-nonsense policies.
HERETICS - Former Catholic nuns, Barbara Ferraro and Pat Hussey are co-directors of Covenant House, a Charleston WV social services agency. Since 1985 they have struggled openly with the predominately male Catholic hierarchy over failing to recant signing a petition asking that the issue of abortion be opened to discussion by the Church. They have authored a book about their struggles entitled No Turning Back.
MISTER D -PERIOD.- "Sug" Davis was born James E. Davis. He is a self-taught man who is capable of painting or drawing anything that comes into his mind. He has turned his Charleston, WV apartment into his own gallery where normal household items such as lamp and window shades, tables and TV stand all become works of art.
POINT MAN FOR GOD - In 1984, Bernard Coffindaffer had a vision. As the West Virginia millionaire lay recovering from open-heart surgery in a hospital bed, he claims a voice told him to erect sets of crosses across the Mountain State. True to his vision, and exceeding it, nearly 1,500 cross clusters have popped up in 18 states, from New Jersey to Indiana to Texas to Florida.
TED AND SARAH - Ted and Sarah Hotchkiss have left the "middle-class" so-called "good life" for a tar-paper shack in a remote hollow in West Virginia. Their lifestyle is not unlike people in the third world. "In this country," says Ted, "it is better to be on the bottom. If you can't get very rich then get very poor. But for God's sake don't stay in the middle.
YOUR PUBLIC SERVANT: A. JAMES MANCHIN - At 61, WV Treasurer of State, A. James Manchin, prides himself as among the last of the great constitution-thumping populists in America. Never one to be contained by the rules he disagrees with, Manchin pushes state government to the limits, usually followed by a storm of controversy.
DISASTER CHRONICLES—MINE DISASTER
30 M. 1991 VHS A&E Network
The Farmington, WV. Mine Disaster on Nov. 20, 1968 was one of the worst mine calamities ever, with 78 miners losing their lives. This documentary investigates the causes and effects. Former U.S. Congressman Ken Hechler is one of the people interviewed since he lead the battle in Congress to change federal mine safety regulations. Also interviewed are J. Davitt McAteer of Shepherdstown, the head of the Occupational Health and Safety Center. Ben Franklin, a former New York Times correspondent who covered the disaster, provides some critical assessment. This was a watershed even which spurred the nation to create a tough new mine safety law which for the first time in history limited the amount of coal dust and compensated miners with black lung disease.
DISCOVERING HARPERS FERRY
7 M. 1983 NAVA
Touches briefly on three themes: Civil War, John Brown, and industry. Gives the visitor an orientation of the park and surrounding areas like Maryland Heights, Virginus Island and Jefferson Rock.
DOCTOR ETHEL ALLEN: MINUSES AND PLUSES
25 M. 1985 Take One Productions
Dr. Allen is a graduate of West Virginia State college. She became a leader of the black community in Philadelphia and lead many reform movements. Directed by West Virginia filmmaker and fellow graduate of West Virginia State College, Elaine Prater Hodges.
140 M. VHS
Jane Fonda scored a resounding critical triumph and won an Emmy for her stirring portrayal of an impoverished farm woman in this powerful drama set in the 1940's. Turning in a mesmerizing performance, Fonda is Gertie Nevels, a mother of five who lives in Kentucky. Outside of her family, Gertie's only happiness is her hobby; sculpting dolls out of wood. When her husband Levon Helm finds her work in Detroit, she dutifully packs up her children and moves to the city, where they're virtually overwhelmed by an incredibly difficult adjustment. As one setback follows another and shattering tragedy strikes, Gertie must reach inside herself for new strength, courage and determination to keep her family from falling apart. Nominated for a total of six Emmys, this deeply moving story of one woman's struggle to remain unbroken is an inspiring salute to the human spirit that will charm and captivate your entire family. Based on the novel by Harriette Simpson Arnow (see film under her name below).
DRAWING THE LINE AT PITTSTON
59 M. 1989 VHS Paper Tiger TV
A chronicle of the year-long miners strike against the Pittston Mine Company in West Virginia. Though a landmark event in the history of labor (one of the largest labor disputes in the last fifty years), this working people's strike garnered little attention in the mainstream media. Using interviews with striking miners and their families, members of the clergy, labor leaders, students, and other affected by the strike - this program documents the gradual political awakening of a community whose livelihood is threatened by corporate greed. Produced by the Paper Tiger Video Collective in New York.
DREADFUL MEMORIES: THE LIFE OF SARAH OGAN GUNNING
38 M. 1988 VHS Appalshop
Sarah Gunning was THE REAL THING! - - a hardscrabble lady who grew up in Appalachia THE HARD WAY! She lost her mom and a baby to starvation and found "capitalism." She also wrote her own songs and became one of the founders of the contemporary folk music scene along with Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly.
DREAM COME TRUE, A
35 M. 1978 Alfred Shands
A TV documentary about the history of Appalachia. Jenkins, Kentucky is used as an example of the long history of the relationship between the industrial development of America and the expansion of American industry and the Appalachia. The role of the railroads is emphasized. Based on the state geological survey, "big city" capitalists built railroads, imported immigrant workers, and bought the land to mine coal and other natural resources.
ECHO OF ANGER, AN
53 M. 1974 Xerox
Shows the struggle between strip miners and individuals opposed to this method of mining. Filmed in Appalachian regions, it includes interviews with local politicians, spokesmen for coal companies, ecology group members and individuals who have suffered personal losses by this mining method.
EULOGY FOR TWELVE TALL STACKS
12 M. Omnificent Systems
Charleston filmmaker Robert Gates has recorded the destruction of the smokestacks at the former Libbey-Owens glass plant in Charleston. An existential film using just classical music to underscore the sense of loss.
27 M. 1995 VHS Appalshop
Evelyn Williams is about Evelyn's fight, along with members of KFTC (Kentuckian's for the Commonwealth) to save her land from what she calls "rape" by EREX, a large oil and gas company. Interviews with Evelyn chronicles her life experience as a fighter for women's rights, for civil rights, and for the land; about the history of African-American communities in the mountains of eastern Kentucky; and her analysis of slavery and its relationship to land, community, and the lives of women. Evelyn is a strong and eloquent woman. She speaks directly about the forces of sexism and racism in our society and reveals current struggle in an intense personal way. The documentary connects women's rights, civil rights, and environmental concerns. It promotes respect for women, for self-determination, for this land, and for cultural diversity.
EVEN THE HEAVENS WEEP
55 M. 1985 VHS PBS-TV
The story of the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921, the largest armed labor conflict in American history. TV star Mike Connors narrates this classic story about the long and bloody history of coal in Appalachia.
EVENING WITH CLAUDE FRAZIER, M.D.
27 M. 1993 VHS WSWP-TV
Dr. Claude Frazier, M.D., is author of "Miners and Medicine: West Virginia Memories," a personal account of growing up the son of a coal camp doctor and nurse. Frazier describes firsthand the horrific health problems in the coal camps, the resourcefulness of the doctors and nurses, and the struggle to raise health standards in and around the mines. Frazier recalls life in coal camps in Montgomery, Ansted, and Welch, WV. He describes the "ties that bind" in small WV communities. He also describes the responsibilities the coal camp doctor took on and the admiration the miners had for the company doctor.
EVENING WITH . . . DON WEST
90 M. 1989 VHS WSWP-TV
Leading librarian and intellectual Yvonne Farley interviews Don West, one of the truly great men living in West Virginia today. Don was an activist during the 1930s and since, working with many of the leading men and women of the 20th century. The tape includes the actual public broadcast + 90 minutes of unedited footage.
EXTRA INNINGS - A HISTORY OF COALFIELD BASEBALL
90 M. 1994 VHS WSWP-TV
Profiles some of the former stars of West Virginia's coal field baseball diamonds. We'll hear the history of America's favorite pastime as it was played by the men who dug America's coal in the 1930's and 40's. Practically every coal town in WV. had a baseball team and every summer, Sunday was spent at the ballfield. Some of the finest athletes that played professional ball starred as players in the coal leagues. Many other fine WV. athletes received offers to play professional ball, but decided to stay in the coal fields for a variety of reasons. Listen to some of the reasons and some fascinating memories of the games and times. A look back through extensive use of photographs from the turn of the century through the beginning of WW II.
17 M. 1985 Norfolk Southern
Sponsored film to show over 100 years of cooperation between Norfolk and Western Railway Co. and the people and industries of the Pocahontas coalfield area of West Virginia. The exploration and development of the rich areas is shown as well as life in the coalfield today, and its projected future.
FAST FOOD WOMEN
28 M. 1992 VHS Appalshop
Takes an inside look at the lives of the women who fry chicken, make pizzas and flip burgers of four different fast food restaurants in eastern Kentucky. These women, mostly middle-aged and raising children are often the sole income source for their families. They work for wages barely above the minimum wage, have trouble getting full-time hours because of their employers' scheduling policies, and are without health care and other benefits.
14 M. 1990 16MM/VHS Appalshop
Based on a Gurney Norman short story and Appalshop's first fictional effort. Ned Beatty plays the title role of FAT MONROE, a gruff, unshaven mountain man with a gift of gab and a merciless sense of humor. He offers a ride in his pickup truck to a 9-year-old boy, Wilgus Collier. Most of the film is a battle of wits between the overwhelming Monroe and the steadfast Wilgus. Published in Norman's book Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories, 1977.
20 M. 1973 Appalshop
Shows the illegal sport of game cock fighting. Emphasizes by slow motion close-up sequences the sweeping motion of the birds as each tries to cut to victory. NOTE: Film may be objectionable to some audiences.
FIGHTING FOR A BREATH
29 M. 1995 VHS Appalshop
Profiles one of the lay representatives who have continued to help coal miners seeking black lung benefits in the face of overwhelming odds.
FILM FESTIVAL - AMAZING DELORES & MICHAEL LIPTON
15 M. 1994 VHS WVLC
Steve Fesenmaier interviews the colorful, singer and performer from Dunbar, West Virginia, Delores Boyd. Delores talks of the release of her first CD album. Michael Lipton, editor of Graffiti Newspaper, plays the guitar. ROCK MUSICIANS: Film Festival-Amazing Delores & Michael Lipton; SINGERS: Film Festival-Amazing Delores & Michael Lipon; WEST VIRGINIA: Film Festival-Amazing Delores & Michael Lipon; AMAZING DELORES: Film Festival-Amazing Delores & Michael Lipton;
FILM FESTIVAL - GWEN'S SATELLITE WORLD
15 M. 1994 VHS WVLC
Steve Fesenmaier hosts. West Virginia Library Commission employee, Gwen Sizemore speaks on her personal knowledge of satellites from her experiences of being a satellite owner. Talks of various types and what to expect. SATELLITE, TELEVISION: Film Festival-Gwen's Satellite World.
FILM FESTIVAL - HILARY CHIZ
15 M. 1994 VHS WVLC
Steve Fesenmaier interviews the new director of the WV ACLU, Hillary Chiz. Ms. Chiz was active in Mississippi and Alabama during the Civil Right Movement. She presents clips from two recent documentaries about one of the most creative eras in American history. She discusses a few of the struggles she is interested in fighting.
FILM FESTIVAL - KEN HECHLER AND CHUCK ANSELOVICH
30 M. 1994 VHS WVLC
Steve Fesenmaier interviews Secretary of State Ken Hechler concerning the new documentary on the Clinton campaign, THE WAR ROOM. Hechler talks about two presidential campaigns that he worked on, and the general state of American politics. [15 min.] The second interview, Steve talks with Chuck Anselovich, who works with the state AIDS Awareness program. They discuss about recent portrayals of gay and lesbian people in recent Hollywood movies. Chuck was an award winning reporter for West Virginia Public Radio for years until he "came out" and proclaimed his homosexuality.
FILM FESTIVAL - HOSKYNS-ABRAHALL & HERB E. SMITH
30 M. 1995 VHS WVLC
First interview (15 minutes): Steve Fesenmaier interviews John Hoskyns-Abrahall, president of Bullfrog Films, talks about their new video on pulp mill population. He also talks about his 25 years as a media activist. Bullfrog is the leading distributor of films and videos about ecology. Second interview (15 minutes): Herb E, Smith, one of the founders of Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky talks about his newest documentary, "Beyond Measure." Herb has been making films for 25 years. . Smith; WOOD PULP INDUSTRY: Film Festival-Hoskyns-Abrahall & Herb E. Smith;. Smith; ECOLOGY: Film Festival-Hoskyns-Abrahall & Herb E. Smith;. Smith; WEST VIRGINIA: Film Festival-Hoskyns-Abrahall & Herb E. Smith;. Smith; APPALSHOP: Film Festival-Hoskyns-Abrahall & Herb E. Smith; Smith; BULLFROG FILMS: Film Festival-Hoskyns-Abrahall & Herb E. Smith; Smith; POLITICAL ACTIVIST: Film Festival-Hoskyns-Abrahall & Herb E. Smith.
FILM FESTIVAL - CAROL CAMPBELL & BARRY WOOLDRIDGE
30 M. 1995 VHS WVLC
First Interview: Steve Fesenmaier interviews one of West Virginia's leading humanists, Carol Campbell. Besides being a life-long film buff, she was recently the associate director of the West Virginia Humanities Council and a teacher of philosophy. Second Interview: Steve and Barry Wooldridge talk about film zines, recent video hits, and various film cultures.
FILM FESTIVAL - DAVID CLAYPOOL & BENJAMIN TUCKER
30 M. 1995 VHS WVLC
Steve interviews two award-winning filmmakers. Ben Tucker is a student at WV State College, buys videos for Tronix, runs a film festival on campus, and won the award at the 1995 WVIFF competition for "best student film". His short fictional video called "Birds Are Dead" presents a violent world. He also was one of the WV State film students who traveled to Russia, making a video about contemporary life in Moscow. David Claypool released his much anticipated " Lost Love" in May 1995. Many consider this to be the best fictional film ever made in WV by a native. Claypool graduated from WV State, working on films by Danny Boyd. He also made several films on his own, and collaborated with Brad Boll. He works at The Producers, the production branch of Fox TV in Hurricane, WV.
FILM FESTIVAL - "THE FOUR BOBS": BOB GATES, BOB HENRY BABER, BOB SNYDER & BOB WILSON
30 M. 1995 VHS WVLC
First interview (15 minutes): Steve Fesenmaier interviews Bob Gates about a Super-8 movie he made in 1987 about the Baber Mountain Poetry Read & Ramp Feed (Bob Henry Baber). Gates' shot a 18.5 minute movie about various events that took place including digging a garden, playing volleyball and just messing around. One of the stars is Bob Snyder (1937-1995), a native of WV. and leading intellectuals. An 11-minutes version of Gates' Summer Smiles 1987 is shown. Second interview (15 minutes): Interview with Bob Wilson, one of WV's leading "back-to-the-landers." For more than 20 years, Bob and his wife have been farming and working in WV. During June 1995 he ran a program at Trans Allegheny Books Store that he called "June Justice." FILMMAKING: Film Festival-The Four Bobs; BABER MOUNTAIN (RICHWOOD, WV): Film Festival-The Four Bobs; WEST VIRGINIA: Film Festival-The Four Bobs; RAMP FESTIVAL: Film Festival-The Four Bobs.
FILM FESTIVAL - GEORGE DAUGHTERY & FRED BARKEY
15 M. 1995 VHS WVLC
"The Earl of Elkview," George Daughtery and Professor Fred Barkey, head of the industrial relations program at the WV. Graduate College, respond to the recent $1.5 million production, WEST VIRGINIA.. Daughtery believes that the series left out the great people who have triumphed in WV. Barkey thinks that the union movements were not given their due.
FILM FESTIVAL - GREG CARROLL, ROBERTA GREEN & BEN TUCKER
30 M. 1995 VHS WVLC
First interview (15 minutes): Steve Fesenmaier talks with Greg Carroll, president of the West Virginia International Film Festival (WVIFF), and Roberta Green, the new treasurer for WVIFF. Second interview (15 minutes): Steve talks with Benjamin Tucker about his recent trip to Russia for filmmaking, the August Psychotronic Film Festival, and other movie events at the West Virginia State Capitol Center. Includes the opening scene of "Eraserhead."
FILM FESTIVAL - VICKI SHAMBLEM & ALLEN TONEY
15 M. 1995 VHS WVLC
Steve interviews Allen Toney, winner of this year's First Place Award from Fractal Design, and one of the greatest computer artists of the 1990s. His new home page on the World Wide Web was picked as one of the "top 5%" by the Point. Steve noted that the "World Wide Web is the only version of the digital movies that will be coming to our houses when the fiber optic cable is installed." Vicki Shamblen, librarian an head of cataloging and interlibrary loan for the West Virginia Library Commission. Ms. Shamblen has been working on the Internet for years, both as a MLIS student and as head cataloger for the Commission.
FIRE ON THE WATER: OHIO RIVER STEAMBOATS
28:30 M. VHS TV Image
The story of the steamboat on the Ohio and Mississippi from the first 1811 voyage to its popularity as a tourist attraction today; scenes on board the Mississippi Queen. We see surviving authentic steamboats and how they work, from the lowering of the stacks of the W.P. Snyder, Jr. towboat at the Ohio River Museum at Marietta, Ohio, to the Belle of Louisville's calliope and engine room; historic film footage of working steamboats carrying cargo, racing, transporting passengers; the steamboats role in the Civil War; its rise and fall in transportation and commerce, showboats; narration/demonstration by John Briley, Manager of the Ohio river Museum. Featured: Belle of Louisville; W.P. Snyder, Jr.; Liberty; Chris Green; The Betsy Anne; and Mississippi Queen.
FIVE MILLION STEPS: THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL THRU - HIKER'S STORY
75 M. 1988 VHS Lynne Whelden
A documentary on the famous 2,000 mile Appalachian Trail, which follows 16 hikers as they attempt to walk the Trail from Georgia to Maine, 1987.
FIXIN' TO TELL ABOUT JACK
25 M. 1974 16MM/VHS Appalshop
Presents Ray Hicks, a mountain farmer who is master of the art of storytelling, as he tells his fold of "Jack Tales" to a group of children. Each "Jack Tale" contains specific details and histories that have been passed on from generation to generation.
FLOOD RELIEF - A TIME OF NEED
60 M. 1996 VHS WCHS-TV 8
West Virginia's devastating flood of January 1986 that captured the entire state is shown through the eyes of local news station WCHS-TV 8 of Kanawha County.
98 M. 1971 16MM/VHS Columbia
Davis Grubb's West Virginia novel translated to film. Starring Jimmy Stewart, Ann Baxter, and George Kennedy. Three ex-cons are stalked by their former prison guard. Shot on location in Moundsville Prison, Moundsville, WV.
FOOT STOMPIN' MUSIC
12 M. 1975 Films, Inc.
Jimmy Edmonds of Virginia is a third generation fiddler who performs regularly with his family. He is profiled along with Tammy Richard, a young country singer who is shown planning her career and cutting a record.
FOR LIBERTY AND UNION
29 M. 1978 16MM/VHS
Tells the story of the formation of the State of West Virginia from 1861 to 1863 through the actions of such Founding Fathers as John Carlile, Waltman T. Willey and Alexander Campbell. The Wheeling Customs House and Independence Hall in Wheeling, WV. form the background for the historic dramatization.
FORKS OF CHEAT
60 M. 1989 VHS
A documentary about one of the wildest and least known of America's rivers. Narrated by West Virginia University Graduate, David Selby, who presents lives of people affected by the river. Traces its origins high in the spruce forests of the Appalachian Mountains to where it empties into the Monongahelia bound for the Ohio and on into the Gulf of Mexico.
21 M. 1974 McGraw-Hill
Explores the techniques of recording oral history, writing,. designing and running the magazine. Foxfire, which was an account of the lore, legends, and crafts of the Appalachian folk heritage. Recorded by a group of high school students in Georgia. They explain how their project works, how it grew, how it changed their lives, and how it spread into a nationwide educational movement.
104 M. 1987 VHS
Cincinnati is the place where two different worlds collide - Country Club Big City verses rural Appalachia - this film adaptation of Larry Ketron's play. Molly Ringwald plays Jewel, the worldly-wise daughter of the country, looking for a man. Andrew McCarthy is the Cincinnati engineering student who finds himself in a rural party house across the river, supposedly celebrating his recent engagement to a debutante. Both have to chose whether or not to follow their hearts -or their - prejudices. One of the best versions of "Romeo and Juliet" set in Appalachia.
FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES (WORDS AND DEEDS OF THE MARROWBONE CREEK COMMUNITY)
25 M. 1976 16MM/VHS Appalshop
An unreleased tape copy of a film about a small community's life. Their ideas about life are mixed with the construction of a log-cabin home.
FROM THE BACK PORCH: RAE MCKEE
38 M. 1992 VHS WSWP-TV
interviewing Teacher of the Year, Rae McKee of Romney, WV. Discusses her views on education in West Virginia, teaching techniques, attitudes of the public as well as teachers, politics, and youth of today.
FROM EVERY MOUNTAINSIDE-1942-WEST VIRGINIA STATE ROAD COMMISSION
20 M. B&W VHS
From the collection of the West Virginia State Archives.
Contains rare scenes including: South Charleston Ordinance Plant, Morgantown Ordinance Works, Marietta Manufacturing Co., Interwoven Mills and the coal, steel, lumber, oil & gas, chemical, and agricultural industries. Shows West Virginia state road Commission's effort to build national defense roads in the face of wartime shortages. Morgantown, Kanawha Valley, Welch, Norton and Moundsville are pictured.
FULL OF LIFE A DANCIN'
29 M. 1978 Phoenix
Deep within the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina one of America's oldest folk dances, clogging is still enjoyed. The champion Southern Appalachian Cloggers are featured.
GILIGAN'S APPALACHIA, PROGRAM THREE
SEE: MOUNTAINEER CIRCLES
GO VAN GOGH, THE
30 M. 1993
The madcap musical West Virginia boys, has their entire cinematic history on tape! The Van Gogh's are film graduates of WV. State College. The video contains: PLANET OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN-takes you back to the cheesy sci-fi films of the 50's. ROLL-a cheap shot on video. COALFINGER-What if a few bad WV. actors decided to stage a James Bond movie? Featuring a Jason Priestly look-alike. GO VAN GOGH: ALL OVER THE ROAD-the boys go on tour (Morgantown, WV) and you're there for every stinkin' minute. GO VAN GOGH: THE SAD TRUTH-the boys think they're a great band-unfortunately, no one else does. MAKE THE MONEY - the Van Goghs play a snotty British punk band. All this plus snippets of live shows from the WVSC campus and local Charleston live the Levee in 1990! MUSICIANS (ROCK): Go Van Gogh; WEST VIRGINIA MUSICIANS: Go Van Gogh; MUSIC (ROCK): Go Van Gogh.
GOODBYE, MISS 4TH OF JULY
90 M. 1988 VHS Disney
Christopher Janus wrote this autobiographical novel about his early life in Montgomery, WV. Directed by George Miller (the second most famous of the two directors with the same name from Australia) and starring two WV natives, Chris Saradon stars as the Greek father who takes his family from Athens, Greece to work as an engineer in Montgomery. (Saradon was born and raised in Beckley.) Conchata Ferrell plays one of the civic leaders who run the annual Miss 4th of July contest. The story focuses on the teenage daughter who comes of age in the pre-WW I era. The family has to face discrimination, both against the Greek family she's part of, and the black ex-boxer who seeks refuge with them. ( This role is played by Louis Gossett Jr.) After facing the Klan and other forces, she shows her total dedication to the townspeople by caring for influenza victims. Excellent acting by all, plus a dramatic story make this one of the best films ever about West Virginia. The Disney Channel has shown this film on the 4th of July ever since 1988. (The book was published in 1988.)
GREAT RIVER ROAD
21 M. 1982 Exxon
The Exxon West Virginia is a tugboat, which travels from Louisiana to Pittsburgh, moving millions of gasoline, oil and other petroleum products. Modern techniques of river boating are shown along with life on the riverboat. More tonnage moves every year on the Ohio River than though the Panama Canal. It's still the cheapest way to transport gasoline.
GREAT WEIRTON STEEL
58 M. 1984 First Run Features
A painful film about a miracle operation. In 1982 a unique experiment took place in Weirton, WV. - the workers at Weirton Steel were given the chance to buy their company. By taking severe pay cuts and borrowing large sums of money, they could save the company and town. Many different viewpoints are shown on the operation. The reality of class struggle in America is graphically shown and discussed.
GREEN, ROLLING HILLS
25 M. 1995 VHS
A Missoula, Montana filmmaker came to West Virginia to investigate the proposed Apple Grove pulp mill plant. Interviews with people from many different viewpoints are shown including the state forester, Fred Maxey, and Norm Steenstra, head of the West Virginia Environmental Council (see also the new Appalshop film, "Ready For Harvest - Clearcutting In Appalachia").
80 M. 1981 Appalshop
Chester Cornett, native of Harlan County, makes a "two and one" chair. He begins with a tree, going out into the woods. He strips the tree, cuts out the wood that he needs, and begins the long process of making one of his famous chairs. We see his techniques as we hear his philosophy as he speaks his mind on a wide variety of subjects.
28 M. 1992 VHS Appalshop
Teacher Linda Oxendine-Brown is shown in her classroom in eastern Kentucky using the Foxfire teaching method which emphasizes democratic decision-making, hands-on experience, collaborative learning and student involvement in the world outside the classroom. Follows the her 24 second-graders as they produce a weekly radio program, write, edit and publish a collection of short stories and nonfiction, enjoy an informal performance by some mountain musicians, plant tomatoes, and visit a classmate's farm.
HANSEL & GRETEL - AN APPALACHIAN VERSION
16 M. 16MM&VHS Tom Davenport Ages: 5-Adult
From the Brothers Grimm series. When a poor Depression-era mountain father and stepmother can no longer afford to feed their children, Hansel and Gretel, they walk them into the woods and "lose" them. Banjo tunes serenade the resourceful pair through the misty forests, the harrowing adventures in the witch's decorative log cabin with its outdoor kitchen, and eventually back home to their backwoods hollow. This tale of self-reliance and mutual loyalty is narrated by Tom Davenport. WITCHES: Hansel & Gretel-An Appalachian Version; JUVENILE FICTION: Hansel & Gretel-An Appalachian Version; POOR: Hansel & Gretel-An Appalachian Version; APPALACHIAN REGION: Hansel & Gretel-An Appalachian Version; BROTHERS GRIMM: Hansel & Gretel-An Appalachian Version.
HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A.
103 M. 1976 16MM&VHS Cinema 5
This Academy Award winning documentary shows the year long strike by 180 coal mining families to win a standard United Mine Workers contract from the owners of the Brookside mine in Kentucky. Provides insight into the lives of the miners and their families.
HARRIETTE SIMPSON ARNOW 1908-1986
35 M. 1988 VHS/16MM Appalshop
Appalshop filmed Mrs. Arnow shortly before she died. She tells the story of her life and discusses the facts behind her three novels: Mountain Path 1936, Hunter's Horn, and her most famous, The Dollmaker 1954. She used her imagination and education to create Gertie, later portrayed by Jane Fonda in her only TV role. She loved the land and the people of her native Kentucky—but was very glad to return to the city of Detroit during WW II—especially because of the public libraries!
HATFIELDS AND THE McCOYS
74 M. VHS WorldVision
The most famous feud in American history - the battle between the mountain-dwelling Hatfields and McCoys-is sparked by two young people who chose love over war in this stirring true-life dramatization. The two families have been peaceable, if wary, enemies since the end of the Civil War, but all that changes at a local dance where Johnse Hatfield and Rose Anne McCoy meet and fall in love. This discordant incident, in addition to the fact that the Hatfields provide roasted pig stolen from the McCoys, starts the feud to simmer. Devil Anse Hatfield (Jack Palance) and Randall McCoy, patriarchs of the clans, try to hold their boys back, but it becomes impossible when Johnse and Rose Anne run off to live together. Both sides engage in bloody vendettas that leave several dead and both family houses burned to the ground. When Rose Anne dies, Devil Anse and Randall realize that one solution is to meet each other on the field of battle - face to face. HATFIELD-MCCOY FEUD: Hatfield and the McCoys; APPALACHIAN REGION: Hatfield and the McCoys; LOVE AFFAIRS: Hatfield and the McCoys; VENDETTAS: Hatfield and the McCoys; FICTION: Hatfield and the McCoys; FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: Hatfield and the McCoys.
HATFIELDS & McCOYS - AN AMERICAN FEUD
50 M. 1996 A&E Home Video
It began in 1878 and took twelve years, twelve deaths, and one Supreme Court decision before it was over. The famous family feud between the Hatfields and McCoys involved a stolen pig, a forbidden love affair, a hanging, and several cold-blooded murders. Sensational coverage in the media brought the story out of the remote Appalachian hills into the public eye. Despite the lasting impression of two families ignoring the law and seeking frontier justice, the courts were involved as each side tried to obtain satisfaction through legal means. Historians and family descendants help separate fact from fiction. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Hatfields & McCoys-An American Feud; HATFIELDS-MCCOYS FEUD: Hatfields & McCoys-An American Feud; LOVE AFFAIRS: Hatfields & McCoys-An American Feud; VENDETTAS: Hatfields & McCoys-An American Feud; FICTION: Hatfields & McCoys-An American Feud; APPALACHIAN REGION: Hatfields & McCoys-An American Feud; FEUDS: Hatfields & McCoys-An American Feud.
HELP US PROTECT OUR LAND AND OUR MINERS' LIVES
1.5 M. 1979 Omnificent Systems
Three 30 second television public service announcements: 1) Mine Health and Safety; 2) Strip Mine Regulations; 3) History of Federal Regulation. Created by Robert Gates of Charleston.
HERO OF REMAGEN: LT. KARL TIMMERMANN
16 M. VHS 1995
Narrated by Secretary of State Ken Hechler. March 7, 1945, Americans of the 9th Armored Division had been ordered to stop at the Rhine River. When they reached t he Rhine, Lt. Timmermann discovered that there was still a bridge standing, and the German defenders were setting off demolition's to destroy it. Although two explosions occurred, Timmermann courageously led the troops across the bridge, thereby saving thousands of lives and shortening the war in Europe. Timmermann and 12 others received Distinguished Service Crosses for their feat (Ken Hechler details this in his book, The Bridge At Remagen). This is the story of Timmermann's life - a German-born son of a World War I deserter from the American occupation army in World War I, who moved to Nebraska at the age of 18 months and became one of the great leaders of WW II.
95 M. 1993 VHS Tara Releasing
An engaging chronicle of the development of bluegrass told through the performances and recollections of the legendary pioneers of this truly American music. Featured musicians include: Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Martin and more. BLUEGRASS MUSIC: High Lonesome; HISTORY: High Lonesome; COUNTRY MUSICIANS: High Lonesome.
HIGH LONESOME SOUND
30 M. B&W 1963 Macmillan
Demonstrates that the people of eastern Kentucky sing gospel and folk music as a way to maintain tradition and dignity. Emphasizes the hard times of an area where farming land has won out and men have been replaced by machines in the mines.
HIKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
30 M. 1975 Walter Klein
Shows the popular hiking trail which runs 2,000 miles up eastern America while demonstrating correct back-packing techniques. Includes historic coverage of the area as the hikers walk it.
HILLS ARE ALIVE
20 M. 1980 WV. Dept. of Commerce
HILLS OF GREEN, PALACE OF GOLD
28 M. WNPB-TV VHS/BETA
The Hare Krishna Temple outside of Moundsville is one of the top tourist attractions in the state. Every year thousands of visitors come to see one of the most elaborate religious shrines in the country. The history and sociology of the community is shown, as well as neighbors reactions to this amazing work of architecture.
HOLY GHOST PEOPLE
52 M. 1968 VHS McGraw-Hill
Surveys the major beliefs of a Pentecostal church, with candid shots of the congregation during a snake-handling service in West Virginia. Closes on a dramatic note when the leader is bitten by a rattlesnake. WEST VIRGINIA: Holy Ghost People; PENTECOSTAL CHURCH: Holy Ghost People; RELIGION: Holy Ghost People; DOCUMENTARY FEATURES.
HOLY COW! SWAMI
180 M. 1996 WNPB-TV
Jacob Young, famous for creating "Dancing Outlaw" and the award winning PBS series Different Drummer, worked years on this 3 part documentary about the controversial Swami Bhaktipasda and the kingdom he created at New Vrindaban, a Hare Krishna community near Moundsville, WV. A cloud of legal troubles descended on the Swami and the Krishna community including allegations of murder and racketeering. FEATURE: Holy Cow! Swami; RELIGION: Holy Cow! Swami; HARE KRISHNA: Holy Cow! Swami; BHAKTIPASDA, SWAMI: Holy Cow! Swami; MOUNDSVILLE, WV: Holy Cow! Swami; MURDER: Holy Cow! Swami; RACKETEERING: Holy Cow! Swami; WEST VIRGINIA: Holy Cow! Swami.
HOMER LAUGHLIN CHINA COMPANY, THE
25 M. 1991 VHS WSWP-TV
Learn the history of a West Virginia business from the start of 1874-1991. Stretching for more than a mile along Hancock County's Ohio River at Newell is the Homer Laughlin China Company, the world's largest manufacturer of dinnerware, Fiesta. Laughlin's claims to have manufactured about one-third of all dinnerware sold in the United States. CERAMIC INDUSTRY: Homer Laughlin China Company; WEST VIRGINIA: Homer Laughlin China Company; LAUGHLIN, HOMER: Homer Laughlin China Company; FIESTA CHINA: Homer Laughlin China Company.
HURTING CHURCH, THE
60 M. 1991 VHS WNPB-TV
Residents of a rural West Virginia town are bound together by their tiny Fundamentalist church. The program focuses on three families as they battle unemployment, sickness, sexual abuse and poverty. Their unfailing faith in God helps them battle the pain. With the congregation, they "lay on hands" and speak in tongues in a faith-healing ceremony, eagerly awaiting spiritual relief. THE HURTING CHURCH is from the STATES OF MIND series. STATES OF MIND is an unprecedented collaborative effort between seven American public television stations and the BBC.
I'M WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT
28 M. 1985 16MM&VHS Appalshop
In 1982 West Virginia Circuit Court Judge Recht declared the schools in West Virginia unconstitutional and called for a "complete restructuring" of the educational system. Using the dramatic events in Lincoln County as an example, the challenge improving West Virginia is present in great lucidity.
57 M. 1978 VHS/16MM Wayne Ewing
A complete look at the campaign of State Senator Warren McGraw. Gives evidence of the "hard campaign trail in the West Virginia coal fields." A close look at the issues, feelings and situations that affect the West Virginia political mind.
ILLITERACY IN WEST VIRGINIA
25 M. 1985 VHS PBS-TV
The problems of one of America's leading nightmares is shown in the Mountain State. Interviews with both men and women, around the state, demonstrate the calamity of not being able to read.
IN COAL COUNTRY
11 M. VHS Facet
This iconographic video presentation evokes the flavor of Judith Hendershot's award-winning story about the life of a miner's family in the 1930's, seen through the eyes of a young girl.
120 M. 1989 RATED: R Swank
A powerful, contemporary drama starring Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd, is the touching portrait of one family's struggle to heal the wounds cased by Vietnam, as seen through the experiences of a young woman in rural Kentucky whose father was killed in the war, and her reclusive uncle, a veteran of the same conflict. Based on the novel by Bobbie Ann Mason.
IN MEMORY OF THE LAND AND PEOPLE
50 M. 1978 Omnificent Systems
This documentary is an independent production by Robert Gates on the ravages of strip mining. There is no script. No narrator. Music of Bartok is interwoven with songs and dialogue of people who live in the stripped regions.
IN THE COMPANY'S HANDS
25 M. 1987 VHS WSWP-TV
Coal mine wars of the 1920's.
IN THE GOOD OLD FASHIONED WAY
30 M. 1973 16MM&VHS Appalshop
Shows the spirit and faith of the old Regular Baptist Church, the oldest and one of the most unique churches in the mountains. Explains that religion, which has a tremendous impact on the members' lives, is uniquely a product of the Appalachian culture.
IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST - FILMMAKING IN WEST VIRGINIA
25 M. 1994 VHS
Public Affairs reporter Beth Vorhees interviews Steve Fesenmaier, Danny Boyd, and new film czar Mark McNabb about movies made in the Mountain State. Steve gives a quick history, beginning with STAGESTRUCK (1925). Danny Boyd who is starting his new Paradise Film Institute, talks about making three video feature films and his plans for the future, especially making a film in Russia. Mark McNabb was recently appointed director of the West Virginia Film Office. He talks about his plans to promote filmmaking in West Virginia, both by local and outside filmmakers.
IN YA BLOOD
20 M. B&W 1971 16MM&VHS Appalshop
Follows randy, an Appalachian youth, as he makes the difficult decision as to whether to leave his home and go to college or to stay in Appalachia and become a coal miner. Desire for a car now rather than waiting and lack of money together cause him to decide to stay and mine coal.
INTERVIEW WITH LINA BASQUETTE
30 M. 1991 VHS WSWP-TV
John Bauman of WSWP-TV interviews Lina Basquette who was a famous dancer and film star between 1916 to 1943. She now raises dogs, living in Wheeling, WV. In 1990 she published her autobiography, Lina De Mille's Godless Girl. She was once married to Sam Warner of Warner Bros. fame. She discusses her amazing career.
INVASION OF THE SPACE PREACHERS
100 M. 1990 VHS Rhino
Charleston's 1989 BIG PICTURES' production. The extraterrestrial evangelist, Reverend Lash (Gary Brown) has come to each to pick the pockets and minds of America on his quest for the ultimate religious experience creating a congregation of mindless morons with his psycho-sermon radio broadcasts.
INVISIBLE UNIVERSE, THE
15 M. 1976 Capital Film Laboratories
An award winning look at one of the wonders of the world, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. Made by three astronomers-filmmakers who actually worked at Green Bank and currently being used as part of the tour of the facility in Pocahontas County. This radio telescope is one of man's key tools to study the farthest reaches of the universe.
JACK AND THE DENTIST'S DAUGHTER
25 M. 1984 Tom Davenport
From the Brothers Grimm series. Adapted from a tale in an Appalachian story cycle (Jack tales), it is strongly related to the Grimms' tale called the "Master Thief."
JOLO SERPENT HANDLERS
28 M. 1977 16MM/VHS Karen Kramer
Shows members of the church dancing and handling snakes. Interviews with members of the church. Interview with a woman whose father and husband died. Shows a bite victim.
JOHN JACOB NILES
32 M. 1978 16MM/VHS Appalshop
A portrait of the famous folksinger and ballad collector of the Appalachian Mountains. An 86 year-old preserver and performer whom Time Magazine hailed as "The Dean of American Balladeers," he was a major factor in bringing about the folk music revival of the 1920's and 30's.
JON MCBRIDE: ASTRONAUT
25 M. 1983 VHS Max Media
WV native, Jon McBride became a Space Shuttle astronaut during the fall f 1984. Scenes from his childhood, military career, and astronaut training are woven together to make a moving biography of a man who has "the right stuff." Produced by William Drennen Jr. of Charleston whose Max Media utilized vide space footage, and all the latest techniques to make this WV. production.
JOURNEY OF AUGUST KING, THE
92 M. 1996 Miramax Rated: PG-13 [CC]
Jason Patric (Rush) is August King, a young man whose life is changed forever when he risks everything to help a beautiful woman (Thandie Newton - Jefferson In Paris) on a courageous - and very dangerous - search for a new life. Desperate yet determined, the two set out on a harrowing journey towards freedom . . . and find in each other the strength to overcome incredible odds! Also featuring Sam Waterston (Law and Order) and Larry Drake (L.A. Law).
JOURNEY THROUGH A DEPRESSION
19 M. 1990 VHS Ruth Blackwell Rogers
Using her paintings, one of WV's leading artists takes us along a road showing all the different emotions one experiences during a deep depression. The beautiful music matches the stunningly beautiful images - and the narrator's voice more than any thing reveals a profound understanding of the most common form of serious mental illness.
JUDGE WOOTEN AND THE COON-ON-A-LOG
10 M. B&W 1970 Appalshop
Portrays Leslie County Kentucky's Judge Wooten in the Fourth of July coon-on-a-log contest. He discusses in the typical easy-going mountaineer style subjects ranging from tourism to moonshine.
JULIE: OLD TIME TALES OF THE BLUE RIDGE
11 M. 1991 VHS Flower Films
Julie Jarrell Lyons was born Oct. 5, 1903, in the Blue Ridge Mts., of N.C. Julie embodies the strength and sweetness of mountain women who have lived through harsh times raising their children and have maintained the spirit of their heritage. Julie evokes in an inimitable way a world of times gone by. Like her brother, Tommy Jarrell (SPROUT WINGS AND FLY), Julie sings ballads and plays harmonica and is known as an excellent dancer.
JUNE KILGORE: A RETROSPECTIVE
90 M. 1995 VHS WVLC
June Kilgore is one of West Virginia's most influential artists and art teachers. During her years at Marshall University, she created some of the best abstract expressionist paintings and taught art to thousands of students. Mark Moore, the curator for the Cultural Center, was one of those students. To honor her, The Cultural Center, held its first complete retrospective of a living West Virginia artist.
JUSTICE IN THE COALFIELDS
58 M. 1995 VHS Appalshop
Examines the United Mine Workers' strike against the Pittston Coal Company that raises fundamental questions about the legal rights of unions and the nature of justice for unionized workers.
KANAWHA, THE MAGIC VALLEY
8 M. 1952 SILENT Ray Rogers
This is the first known color film made in WV by a native. He shows water skiing on the Kanawha, the state capitol, and other local sites. It was shown at the opening ceremony for the Charleston Renaissance Group. In 1952 a Union Carbide employee who enjoyed watching movies decided to make his own movie about his beautiful home, the Kanawha Valley. Edited to the beat of "An American In Paris," scenes of the city and the river in color reveal a feeling of optimism. Rogers died in fall 1999.
KANAWHA VALLEY HOMES
15 M. 1995 VHS WCHS-TV
Natalie Tennant reports on three Charleston homes - Henry Elden's 'Glass House,' the 'House on the Hill' - the oldest house overlooking the valley, and pro football player Denny Herrick's home. All three are unusual.
KARL HESS: TOWARD LIBERTY
26 M. 1979 16MM/VHS Direct Cinema
An award winning film about one of America's interesting social philosophers. Now living in Kearneysville, West Virginia where he makes his living welding and taking an active role in neighborhood politics, especially the local public library. Hess, a former Goldwater speech writer, explains why he traded suburban D.C. for a self-built home. Co-author of Neighborhood Power, Hess bills himself as a "practitioner," not a leader of alternative technology.
KEN BURNS IN WEST VIRGINIA
58 M. 1990 16MM/VHS WV Humanities Council
In the fall of 1990 PBS broadcast it's most popular and critically praised series, The Civil War. He also visited Charleston to give the annual McCreight Lecture. Mr. Burns is one of America's leading documentary filmmakers - Film Services has all of his films including The Civil War series, Brooklyn Bridge, Huey Long, The Congress, The Shakers. He also has been appointed to advise the new WV Video History Project. (He has family from WV.) This is a fine introduction to one of the finest minds in America today!
KINGDOM COME SCHOOL
20 M. 1973 Appalshop
Shows the 22 students and their teacher as they work and play together during a typical day at the Kingdom Come school in Eastern Kentucky. Demonstrates that the contemporary teaching methods employed by the teacher and the enthusiastic attitude of the pupils have helped the school survive the threat of consolidation.
LEGACY OF THE SIXTIES: CHANGING TIMES IN THE MOUNTAIN STATE
90 M. 1991 VHS WSWP-TV
National PBS broadcast a series in January of 1991 called Making sense of the Sixties. WSWP, Beckley Public TV, did a three-part follow-up series, exploring what happened here, in WV, in the Sixties. Yvonne Farley, St. Albans Public Library director and editor of WV Libraries, was one of the guests for two of the 3 programs. Other guests were Don Marsh, editor of the Charleston Gazette, Tom Bascom, Vietnam Vets counselor, Donald Pitts, black Beckley lawyer and civil rights activist, Helen Powell, active in the Miners for Democracy, and Dr. Maggard, WVU sociologist and specialist on the coal strikes of the Sixties.
LEGEND OF JOHN HENRY
11 M. 1974 Pyramid/Bosustow
Roberta Flack provides the musical accompaniment for this film about the folk hero. Features John Henry's famous race against the steam drill at the Big Bend Tunnel in Summers County. This movie has won several international awards and is recommended for children by Learning Magazine and the American Library Association.
LIBRARY DISASTER: PREVENTION AND RECOVERY + MANUAL
21 M. 1986 VHS BiblioPrep
The 1985 flood affected many West Virginia libraries. This video comes with a manual/workbook (please note on your film request). Various topics such as the need for communication with insurance agents and fire departments are presented. Techniques of recovering damaged materials are also discussed.
LIBRARY (HERITAGE DAYS, 1992)
60 M. 1992 VHS Friends of the Hampshire County Library
Sixth Annual Antique and Collectible Show and Sale. The FRIENDS of the Hampshire County Public Library have put together a winning team and a prize-winning event. Not only is this tape a professional work but the entire event was both professional and profitable. 4,000+ people visited the Library during the Hampshire County Heritage Days.
LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF COAL
53 M. 1974 Xerox
This film shows that although WV. has an enormous wealth in coal, its health services, education, housing and quality of life are all substandard. Explores the role that coal companies play in this economic imbalance.
14M. 1948 16MM/VHS James Davis
West Virginia native James Davis was born in Clarksburg. He taught for many years at Princeton. Before his tenure at Princeton, he became one of America's first influential avant gard filmmakers, influencing Frank Lloyd Wright and many other artists of the post-WW II era. This film is an experiment in capturing the color and movement of light transmitted from the artist's mobiles. What emerges on film is a pure and ethereal form of floating, almost three-dimensional, light shapes. Like specters, the images appear against a black background and move off into space. The mysterious and absorbing effect of the visuals is set off by the effective modern piano score by Edward Muller.
LIGHT REFLECTIONS AND ANALOGIES #1
24 M. VHS James Davis
LIGHT REFLECTIONS - 14 M., 1948 - West Virginia native James Davis was born in Clarksburg and taught for many years at Princeton. Before his tenure at Princeton, he became one of America's first influential avant-gard filmmakers, influencing Frank Lloyd Wright and many other artists of the post-WW II era. This film is an experiment in capturing the color and movement of light transmitted from the artist's mobiles.
ANALOGIES #1 - 10 M., 1953 - James Davis has chosen a formal structure separating two sequences involving images of color and motion-one photographed from nature (objects mirrored on water) and the other created in the studio. He expressed purpose is to explore the "analogy: between effects of moving forms of color which are observed in highly reflective surfaces-both natural and artificial."
LOCKED OUT IN AMERICA: VOICES FROM RAVENSWOOD
30 M. 1992 VHS Barbara Kopple
During the last decade, over 300,000 workers have lost their jobs to permanent replacements in some of this country's biggest labor disputes. Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple, known for her films American Dream and Harlan County USA takes us to Ravenswood, West Virginia, a town devastated by a bitter lockout and the hiring of replacement workers. Ravenswood has been torn apart since last June, when Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation (RAC) locked out 1700 steelworkers. The workers could see it coming-RAC put up barbed wire, boarded windows, and brought in 15 tractor-trailers filled with replacement workers-but they were unprepared for the hard months that followed. Now they and their families survive on dwindling strike benefits and donations, but continue to fight to get their jobs back. Kopple's profiles of these individuals take us to the heart of the controversy over labor's right to strike, and industry's use of permanent replacements-a battle about to come to a head in the U.S. Congress.
LONG JOURNEY HOME
55 M. VHS/16MM. Appalshop
The mass migrations out of Appalachia to such cities as Chicago, Cleveland and Baltimore is well-known. This film brings the story up-to-date with interviews and film/TV clips since WW II. One Baltimore family is shown in the process of returning to Eastern Kentucky after 17 years in the city. Black migration is also known including a gathering in Cleveland of hundreds of Appalachian blacks.
LORD AND FATHER
45 M. 1982 Appalshop
The conflicting viewpoints between father and son, owner and laborer, profitability and morality are exposed in dramatic detail. An overview of the economic history of tobacco in the U.S., and the social structures allied with it, such as tenant sharecropping.
40 M. 1995 B&W VHS Soul Miner NOTE: Preview-Adult Material
West Virginia filmmaker David Claypool tells the story of a young man who discovers his murdered "object of desire," a local flower girl. He retrieves the body, turning her into literally a giant puppet. In the nightmare world of porno films and snuff movies, he finds both his dreams and the horrific truth that lead him to his bitter situation. Filmed on location in Charleston and Nitro.
LULLABY FOR BEN
78 M. 1993 VHS RUSSIA Palma
Sixty miles from Washington, D.C. the 1287 resident is born into the small town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. As this tiny new life clings to his mother's breast, he can't imagine how much joy he has brought into the world... or how many problems. He hasn't any idea of the enormous legacy that he received at birth... legacy that is the subject of the film... LULLABY FOR BEN. This is a documentary film, but structured more like a feature film. The life of the city that will unfold before us- be it a birth or christening of a child, a meeting of the Rotary Club or a football game, a check of the acoustics in the Opera House under construction or a cocktail party with the local pastor, the fight between the North and South during the Civil war come to life or a love story, and much, much more-all this is colored by the personal fate of the film's hero, Jack Skuce, who has returned to the town after a long absence. The lullaby for newborn Ben becomes a lullaby for Shepherdstown, West Virginia-a typical American small town. Many or myriad songs and lullabies in the film are being especially written and performed for this work by American musicians. LULLABIES: Lullaby For Ben; CITY AND TOWN LIFE: Lullaby For Ben; WEST VIRGINIA: Lullaby For Ben; SHEPHERDSTOWN (WV.): Lullaby For Ben; FICTION: Lullaby For Ben; DOCUMENTARY: Lullaby For Ben; SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS: Lullaby For Ben.
MA AND PA KETTLE ON VACATION
76 M. B&W 1953 MCA [CC]
Their latest laugh fest finds Ma and Pa Kettle (Marjorie Main and Percy Killbride) off on a whirlwind spree to France. They're being treated to a vacation courtesy of their of their daughter-in-law's parents (Ray Collins and Barbara Brown). But on the plane, gullible Pa agrees to deliver a letter to a man in Paris - and unknowingly becomes involved in a spy ring. A hilarious mixture of "I Spy" and "Gay Paree" follows, as Pa gets an eyeful of naughty French postcards, can-can dancers and saucy night life, all under the watchful eyes of the spies and the FBI. Meanwhile, Ma deals with it all - from her outraged reaction to a nightclub Apache dance, to her flying fists when things get too hot for Pa. COMEDY: Ma and Pa Kettle On Vacation; FICTION: Ma and Pa Kettle On Vacation; HUMOR: Ma and Pa Kettle On Vacation; MARRIED LIFE: Ma and Pa Kettle On Vacation; FRANCE: Ma and Pa Kettle On Vacation; FEATURE: Ma and Pa Kettle On Vacation.
MA AND PA KETTLE AT HOME
82 M. B&W 1954 MCA [CC]
Homespun humor abounds Pa and Pa Kettle (Marjorie Main and Percy Killbride), with their sprawling brood of kids, try to spruce up their ramshackle nest. Eldest son Elwin (Brett Halsey) and a neighbor are finalists in an essay contest for a college scholarship. Both have written about their "dream farm" on which they live. But when the judges decide to visit the farms and see which is the better environment, the Kettles are in big trouble. So Pa races to patch up t he house with the help of his Indian pals Geoduck and Crowbar (Oliver Blake and Stan Ross). All seems to be under control until an unforeseen catastrophe occurs! It remains for Ma to save the day - if she can. COMEDY: Ma and Pa Kettle At Home; HUMOR: Ma and Pa Kettle At Home; FICTION: Ma and Pa Kettle At Home; MARRIED LIFE: Ma and Pa Kettle At Home; REMODELING: Ma and Pa Kettle At Home; FEATURE: Ma and Pa Kettle At Home.
MARCOS DE SAN MARCOS
28 M. 1982 VHS Opequon Productions
A West Virginia native son tells us a out life in the Peace Corps. On location in Guatemala, with all the ongoing interest in Central American politics, the tape connects life here and in one of the world's most beautiful locations.
110 M. 1985 VHS
Nastassja Kinski, in her most provocative role since Tess, is Maria, one of the girls left behind during World War II. Her lovely image of absolute innocence on the brink of sensual discovery blossoms into the heart of Maria's Lovers, a nostalgically romantic drama set in the America after the war. John Savage (The Deer Hunter) is Ivan, her childhood sweetheart. Having returned from war he's scarred by nightmares of the Japanese prison camp where he dreamed of Maria to block out the horrors. But when they marry and his dreams become real, Ivan can't separate the memories of prison camp from the images of Maria that helped him survive. Unable to understand her husband's impotence, Maria finds herself tempted by the other men passionately attracted to her. Academy Award-winner Keith Carradine emanates seduction as a womanizing troubadour, and, in fact, wrote the evocative ballad "Maria's Eyes" for the film, Robert Mitchum, Anita Morris and Bud Cort round out the remarkable cast. With magnificent cinematography capturing life in America's heartland, Maria's Lovers vividly recreates an age of postwar innocence coming in grips with a complex morality. Filmed near the West Virginia/Pennsylvania border.
MARY INGALLS: INDIAN CAPTIVE
27 M. 1987 VHS/16MM WSWP-TV
In 1755, Mary Ingalls escaped from a Shawnee Indian village in Ohio and made her way through 900 miles of trackless river routes to her home in Virginia. She went further west than any other white women of her time, returning through the New River Gorge in what is now West Virginia. Award-winning production from Wayne Sourbear for Beckley public TV.
MASSES AND MILLIONAIRES: THE HOMESTEAD STRIKE
25 M. 1974 LCA
A significant chapter in the history of both labor and capital, this strike took place outside Pittsburgh. In 1892 the workers at the Carnegie Steel Company went on strike. The story is told both from the worker's side and that of owners Frick and Carnegie. Against overwhelming odds, the workers fought the "company thugs" and paid the consequences.
MASSIVE HYDRAULIC FRACTURE
40 M. Omnificent Systems
WV. filmmaker, Robert Gates, made this short film about a technique being tested on releasing underground natural gas. Appalachia has enough natural gas to greatly increase the supply available to western markets. The current energy crisis is being handled on all fronts, including Columbia Gas and the Department of Energy working together on such new techniques.
130 M. 1986 16MM&VHS Cinecom
John Sayle, one of the leading independent directors in the world, cane to WV. to film one of the most famous confrontations between laborer and owner. James Earl Jones is a coal miner who joins the union to stop massive abuses. Filmed in Thurmond, WV.
MEDIA PROBES - POLITICAL SPOTS
30 M. 1982 Time-Life
The 1980 campaign of Governor John D. Rockefeller IV is one of the chief examples used in this look at the influence of modern mass media on politics.
111 M. 1969 VHS Paramount Rated-R [CC]
The time: 1968. The place: Chicago, setting of the Democratic National Convention and a hotbed of political and social change. As protesters and police face off in the streets, fate brings together an unlikely pair: John (Robert Forster), a dispassionate TV news cameraman, and Eileen (Verna Bloom), a warmhearted Appalachian raising her son in a Chicago ghetto. Their relationship deepens and so does the impending danger, as John and Eileen are swept into the molestation of fear and violence that has captured the attention of the entire nation.
MEMORIES IN STONE
63 M. 1989 VHS Richard Andre
Shows film clips from the 60's to a background of Charleston High School Band Music. R.G. Williams, legendary band director, smiles at us from his office. Hazel Kellogg presides over the library and Bill Grizzell admires David Isaac's original stone work on the facade and watches as it is meticulously reassembled at the new Capitol High School (combination of former Charleston and Stonewall Jackson High Schools) site. A must for all CHS alumni!
MICHELANGELO'S MADONNA AND SON: THE HUMAN FORM
24 M. 1995 VHS WVU University
This is a production of West Virginia University and Telecommunications Center, Ohio University. Supported by West Virginia University, Public Service Grant Program. The program is set against a background of Renaissance Florence. Artistic, anatomical, social, psychological and religious threads are interwoven throughout the program, creating a truly multidisciplinary perspective of Michelangelo, the man, the artist and the product of the milieu of his time.
MILLSTONE SEWING CENTER
10 M. 1972 Appalshop
Shows the Millstone Sewing Center in which elderly, widowed seamstresses use a combination of Salvation Army castoffs, food stamps, and OEO funds to organize a community center and sew clothes for needy children in the community. Emphasizes the relationship between generations in an Appalachian community.
MINE WAR ON BLACKBERRY CREEK
28 M. 1986 VHS Appalshop
This is a document of the on-going strike of the UMWA coal miners against the A. T.. Massey co., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell and the Flour Corp. This is an intimate look at both workers and strike breakers. This area of WV. is where mine wars have been fought since the 1920's.
29 M. 1986 VHS Arthur Young
Tells the story of the struggle for mine safety in the U.S., focusing on the tragedy of Monongah, WV, in which 362 miners died.
MORE BEST OF THE SOUPY SALES SHOW
53 M. Color/B&W 1990 Rhino
Taken from his hilarious TV series of the 60s and 70s. Soupy (a native of Huntington, West Virginia) entertains guests Tab Hunter and Frank Sinatra, Jr. along with the rest of the usual assortment of nuts.
12 M. 1974 Appalshop
Covers three craftsmen who were featured at the Morgan County, Kentucky Sorghum Festival-a knife maker, a broom maker, and a woman who spins her own yarn on a spinning wheel. Demonstrates the creating of their crafts and displays.
MORRIS FAMILY OLD TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL
30 M. 1972 B&W 16MM/VHS Omnificent Systems
Dave and John Morris held their own music festival at Ivydale, Clay county, from 1969 to 1972. The festival was known for its traditional music, good times, and rain. WV. filmmaker Bob Gates filmed the last festival in exquisite black & white photography. Sight and sound are fused to recreate the happy time everyone had despite the downpour.
8 M. 1974 B&W 16MM/VHS Appalshop
Serves as a tribute to a true mountaineer - a strong, independent man who finds joy in his work and harmony with the land. Shows him tilling the soil with his horse, and plow and using methods barely different from his ancestors.
9 M. 1976 Pyramid
Using clay for both background and characters, Will Vinton creates a colorful and peaceful mountain setting. A trio of musicians plays a country folk tune which becomes increasingly electric, until the mountain explodes in a volcanic eruption.
24 M. Wombat
Includes interviews with Appalachian mountain dwellers in their habitat describing their desolate situations. The narrator is a man working with them to improve their lifestyle, and they offer what they feel are solutions to improve their standard of living.
28 M. 1991 VHS Appalshop
Examines five innovative and sometimes idiosyncratic example of "homegrown" Appalachian television. Joe's Show, a live music show produced and distributed out of Joe Engle's basement in Viper, Kentucky is featured, as is the 1957 national series, The Renfro Valley Show, producer John Lair's romanticized vision of his mountain home and its music. The zany hucksterism of the long running Virgil Q. Wacks Varieties is explored through interviews with Wacks and scenes from his show. Shades of Wayne's World!
59 M. 1993-1995 VHS WNPB-TV
What is the difference between a hillbilly and a mountaineer? A unique film done with collages of movie clips starting with TOL' ABLE DAVID (1921) and coming up to the present to show how the hillbilly and West Virginia has been portrayed throughout history. Interviews with historians, artists, professionals, the elderly, the young people of today, and just common folk tell what it means to them to be a Mountaineer. Covers areas that are desolate today but still people remain. Excellent music of yesteryear and of today's sound. Shows that generation after generation, they still hold to their roots - even though the sound may change, the feelings remain the same.
Time varies 1995 VHS WNPB-TV
Three video documentaries and discussion guide exploring life in West Virginia. Includes: PROGRAM ONE-MOUNTAINEER - 59 M. - What is the difference between a hillbilly and a mountaineer? A unique film done with collages of movie clips starting with TOL' ABLE DAVID (1921) and coming up to the present to show how the hillbilly and West Virginia has been portrayed throughout history. Interviews with historians, artists, professionals, the elderly, the young people of today, and just common folk tell what it means to them to be a Mountaineer. Covers areas that are desolate today but still people remain. Excellent music of yesteryear and of today's sound. Shows that generation after generation, they still hold to their roots - even though the sound may change, the feelings remain the same. PROGRAM TWO-FARMER -59 M. - Interviews five farmers who remember what the family farm was like in West Virginia in the 20's and 30's. They each tell how a family-intensive farm activity was done, and they describe interesting aspect of their families. Featured are Titus Harris of Princeton, Mercer County, Kline Henry of Sugar Grove, Monongalia County, Leona Swisher of New Milton, Doddridge County, Mary Thomas of Bruceton Mills, Preston County, Claude Winters of Eglton, Preston County and Ralph Kerns of Monongalia County. PROGRAM THREE - GILIGAN'S APPALACHIA - 29 M. - Uses both humorous and documentary approaches to look at our way of life in West Virginia. Through rapidly crosscut stories and opinions of several individuals with fantasy and comedy stories, Giligan attempts to echo the "crazy quilt" of experiences that come to mind when describing our state.
MOUNTAINS OF GREEN, STREETS OF GOLD
27 M. 1978 Films, Inc.
Story of returning West Virginians from Cleveland to their Mountain State homes. Emphasis is on religion and rejection of urban materialism.
10 M. 1972 Appalshop
Shows the first annual Appalachian People's Music Fair at High Knob, VA. Presents five of the musical numbers performed there that range from folk, jug band, bluegrass in between. They are presented originally - one with intercuts of the fair, still photographs, and one is animated as a cartoon.
MUTZMAG AN APPALACHIAN FOLKTALE
53 M. VHS/16MM Tom Davenport
From the Brothers Grimm series. Set deep in the Appalachian mountains around 1920, this American folktale is about a plucky young girl named Mutzmag. In a series of hair-raising and comical adventures, Mutzmag saves her gullible half-sisters from two backwoods ogres. Mutzmag's mother dies early in the story, and her two teenaged sisters decide to leave their tumble-down shack and seek their fortune elsewhere. Mutzmag tags along acting as a servant girl to her abusive sibling. The girls lose their way in the forest and end up at the cabin of a wicked witch and her giant husband who plans to kill the girls. Quick-witted Mutzmag saves the day with nothing but a broken pocket knife and a hall of string. This exciting story is an Appalachian trickster tale, but with a resourceful heroine instead of a hero. There are some scary scenes in the film that will delight older children, teenagers and adults. Includes "Behind the Scenes" documentary. Ages: 10-Adult.
MY OLD FIDDLE
16 M. 1994 16MM/VHS Flower Films
Featuring Tommy Jarrell (the second sequel to "Sprout Wings and Fly"). Filmed in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, this film portrait contains more of Tommy's unpretentious folk wisdom and reminiscences. The soundtrack features his singing ad fiddling, spiced with a visit to the Smithsonian to test-drive an authentic Stradivarius violin. JARRELL, TOMMY: My Old Fiddle; NORTH CAROLINA: My Old Fiddle; COUNTRY MUSICIANS: My Old Fiddle; FIDDLERS: My Old Fiddle; VIOLIN: My Old Fiddle; APPALACHIA: My Old Fiddle.
MYTHS AND THE MOUNDBUILDERS
55 M. 1981 VHS/16MM Documentary Educational Resources
Throughout the Eastern United States including West Virginia are huge man-made mounds of earth. Over the last three hundred years various myths, reflecting racist attitudes, were invented to explain their creation. Now, as the mounds are being destroyed by highway construction, farmers, and natural erosion, archaeologists are piecing together new theories on their creation and the cultures which were responsible-the Hopewell and Mississippian.
20 M. 1974 Appalshop NOTE: Preview before showing.
Shows several mountaineers as they explain their cures and remedies for ailments using herbs, home remedies and Indian folklore. Also includes a midwife as she assists in the delivery of twins.
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH - ROGER CONNER
55 M. 1995 VHS Charleston City Police Dept.
Roger Conner, a community activist from Washington, D.C., came to Charleston, West Virginia, to present his rationale for neighborhood policing. He talks about some innovative programs around the country. (This is a "Homemade Video" - image poor but clear sound.)
113 M. 1995 VHS Fox Rated-PG-13 [CC]
When doctor Jerry Lovell (Liam Neeson, Oscar-nominee for Schindler's List) discovers a young woman living by herself in the backwoods of North Carolina, he is intrigued by her erratic behavior and unique pattern of speech. Together with a psychologist (Natasha Richardson The Handmaid's Tale), Lovell becomes determined to pierce Nell's (Jodie Foster) private world and protect her from the courts—and a life of scientific study. But as he delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Nell, racing against time and a system, bent on shattering her spirit, he finds that the woman whose way of life he has sought to protect has transformed his own forever. Based on Mark Handley's play Idioglossia. See also Lesson Plan and Internet Resource Guide for Film Nell.
NEW AMERICAN GLASS: FOCUS ON WEST VIRGINIA
28 M. 1976 16MM&VHS Huntington Galleries
Huntington Galleries and WMUL-TV take a look at glass plants in West Virginia. The craftsmen are shown as creators of the works of art and carriers of a skill and tradition of the state.
NEW RIVER BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
26 M. VHS U.S. Steel
A documentary about the history and the construction of the largest span bridge in the world, The New River Bridge, located in Fayette County, West Virginia. NEW RIVER BRIDGE: New River Bridge Construction; WEST VIRGINIA: New River Bridge Construction; BRIDGES: New River Bridge Construction.
NEW RIVER GORGE
30 M. VHS Panorama International Prod.
The Gorge - It cradles of the oldest rivers in North America, its waters cutting through layers of rock more than 300 million years old. Within its depths, explore a myriad of natural wonders: waterfalls, forests, floodplains, the vibrant colors of wildflowers, wildlife, changing seasons and more. NATURAL HISTORY: New River Gorge; NEW RIVER GORGE NATIONAL RIVER: New River Gorge; WEST VIRGINIA: New River Gorge; RIVERS (NORTH AMERICA): New River Gorge; WILDERNESS AREAS: New River Gorge.
NEW RIVER GORGE: A CLIMBING EXPOSE
44 M. 1991 VHS Steve Cater
Rock climbing in West Virginia's New River Gorge, the hottest climbing area of the eastern U.S., exposed here for the first time on video. Forty-four minutes of non-stop action including interviews with Doug Reed, Harrison Dekker, and the exciting solo of Gun Club 5.12 b/c by Dan Osmon. Background information, cranking tunes, and lots of climbing action make this video a must for climbers of all levels.
NEW RIVER: OLDER THAN TIME
29 M. 1989 16MM/VHS WSWP-TV
Wayne Sourbear takes us down the New River, the second oldest river in the world. The people, history and great beauty of this waterway are woven together to make a tapestry you'll never forget.
30 M. 1956 George Stoney
Southern Appalachians came to Cincinnati in the fifties to escape the grinding poverty of the country. They had difficulties adjusting to Big City Life, but with the help of local churches, many did. The pain and the joy of this aspect of the nation-wide move to the cities are shown humanely.
NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
91 M. 1955 B&W 16MM/VHS
Filmed in Moundsville, WV, Charles Laughton's only film as a director is considered a unique masterpiece of American cinema. A psychopathic preacher goes on the trail of hidden money, the secret of which is held by two children. A weird, manic fantasy in which evil confronts the power of innocence. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish.
NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1991)
120 M. ABC-TV VHS
David Greene, best known for ROOTS, made his own version of WV's author Davis Grubb famous novel. In 1955 Charles Laughton, England's greatest actor in the 1930s and 40s, made his own version of Grubb's novel, turning it into one of the "100 Greatest American Movies "according to the AFI. Richard Chamberlain stars as "Preacher". It was filmed in North Carolina, using the New River to replace the Ohio River.
30 M. 1993-95 16MM/VHS North Fork
Appalshop filmmaker Andy Garrison directed their first short fictional film, FAT MONROE in 1990. Returning to the stories of Gurney Norman, he tells this tale about a 14-year-old boy who spends an evening with his uncle. The two actors are William Johnson as Wilgus and Frank Taylor as Uncle Delmer. We think of images from films like "Thunder Road" and "The Night of the Hunter" as we watch these two generations of Appalachian men dig deep inside.
NIMROD WORKMAN: TO FIT MY OWN CATEGORY
35 M. 1975 B&W 16MM/VHS Appalshop
Shows 78 year-old Nimrod Workman, a retired coal miner and singer who writes and performs songs and traditional ballads. He reminisces about life as a miner and sings traditional Appalachian songs.
NO DRUMS, NO BUGLES
85 M. 1971 VHS
Virtually a solo piece for Martin Sheen, as the legendary Ashby Gatrell, sitting out the Civil War in a West Virginia cave. Surprisingly watchable for what boils down to a long interior monologue, and retrospectively resonant as one of Sheen's trio of key military portraits: his pacifist here shading into his deserter in The Execution of Private Slovik and his uncomprehending Willard in Apocalypse Now. Sheen and Clyde Ware (a native of West Virginia) later reunited on the telemovie Story of Pretty Boy Floyd. Cast: Martin Sheen, Clyde Ware, Davey Davison, Rod McCary, Denine Terry.
NO NEED TO REPENT
27 M. 1989 Asymmetry Productions
Jan Griesinger is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She is also an active feminist and an self-proclaimed "out" lesbian. She lives with other women at the "Susan B. Anthony Memorial Unrest Home in rural Appalachia. Ann Alter is one of America's leading feminist filmmakers. She also directed TEN MILES TO FETCH WATER, about the bad water supplies in Southern WV.
NORTH AMERICAN REGIONS
14 M. 1967 Coronet
Explores the Appalachian Highlands which stretch from northeastern Canada to southern Alabama, characterized by an extensive mountain system, flowing waters, and large and small valleys. Gives insight into traditional uses of the region, light manufacturing, cash crop farming and mining, which did not utilize its full potential compared with present uses, conservation, public work projects and new industries.
NORTH TO KATAHDIN ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
28 M. 1992 VHS Thomas Hogeboom
Unveils the mountains, wildlife, and natural beauty of the world's largest national park: The Appalachian Trail, a 2,000 mile footpath that span the length of the Appalachian mountain chain. This 28 minute film presents the magnificence of the A. T. through the eyes of the seven hikers attempting the ultimate modern day pilgrimage: a journey on foot from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the hauntingly beautiful Mt. Katahdin in north central Maine.
NORTHERN EXPOSURE - "RETURN TO WEST VIRGINIA?"
55 M. 1992 VHS CBS-TV
Cecily, Alaska disc jockey and general philosopher Chris Stevens (played by John Corbett) is arrested for parole violation and faces extradition to his home state of West Virginia. Chris' friends testify to his kindness, helping the defense claim that "this Chris is a different Chris than the one who was arrested for auto theft." Like Chris says, "It's like being at your own funeral..." In real life, Corbett is a 1979 graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic High School.
NOTES ON AN APPALACHIAN COUNTY: VISITING WITH DARLENE
44 M. 1959 Psy. Cinema Theatre
A film made for PBS in a rural area in Northern PA. Darlene, the young mother of four pre-school children talks about her life and her attempts to cope with the problems of the rural poor.
NOTHING TO FEAR - LEGACY OF F.D.R.
52 M. Films, Inc.
Senator Jennings Randolph of WV was in Congress during the birth of FDR's New Deal. He along with other experts and FDR's son discuss the contributions of one of America's greatest presidents. A balanced account, showing both the failures and successes, are presented.
22 M. 1977 Appalshop
Basketmaker, fiddler, and harp player, Oaksie Caudill from Cowan Creek, Letcher County, Ky., Oaksie makes a basket, showing the right way from the selection of the tree to the actual weaving process. His fiddle-playing and harp-playing are also shown.
OLD DRY FRYE
30 M. VHS/16MM Film Ideas
A favorite Appalachian folktale filmed in the beautiful Georgia mountains.A traveling preacher called Old Drye Frye loves home-cooked meals, especially chicken. While enjoying himself at the table of a poor farm couple, he chokes on a wishbone. A comedy of errors results as each family in the community come to feel they have caused the death of Preacher Frye.
OLDEST NEW RIVER
A trip back in time to the early days of the New River Community, Thurmond, West Virginia. Once a large railroad town larger than Cincinnati, Thurmond and the local area was a booming coal mining region. Many of the buildings shown no longer exist. Slowly, the area is slipping into the growing forest.
ON LOCATION WITH FOOL'S PARADE
10 M. 16MM/VHS 1971
Kurt Russell's premier movie role. Jimmy Stewart, Strother Martin, and George Kennedy lived in Moundsville while making Fool's Parade based on Davis Grubb's novel. The film shows the town and the citizens who took part in the filming. Interviews with Jimmy Stewart (who grew up near Pittsburgh) and director McLaglen show why they went on location rather than a use a California setting.
ON OUR OWN LAND
29 M. 1988 VHS Appalshop
The latest episode in the long struggle between Appalachian landowners and strip mining companies with emphasis on how the longform deed is used unjustly against the landowner. Filmed in Kentucky- - the only state which still recognizes the unlimited use of the longform deed.
56 M. VHS Films for the Humanities & Sciences
This 48 Hours television program takes the viewer inside the 1989 United Mine workers strike of the Pittston Coal Company. The meaning and goals of unionism and the realities of strike-breaking are taught by example in this program. LABOR: On Strike; COAL, COAL MINES AND MINING: On Strike; PITTSTON COMPANY: On Strike; DOCUMENTARY FEATURES: On Strike; WEST VIRGINIA: On Strike; UNITED MINE WORKERS OF AMERICA: On Strike.
ON THE TRAIL: AN INTRODUCTION TO TRAIL WALKING
9 M. Lucerne VHS Grades: Intermediate-Adult
From the Outdoor For Everyone Series. Day hiking is a pleasurable activity within reach of everyone, thanks to networks of trails near cities and the existence of trail clubs nationwide. Packed with how-to information on joining hiking clubs, map-reading, and trail maintenance, this program opens new vistas for those who wish to enjoy the invigorating hikes in the woods. Filmed on the Appalachian Trail during the fall season when the area is spectacular in its flaming colors-beautiful as well as informative. HIKING: On the Trail-An Introduction To Trail Walking; TRAILS: On the Trail-An Introduction To Trail Walking; WILDERNESS SURVIVAL: On the Trail-An Introduction To Trail Walking; APPALACHIAN TRAIL: On the Trail-An Introduction To Trail Walking.
28 M. 1991 VHS Appalshop
Documents the American Festival which took place in eastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia in 1988. Includes excerpts of performances by many groups of diverse cultural origins, African, Jewish, Chicano, etc.
75 M. 1923 B&W VHS Facets
Willie McKay (Buster Keaton) travels south in 1831 to claim his inheritance, sharing a compartment on the train with a beautiful stranger who invites him to have dinner with her family. What Willie doesn't know is that his arrival will renew an ancient feud between his family and the Canfields.
OURSELVES AND THAT PROMISE
27 M. 1977 Appalshop
Four contemporary Kentuckians - James Still, Robert Penn Warren, James Criswell and Billy Davis - discuss their artistic work and their relationship to their community. All are writers but Davis, who is a photographer. Davis takes us on a plane trip over Kentucky.
OUT OF DARKNESS: THE MINE WORKERS' STORY
100 M. 1991 VHS
An electrifying documentary by Academy-Award-winning director Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA) and award-winning video director and editor Bill Davis. Historical film footage and photographs are integrated with first-hand accounts of Mine Workers' history and of the recent battle with the Pittston Coal Group. Accompanied by a moving soundtrack created by Tom Juravich, this 100-minute film represents real life stories with a powerful, dramatic touch.
100 M. 1992 VHS Big Pictures Hope Video
An elderly resident of an Appalachian trailer park wakes up one morning with a vision that God will visit the park later that evening and grant all the tenants a wish. The love-hate relationship this memorable group of wonderful characters have with their impoverished existence surfaces, in funny, often bittersweet ways as the effects of floods, unemployment and family strife trigger fantasies of love, wealth, elaborate song and dance numbers and dreams of what's yet to be. Does God make it to the trailer park? Well, one thing's for sure, Life will never be the same in Paradise Park. With original song by: T. Graham Brown, Johnny Paycheck, Razzy Bailey, Larry Groce, Webb Pierce. Starring: Larry Groce, Lina Basquette, Dusty Rhodes, Webb Pierce, Porter Wagner and Johnny Paycheck. FEATURE: Paradise Park; WEST VIRGINIA: Paradise Park; FICTION: Paradise Park; VISIONS: Paradise Park; APPAL.
PARE LORENTZ-FILM FESTIVAL
15 M. VHS 1992 WVLC
Steve Fesenmaier, head of Film Services Division of the West Virginia Library Commission, and William Drennen Jr., Commissioner of WV's Dept. of Culture & History, pay homage to WV's leading filmmaker, Pare Lorentz. Lorentz died in March, 1992. He was born in Clarksburg, WV. in 1905. After attending various WV colleges, he became a NYC film critic and eventually FDR's filmmaker, producing two of the greatest documentaries ever made - THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS and THE RIVER. He was honored at the State Cultural center in 1990 with a lifetime achievement award, given to him by Gov. Caperton. His portrait appears on the cover of the Film Services catalog, The Pickflick Papers 3. Clips of four of his films complete this small but heartfelt tribute to a man who understood both humanity and art.
PATHWAYS TO UNDERSTANDING
20 M. 1970
Daniel Taylor shows the state of educational thinking in West Virginia in the early 1970s as seen by the West Virginia Dept. of Education and schools like George Washington High School and Grandview Elementary.
PAYING FOR PEACE: WAR TAX RESISTANCE IN THE UNITED STATES
30 M. 1996
Producers/Directors: Carol K. Coney and Sandra Fallon.
PEARL S. BUCK
30 M. 1960 Films, Inc.
Nobel Prize winning author of The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck, talks about her childhood in China, points out the differences between western and Oriental living, discusses changes brought under communism, and considers how America can recover the goodwill which has been lost in Asia.
PEARL S. BUCK (AIMS MEDIA)
25 M. 1983 Aims Media
Hugh Downs is the host to this heart-moving biography of native daughter Pearl Buck. Winner of the Nobel Prize and one of America's most popular author, Buck came from West Virginia stock. She grew up in China with her missionary parents. The Good Earth became a best seller and one of the first American novels about China.
PEOPLE OF THE CUMBERLAND
21 M. 1938 M.O.M.A.
Frontier films was the first group of "social documentary" filmmakers in the world. This film about Miles Horton and his Highlander Folk School was created by such well known artists as Erskind Caldwell and Elia Kazan. The poor Cumberland mountaineers of southern Tennessee are the heroes.
90 M. 1995 Orion Rated-PG-13
Directed by Robby Henson. Starring: Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Tyson and Robert Joy. Inspired by a true story as recounted to a folklorist. During the time of the Civil War, in the lonely backwoods of Meshack Creek, Kentucky, a small group of Union soldiers and their captain ride up on horseback to the aging farmhouse of a Confederate woman and her young son, they intend to take nourishment back o the Union camp., But while they're searching the family's home for what they need, one of the soldiers falls and is seriously wounded. Now the Yankees and the small Rebel family are struck together until the wounded man is well enough o travel. Transporting us back to 1862 and to a Civil War battle that took place away from the battlefield-A battle not just of guns, but also of moral conscience and human emotions.
PORTRAIT OF A COAL MINER
15 M. 1980 16MM/VHS National Geographic
Before the recent tragedy in Ferrell No. 17, Madison, Boone County, filmmakers for National Geographics new series, Community Life In America made a film on the Marcum family. Besides working as a shift manager Tom Marcum and family enjoy fishing and camping. Basic facts about coal mining are shown along with the lifestyle of coalmining families in WV.
PORTRAIT OF A UNIVERSITY
20 M. 1972 WVU
This film, produced by West Virginia University, presents a look at the educational, social and community resources available at WVU in Morgantown.
PORTRAIT OF WEST VIRGINIA
60 M. 1989 VHS WTBS-TV
Descriptive travel through the Mountain State. Shows businesses and industry throughout the state.
POTOMAC HIGHLANDS OF WV
A visit through the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. Breathtaking views of Spruce knob, the highest point of the state. The Fairfax Stone, the dividing point of WV. and Maryland, contrast with scenes of whitewater kayaking along some of the best water in the East. Canaan Valley and Snowshoe skiers whiz down well-groomed slopes. The Mittinger House is shown complete with a craftsman. The Cass Railroad plugs along the ridge. Majorettes shimmy at the Elkins Forest Festival and the annual Woodchopper's contest is held at Webster Springs. Ends with fisherman fishing for golden trout, and thinking about hunting wild turkey.
38 M. 1992 VHS Stillwater Productions
This video is an admirable attempt to present an overview of the prehistory of the Ohio river valley for a general audience. A broad, but archaeologically sound, script is well presented and well edited. It suffers somewhat in production qualities, such as sound and lighting. Some obvious flaws, such as hand held camera shots, were few and not terribly distracting. The most interesting scenes were taken on location at "Sun Watch," an archaeological park where a Fort Ancient village has been reconstructed. Though it concentrates on only a few Ohio sites, it could easily be describing any of the multitude of sites that extend all along the Ohio watershed into West Virginia.
PRESIDENT CLINTON VISITS CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA
40 M. 1993 VHS WCHS-TV 8
President Clinton came to the state capitol of WV to celebrate the signing of his budget for1993-94. He came on August 9, 1993. Hundreds of West Virginians and most of WV's political leaders were there to hear his presentation.
PRESIDENTIAL VISIT - 1996
240 M. 1996 WSAZ-TV
Live campaign coverage from WSAZ-TV on President Clinton's campaign stop in Huntington, WV. Speeches by Senator Jay Rockefeller and Democratic-elect for governor, Charlotte Pritt.
PRINCE OF PIES: SOUPY SALES
50 M. 1994 A&E
In Interviews and clips from some of his earliest shows, this biography shows you how Soupy Sales, a native of Huntington, West Virginia, taught the world to laugh in spite of itself. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Soupy Sales-Prince of Pies; COMEDIANS: Soupy Sales-Prince of Pies; SALES, SOUPY: Soupy Sales-Prince of Pies.
PROJECT EDUCATION - WHAT'S BEING DONE IN WV?
63 M. 1991 VHS WNPB-TV
President Bush endorsed six basic goals for American education - to be achieved by the year 2000. This tape shows how WV. is working to achieve these goals.
87 M. 1985 VHS MCA Home Video
Filmed on location in Harpers Ferry, WV, Mark Twain's tale exploring the issues of slavery, mother/son relationships, justice and the many shapes of human folly. Tony Award-winning actor Ken Howard stars as a lawyer with an usual sense of humor and Lise Hilbodt co-stars as Roxy, a mulatto slave.
28 M. 1976 VHS/16MM Appalshop
An affectionate appreciation of the quilting art and the countless women who practice it. Photographs of past artisans are included in this film celebrating the vast array of beautifully intricate patterns.
134 M. 1988 16M/VHS Swank&Facets
Best Picture of 1988! Staring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in this 4 Academy Award winning film. Dustin Hoffman portrays Raymond, an autistic savant living in world devoid of normal perception. Discovering Raymond in an institution, his brother Charlie (Tom Cruise) abducts him in a last-ditch attempt to extort his "fair share" of the family estate. What begins as an unsentimental journey across the country evolves into a mystical odyssey of love and self-revelations. Raymond forces Charlie to grow beyond the limits of his own handicapped heart.
RAMSEY TRADE FAIR
20 M. 1974 Appalshop
Presents a close look at the art of trading and at the traders themselves. Shows that the Ramsey Trade Fair is more of a social event than a business venture, with music and preaching and people coming to meet each other.
READY FOR HARVEST: CLEARCUTTING IN THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS
28 M. 1993 VHS Appalshop
Beginning in the late 1800s, and continuing into the early decades of the 20th century, forests in the Southern Appalachian Mountains were extensively logged. Since that time, the forests have grown back and matured. The documentary looks at forest issues through the experiences of the Western North Carolina Alliance.
RECREATIONAL RESOURCES - STATE PARKS IN WV.
14 M. 1930s WPA VHS
Professor Larry Sypolt at West Virginia University Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology requested WVLC-Film Services to ask the National Archives to transfer a film made by the WPA and National Park Service in the 1930s. During the summer of 1996, this was done. The film shows various state parks, The Greenbrier, the Capitol, and other so-called "recreational resources." PARKS & RECREATION (WV): Recreational Resources-State Parks In WV; WEST VIRGINIA: Recreational Resources-State Parks In WV; TRAVELOGUE: Recreational Resources-State Parks In WV; RECREATIONAL RESOURCES (WV): Recreational Resources-State Parks In WV.
RED FOX/SECOND HANGIN'
90 M. 1984 VHS Appalshop
A video version of Roadside Theater's highly acclaimed play. Red Fox/Second Hangin' is the story of M.B. "Doc" Taylor called "the Red Fox" - a red-headed, red-bearded highly popular preacher, doctor, philosopher, mystic, and U.S. Marshall. His execution, the second in the history of Wise County, Virginia, followed that of a local troublemaker. Both had been implicated in murders from a feud that begun during the Civil War. The hangings kicked off a law-and-order campaign that Northern speculators considered essential to expanding their coal mining operations in turn-of-the-century Appalachia. On-stage, Roadside Theater recount this historical tale, adopting different voices and personae, and weaving economic and political tensions into a family saga. This program was recorded before an audience in Carcassonne, Kentucky.
RED, WHITE AND BLUEGRASS
27 M. 1974 Time-Life
This documentary concerns the heartland of America and its bluegrass music. Includes famous singers of bluegrass music-the Little Family of North Carolina, Lost John, the Brushy Mountain Boys and the Gritty Band.
REPORT ON C.O.R.A.
30 M. National Council of Churches of Christ
The Commission on Religion in Appalachia (CORA) is a combination of religions and groups that are bringing a multi-faceted ministry to Appalachian people. The film shows its activities to help the people in one West Virginia community where residents lacked knowledge of welfare rights and were victims of the strip mining system.
RETURN TO APPALACHIA
28 M. 1983 Constance Marks
Three sisters in Whitesville, Raleigh County, tell of their life and struggles in West Virginia. Each of the Fisher sisters, who together compose a family of women, has a particular and unique attitude toward what it means to be a woman in rural WV. today. One sister left the state to attend college. Taken together, they represent the range between the most traditional and most cosmopolitan roles in which the modern Appalachian women find themselves.
RETURN TO THE BRIDGE AT REMAGEN
9 M. VHS/16MM 1968
Interviews by Ken Hechler, technical advisor for the full length motion picture BRIDGE AT REMAGEN, with George Segal, Ben Gazzarra, Robert Vaughn and producer David Wolper. Filmed in Dalvi, Czechoslovakia, August 1968. Based on the best selling novel by military historian and advisor to President Harry S. Truman.
RIVER CALLED OHIO, A
55 M. 1995 WPBY-TV
A historic and poetic profile of a great American river. Combines fact and folklore, fine art, archival materials, and in-person interviews. Books, diaries, journals and newspaper articles offer glimpses of generations past, create images of the people: how they felt, lived, worked and played. Archival film resurrects the terror and destruction left by raging flood waters. Taken from steamboat captains like Fred Way, seal the bond between River and man-a marriage that opened the West, influenced life and cultural behavior, settled a nation and spawned an industrial empire. The program travels through time down the 981-mile length of the river from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the Ohio begins as a full grown river at the confluence of the Allegheny and the Monongahela Rivers, to Cairo, Illinois, where it merges with the Mississippi. Along its banks are some of the best farmlands in America as well as rich deposits of coal, petroleum and natural gas. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: A River Called Ohio; OHIO RIVER: A River Called Ohio; RIVERS: A River Called Ohio.
RIVER CALLING: FLATBOAT TO TOWBOAT (58:30 M.) + RIDIN' THE RIVER ON A FLATBOAT (5 M.)
58:30 M. VHS TV Image
Traces the traditions of the working river from the flatboat of earliest commerce to the most modern diesel towboats. A trip on a modern towboat with scenes of the crew at work, interviews commenting on traditions, storytelling; narration by river veteran Captain James Coomer. Towboat featured: William F. Plettner, Midland Guardian Co. (Cin'ti), Captain and crew from WP, as of 1986. Some of the historic steamboats in black&white films or stills: Klondike, Island Queen, Kate Adams. Interviews: Capt. Fred Way, Capt. Clare Carpenter, and Capt. Russel Lucas. RIDIN' THE RIVER: Fog swirls around the Spirit of Kanawha (kuh-NAW-uh). Béla Berty piloted the boat down the Ohio River and its branches from April to October in 1988. Here Berty holds a tin horn used to warn other boats of his approach. Come aboard for an adventure 200 years old.
28 M, 1967 Carousel
In 1925, Mary Breckinridge founded Frontier Nursing Service. This film tells the story of their history and dedication the day-to-day struggle to provide medical care to the citizens of Eastern Kentucky.
28 M. 1992 VHS Appalshop
Looks at the consequences of automation in the coal mining industry in eastern Kentucky: severely reduced wages, chronic unemployment, families divided by out-migration and in 1961 and 62, the cancellation of union health insurance benefits the threatened closing of the UMWA hospitals. All this stimulated President Johnson's interest in creating the "War on Poverty."
SEE YOURSELF IN THE MOVIES: CHARLES TOWN, WV., 1941
60 M. 1990 VHS James Surkamp
Using a promotional film made by the town's Lion's Club in 1941, this film recreates daily life in a small upper Southern town just before World War II changed our whole way of thinking, just before we learned words like "atom bomb" and "Holocaust." A list is enclosed identifying 576 names of persons shown in the video, an invaluable documentary source of local history.
24 M. 1975 16MM/VHS NAVA
As documented for the Historical American Engineering Record, this film recaptures the production of early hand-blown glassware at Seneca Glass in Morgantown, WV. Award-winning film.
120 M. 1965 VHS Universal
The Civil War has been an occasional rifle shot distantly heard on 500 acres of good rich dirt in Virginia farm country. The autocratic widowed owner, Charlie (Stewart), maintains that the conflict between the states does not concern his large household. Charlie is a man of conviction and fortitude and has never had a slave and he feels justifiable pride in the fact that he and his well-disciplined, devoted family have worked long and hard for everything they own. He refuses to take sides with either Army. The war becomes real to them when the youngest of his six strapping sons, Boy (Phillip Alford), wears a Confederate cap he has found and is captured by Yankee troops. He is only spared from death by his former playmate, a freed slave. With four of his sons and his daughter, Charlie goes searching for him,. The family's isolation is over as they are drawn deeper and deeper into the conflict. They endure separation, fear and death and share the violence and sorrows of the war. Charlie and the remaining members of the family return home without Boy and ride off for Sunday services at the village church. The lost son hobbles in on makeshift crutches and the family is reunited, but still wondering about the futility of war. Stars: Jimmy Stewart, Rosemary Forsyth, Katharine Ross, Phillip Alford, James McMullan, Glen Corbett, Tim McIntire, Patrick Wayne and Charles Robinson.
SHELTER IN PLACE
13 M. 1991 VHS National Institute for Chemical Studies
During the 1950s Americans were taught to "duck and cover," hoping to avoid the immediate effects of a nuclear attack. Now, in the post-Cold War Era, Americans are much more likely to face the effects of a chemical leak, either from a local plant, or from some vehicle carrying the chemical. This program shows a family how to protect themselves at home, given a proper warning. It shows what supplies you must have to properly seal your home's doors and windows.
SHEPHERDSTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA - SEPTEMBER, 1921
30 M. 1994 VHS James Surkamp
Recreates the daily life and ambiance of a month at a time when the automobile was hitting small town life. (Subtitled: Even the Gypsies Had Cars!)
8 M. 1982 William Simonett
A portrait of shoe manufacturing process and the people who work at Brooks Shoe Factory in Nelsonville, Ohio. A timeless journey through an unchanged 19th century manufacturing plant in Appalachia.
28 M. 1990 VHS Cambridge
Directed by West Virginia filmmaker Kyle Boyd. The railroad tunnel under New York City Northside Park has long provided refuge to a hidden community of homeless men. In SIDE TRACKS, some of these men come out from below the park's flower beds to tell their stories. Bernard, a five year resident, is articulate and proud, but overwhelmed by quiet desperation. Bobby is more practical, assuming the tasks of collecting bottles and salvaging food thrown out by supermarkets. Theodore, who lost a nearby apartment, and David speak lightly of the sense of community in the tunnel, but all fear their uncertain futures. Startling in its candidates, SIDE TRACKS provides a provocative and unusual insight into the lives of this community of intelligent but - until now - invisible men. Winner of: * Jury Citation, 1992 Black Mariah Film Festival *Finalist, 1991 American Film & Video Festival *First Place, 1991 Dore Schary Awards for Human Relations.
SILENT HEART, THE
60 M. 1992 VHS Silent Heart Production
A video documentary by Susan Pointon and Tommie Dell Smith. Alumnae tell tales of life at DeSales Heights Academy of the Visitation and of the contemplative order of sisters who taught the children of the area and boarding students from all over the country and world. Chronicles the end of the school and convent-the sale of the building, and the end of an era in the history of Parkersburg, WV. The demise of this school mirrors a great crisis in the Roman Catholic church. When these sisters "took the veil" it was unthinkable that a new generation of young nuns would not join the order and take their turn in lives of service and caring for the elderly sisters.
SISYPHUS WAS A GOOD OLD BOY
9 M. 1980 B&W Christopher Orr
Glenville State College is the setting for this Brechtian exercise in theater and filmmaking. The viewer is invited to participate rather than just watch. The classical story of Sisyphus is given a modern interpretation.
95 M. 1995 No Place Like Home Prod.
Top "Rock and Roll" acts live and in person! Nearly two hours of musical mayhem from the first Sleaze Fest, a two-day barrage of bands, barbecues, B-movies, and beer! Featuring vintage performances by: Southern Culture, On the Skids, Hasil Adkins, Hillbilly Frankenstein, The Woggles, The Subsonics, Dexter Romweber, The Bassholes, Family Dollar, Pharrohs, Chrome Daddy Disco and The Strychnines!
SMALL BUSINESS MY WAY
28 M. 1982 Central WV Media Arts
Buckhannon filmmaker Peter Griesinger (Almost Heaven: Grafton, WV.) returns to Central WV to present a slice of life - small business life. The introduction is provided by A. James Manchin. Nine resourceful business people celebrate their life and their small businesses.
SO WAS EINSTEIN: A LOOK AT DYSLEXIC CHILDREN
29 M. 1988 VHS Appalshop
Focuses on four elementary and high school students with dyslexia, a learning disorder. Families and children both describe the guilt, frustration and misunderstanding which often comes with having dyslexia and the hope and increased self-esteem that comes through hard work, sensitive programs and caring personnel.
40 M. VHS/16MM Tom Davenport Ages: 8-Adult
From the Brothers Grimm series. Adapted from an Appalachian Jack Tale set in the late 1940s, this tale follows a World War II veteran named Jack who, in return for an act of kindness, receives two magical gifts: a sack that can catch anything and a jar that can show whether a sick person will recover or die. Soldier Jack becomes a national hero when he rescues the President's daughter from a serious illness by capturing Death in his magic sack. After many years without Death in the world, Jack releases Death to save humankind from perpetual old age and misery. An excellent discussion-starter on living, aging, and dying.
11 M. 1983 16MM/VHS Boyd & Hogan
Charleston filmmakers Danny Boyd and Bill Hogan along with Gene Dubey created an original tale of lost love and reunion. Using well-done make-up and special effects, this elegy uses images rather than words to reveal a moment in the TWILIGHT ZONE.
SOURWOOD MOUNTAIN DULCIMER
28 M. 16MM/VHS
Combining their common interest in regional music, their individual ability to play and make various instruments, and their distinctive music styles, two men sit among rough-hewn shacks and rampant summer greenery exploring the traditions of southern folk music.
SOUTHERN SEX, THE
29 M. 1992 VHS Filmakers Library
Becoming a woman in Kentucky takes more than lipstick and wedding vows. The Southern Sex takes a close look at the reality behind the stereotypes and myths of the Southern belle and coal miner's daughter as twelve Kentucky women share their intimate thoughts on love, marriage, and the pursuit of happiness. A film about women made by women.
SPLIT CHERRY TREE
26 M. 1982 VHS/16MM LCA
Based on a short story by Jesse Stuart, nominated for an Academy Award. Set in Appalachia, David, the first member of the family to go to high school, accidentally breaks a limb off a cherry tree. He is made to stay after school to pay for the tree. His father, with a gun, is going to teach the teacher a lesson - but instead, is taught the importance of education.
SPROUT WINGS AND FLY
30 M. 1982 16MM/VHS Flower Films
A touching tribute by Les Blank to Appalachian culture in the form of a profile on legendary mountain fiddler, Tommy Jarrell. Jarrell was raised on the southern slope of the Blue Mountains of Surry County, N.C. At the turn of the century, the Jarrell home was a social center for music, stories and good whiskey. Born in 1901, he received the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts which honored him at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on July 4, 1982.
90 M. 1925 VHS/16MM Paramount Eastman House
The Ohio River Town of New Martinsville, WV is the setting for this classic comedy starring Gloria Swanson and directed by one of the pioneers of American Film, Allan Dwan. Swanson plays Jennie Hagen, a waitress in a diner, who is in love with the cook. The cook meets a showboat lady. The two ladies end up in a boxing match worthy of Buster Keaton! Swanson was one of the leading ladies of the silent film era, her masterpiece being QUEEN KELLY.
STATEWIDE - 3 PROGRAMS
120 M+ 1988 VHS WV Public TV
Host Martin Buchsbaum takes us into the world of the recent Mingo County corruption case, interviews Beckley education critic Dr. John Cannell and profiles Breece Pancake, a Milton resident who wrote some of the best stories about life in contemporary Appalachia.
STEP BACK CINDY
28 M. 10991 VHS Appalshop
Presents traditional dance in the mountains as fluid and changing, but with its own unique character. Locations visited include Fancy Gap, Dante and Chilhowie, Virginia. Dances include square dancing without callers, flatfoot and cake walk. Shows how the socializing aspect of folk dance can be valuable to the community. Appropriate for classes in dance, folklore, anthropology and rural sociology.
STONEY KNOWS HOW
30 M. 1981 16MM/VHS Alan Governor NOTE: Rough language.
West Virginia Stoney St. Clair tells his life story, beginning with leaving home when he was 15 and joining the Cole Brothers Circus as a sword swallower. A year later he met a tattoo artist who taught him the trade. From that day on Stoney is shown in his Columbus, Ohio tattoo shop.
STORY OF ENGLISH - THE GUID SCOTS TONGUE
55 M. 1986 VHS Films, Inc.
Since World War II, the accent used in country music has become world famous. Originally it comes from Scotland to Appalachia. The Scots-Irish spread the language and the ways of their native land worldwide. Part of a lengthy PBS series on the English language around the world.
STRANGEST DREAMS/INVASION OF THE SPACE PREACHERS
SEE: INVASION OF THE SPACE PREACHERS
STRANGERS AND KIN
58 M. 1983 16MM/VHS Appalshop
A lively and informative exploration of the images depicting, and often afflicting, the people of Appalachia from colonial times to the present. Hollywood film clips, network TV shows, readings of literature and dramatic sketches and interviews show the evolution of the stereotypes which have been used to exploit the people and their land. A modern banker is shown as one contemporary reality.
STRIPMINING: ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMICS
55 M. Appalshop
The most comprehensive film available on the problems of strip mining. Interviews with people on both sides of the holy war: as well as government officials who have to look at both sides. Centers on the people of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Problem of conflict between short term profit and long term ecological damage.
STRIPMINING IN APPALACHIA
25 M. B&W 1973 Appalshop
Shows the beauty of the mountains, the humanity of the people, and the attitudes of the strip mine operators. A local biologist with the aid of aerial photography explains what strip mining does to the land.
STRUGGLE OF COON BRANCH MOUNTAIN
13 M. B&W VHS/16MM Appalshop
In their efforts to better their children's education, the residents of this small West Virginia community found themselves face to face with an unfeeling, bureaucratic political structure. The film documents their fight for a better road and decent schools, an effort that includes organizing the community, setting up their own school, and finally a march on the governor's office. The film ends with a partial victory and determination to continue the struggle. It will be of interest to community organizers, as well as students of education, public policy, and rural issues. WEST VIRGINIA: Struggle of Coon Branch Mountain; EDUCATION IN WEST VIRGINIA: Struggle of Coon Branch Mountain; ROAD MAINTENANCE IN WEST VIRGINIA: Struggle of Coon Branch Mountain.
STRUGGLES IN STEEL - A STORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN STEELWORKERS
80 M. B&W 1995 Braddock
Ray Henderson was outraged when a local television station did a program about the closing of a major steel mill in Duquesne, outside of Pittsburgh. Henderson worked for 18 years at the mill, was angry that the images and voices of a significant group of workers were absent. No blacks appeared on the program, even though African-American workers had formed a critical part of the labor force in western Pennsylvania for 125 years. Henderson approached his former white high school friend, Tony Buba, now a noted independent filmmaker to collaborate on a history to recognize the contribution of blacks to not only the steel industry but the development of solidarity itself. Though eloquent living witnesses and revelatory archival footage, it sets straight the hard and enduring record of blacks in American labor. LABOR: Struggles In Steel; DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Struggles In Steel; INDUSTRY CLOSINGS: Struggles In Steel; AFRO-AMERICANS: Struggles In Steel; STEEL INDUSTRY: Struggles In Steel; DISCRIMINATION (Job): Struggles In Steel; UNION WORKERS: Struggles In Steel; FILMMAKING: Struggles In Steel.
3.25 M. Omni Productions
With a hand-held, double-regular 8 movie camera, Bob Gates chronicled some of his summer fun in 1990. Primarily focusing on Key West (and there are some naked people swimming in WV. in double exposed images). By NOT slitting the film and shooting the second side of each reel UP SIDE DOWN, the filmmaker created a 16mm movie in 4 quadrants, one side running forward in time, the other side running backward.
SUMMER SMILES 1987
18.5 M. 1987(1995) VHS Omni Productions
In 1987 WV filmmaker Robert Gates shot a Super-8 movie about the Baber Mountain Poetry Read & Ramp Feed (Bob Henry Baber). It shows various events that took place including digging a garden, playing volleyball and just messing around. One of the stars is Bob Snyder (1937-1995), a native of WV. and once one of WV's leading intellectuals. PREVIEW!
111 M. 1985 VHS
This powerful, true story of legendary Country&Western singer Patsy Cline. Sweet Dreams chronicles her rise to fame and her passionate and stormy marriage to Charlie Dick (Ed Harris, Places in the Heart, Right Stuff, Alamo Bay). Partially filmed in Martinsburg, WV. Cast: Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth. Rated: PG-13.
90 M. 1988 VHS Mike Seeger/Ruth Pershing
This is the first documentary to be produced featuring flatfoot, buck, hoedown and rural tap dancing, the styles of solo Southern dancing which are a companion to old-time music and on which modern clog dancing was based. Shows Phoebe Parsons from Calhoun county and other West Virginians. Dances are done to hand-patting, talking blues, singing, old-time bluegrass and Western swing style of music.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR 1995 - MAKING A DIFFERENCE
30 M. 1995 VHA WSWP-TV
West Virginia's 1995 Teacher of the Year is Ritchie County's Germaine Umstead. Born and raised in Ritchie County, she has been a teacher there for 19 years. She is currently teaching seventh grade math at the brand new Ritchie County Middle School. Features Germaine Umstead at work in the classroom, highlighting her techniques and her dedication. Umstead describes the new middle school as "living proof" of West Virginia's renewed efforts to progress in the fields of education.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR 1994 -ART OF TEACHING:
30 M. 1994 VHS WSWP-TV
Jerry D. Stover, an art and speech teacher at Clay County High School, was selected from a statewide field of 45 candidates as WV's 1994 Teacher of the year. Stover is a 25-year teaching veteran and has a keen interest in historical preservation. In conjunction with his art cultures classes Stover has developed a publication called "Hickory and Ladyslippers - Life and Legend of the Clay County People." Includes testimony from children who learned far ore than art just art concepts from their teacher, see the Teacher of the Year interact with his students in the classroom and hear his philosophies on teaching and life. TEACHING: Teacher of the Year 1994; WEST VIRGINIA: Teacher of the Year 1994; CLAY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: Teacher of the Year 1994; ART: Teacher of the Year 1994; TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS: Teacher of the Year 1994; SPEECH: Teacher of the Year 1994.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR 1993 - CHILDREN: THE LIVING MESSAGE
30 M. 1993 VHS WSWP-TV
Debbie Seldomridge, a dynamic teacher of geometry and pre-calculus at Keyser High School in Mineral County and has been recognized locally, statewide and nationally for her excellence in mathematics education is West Virginia's 1993 Teacher of the Year. Debbie was named a 1989 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Training and a 1991 recipient of the Tandy Technology Scholar Award. She has authored two textbooks, "Problem-Solving Experiences in Geometry" and "The Wild Wonderful World of Outdoor Mathematics." This program focuses on Debbie's passion for mathematics and follows her through the hectic-paced schedule of professional and personal commitments. Through out, Debbie provides motivating, supportive, challenging, and thought-provoking commentary.
67 M. 1964 VHS. Something Weird
Directed by Bill Posner; producer and screenwriter Clark Davis. Filmed on location in Huntington, WV. The following is part of a review by Mike Weldon, editor of Psychotronic Video #7-Fall 1990: "I love obscure early 60s regional movies like this! A mystery "lipstick" killer is strangling schoolgirls with stockings in the Huntington, West Virginia area (where this marvel was filmed). Some of the characters are straight out of REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, but with Southern accents. Jimmy, a member of the Fastbacks, a pretty harmless "gang" (they wear black jackets with bulldogs on the backs) is a suspect. He stands up for a guy everybody calls Runt, and has a girlfriend named Betty Jean. His family had to relocate because of his police record (he had covered for his nervous little brother, Mikey, the real culprit). Jimmy even has a drag race with Curley, the gang's tough guy. Kids do the twist and drink pop at Marty's where Betty Gay (not Betty Jean) announces, "Fellow citizens and lovers of good music - For those of you that pledge allegiance to Peter, Paul and Mary...The Beatles...The Teen Queens...Paul Anka, and The Chad Mitchell Trio..." and some guy (who used to be in The Astronauts) sings "Yipes Stripes". Despite Betty Gay's horrifying list, the instrumental rock on the soundtrack (by Danny Dean And The Daredevils) is fine..."
TELL ME A STORY - CHUCK LARKIN
30 M. 1986 VHS Kartes Video Communications
Chuck Larkin crosses all age, ethnic and cultural barriers effortlessly with his down-home delivery of preposterously fun tales and outrageous one-liner stories. His award-winning participation in Toastmasters got him started in storytelling, his profession since 1970, and he's been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival. He's also a musician, often using a musical saw, a tenor banjo or a Jaw Harp to tune up his performance. Stories included: It Was So Cold. . . Frozen Snakes as Fence Posts The Musical Saw... It Was So Hot. . . Brother Possum, Brother Snake & Sister Rabbit.
TELL ME A STORY - LYNN RUBRIGHT
30 M. 1986 VHS Kartes Video Communications
Lynn Rubright is both an educator and a storyteller. She has worked as a classroom teacher, and college level instructor and administrator. She also co-founded the Metro Theater Circus, an award-winning children's theater company, and coordinated Project TELL, a federally funded program designed to teach English skills through the ancient art of storytelling. Stories included: How Woodpeckers Came To Be and Six Wishes.
TELL ME A STORY - MICHAEL "BADLAIR" WILLIAMS
30 M. 1986 VHS Kartes Video Communications
Michael "Badlair" Williams has performed everywhere from the rural areas of Appalachia to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., telling tall tales and stories from American folklore. To watch him spin one of his yarns about Wicked John, Old One-Eye, or any of his several dozen characters, is known that you're watching a maestro at work. "Badlair" is a natural storyteller with a unique ability to mesmerize his audience, no matter what their age. Stories included: Muts Mag, Old One-Eye, Turkey In the Straw.
TELL ME A STORY - MICHAEL "BADLAIR" WILLIAMS
30 M. 1986 VHS Kartes Video Communications
This volume from the Tell Me A Story video series features one of America's leading professional storytellers, Michael "Badlair" Williams. This is a program designed not only to entertain but to stimulate the creative and imaginative powers of its young viewers. Stories included: Wicked John and Soap, Soap, Soap.
TEN MILES TO FETCH WATER
29 M. 1989 VHS Assymmetry Prod.
The southern coalfields of WV are known for labor struggles. They also have some of the worst water problems in the nations. Abandoned by the coal companies that built them, these small communities face problems different from urban centers. Most lack the resources to keep up their water systems.
THERE'S COAL IN THEM THAR' HILLS
20 M. 1976 Time-Life
Examines strip mining in Montana in relationship to today's energy crisis and the plights of food producers. Shows that surface and mineral rights sold separately for the same piece of land can be disastrous to the ranchers there.
THEY PASSED THIS WAY: HISTORY OF HORSE RACING IN JEFFERSON COUNTY
21 M. 1988 VHS James Surkamp
Funded in part by a grant to the Jefferson County Oral and Visual Association. Captures the infectious spirit of the horse culture from the days when George Washington's brothers, Charles and Samuel, raced horses in Jefferson County, tracing the love of the Virginia quarter horses up to the establishment at the bottom Depression in the 1930s of the Charles Town Race Track by A. J. Boyle; then following its fortunes up to 1980. An objective account of a passion and hobby with roots deep in the past of the South.
THOSE WHO KNOW DON'T TELL: THE ON GOING BATTLE FOR WORKERS' HEALTH
29 M. 1993 VHS Filmmakers Library
Narrated by Stud Terkel. This lively, significant documentary traces the history of the struggle to rid the workplace of occupational hazards. Using archival footage, union songs and interviews, it tells its story both from the point of view of the labor activists and those within the medical profession who became their advocates. All too often, company spokesman where covering up the facts. Through tragedies, unions and workers began effective organizing for occupational safety. Their efforts expanded to dangers in coal mines, nuclear facilities, grape fields, clerical workplaces and Silicon Valley. This powerful discussion starter should be shown in courses dealing with labor, American history, community medicine and public health. It should be seen by unions, environmentalists, and the general public.
76 M. 1954 16MM/VHS Films, Inc.
Robert Mitchum stars as a Korean War vet who must prove that he's as good at driving moonshine from Harlan County to Memphis as he was before the war. Great black and white images, jazz singers and hillbillies. Son Jim Mitchum stars as Robert's brother. The model for many similar films, but this is the original!
TODD: GROWING UP IN APPALACHIA
12 M. 1970 LCA
Presents the life of an Appalachian mountain family whose father was forced out of the mines dues to illness. Todd, the young son, finds some government food stamps and realizes the opportunity for a better dinner for the family, but he knows the stamps could belong to a family who needs them worse and turns them in to be returned.
120 M. 1921 B&W SILENT VHS/16MM M.O.M.A.
One of the finest films of the silent era. Directed by Henry King. Filmed on location in Appalachian Virginia - Bluegrass (Near Pocahontas County). Explicit references to West Virginia including the "Hatburn Clan." Combines the Biblical tale of David with the family feud story. Starring David Barthelmess of BROKEN BLOSSOMS fame.
25 M. 1973 Appalshop
Presents mountain music - a sight and sound experience of mountain culture without narration. Includes a visual montage of old-time photographs accompanied by a dulcimer to a square dance in a one room school house high on a mountain in Kentucky.
20 M. William Simonette
A historical film about the former center of Parkersburg life, showing the grace and beauty of a building that held memories for local residents.
20 M. 1974 16MM/VHS Appalshop
A moonshiner tells what it's like to have been "sent up" four times for making liquor, while IRS agents talk about tracking down stills and arresting moonshiners. Shows that moonshining is regarded as one of the strongest traditions in the mountains.
TRAINS THAT PASSED IN THE NIGHT: O. WINSTON LINK
55 M. 1992 VHS PBS
O. Winston Link, America's great photographer of the steam engine loved trains so much he bought one and spent 30 years restoring it to its former majesty. He was even married in a railway shed. Photographing trains was more than a hobby for him-it was an obsession. In January 1955, Link took his first night photograph of the Norfolk & Western (the very last steam line in America). He continued creating images of steam trains whenever possible for the next five years, until steam died in 1960. No one saw these images until 1984. The documentary, part of which was filmed in W.Va., travels along the old tracks, revisiting the scenes of the photographs and meeting the people Link captured on film over 30 years ago.
38 M. 1982 UMWA
This is the official film history of the UMWA. Former union president Sam Church introduces this look at one of America's most important labor unions.
56 M. 1990 VHS/16MM California Newsreel
Part I looks for the origins of present-day racism in the history of Corbin, Kentucky, a seemingly typical American small city. During World War I, many black sharecroppers migrated to the cities for better-paying jobs. 200 came to Corbin to work the railroad. But when whites returned from the war, economic competition heated up. One dark October night in 1919, an armed mob locked the black workers into box cars, beat many, and then "railroaded" them out of town. Interviews with eyewitnesses to that night, scholars, news photos, newsreel clips and scenes from THE BIRTH OF A NATION reconstruct events in Corbin and place them within the socio-economic context of the time. Part II explores how many whites still deny the history of racism in America while retaining their prejudices in more subtle form. Beautifully shot and scored, TROUBLE BEHIND evokes racial attitudes painfully common to many mostly-white towns and suburbs across America, making it crucial to campus multicultural awareness programs. It will also help students in American History, Sociology, African-American Studies, and American Studies better understand how racism is passed down, one generation to the next.
TRUE FACTS...IN A COUNTRY SONG
28 M. 1979 Burt/Chadwick
A rare look at the life of a West Virginia music family. The Lilly Brothers found fame in Boston and Japan, returning to West Virginia after a son's death. The true facts of an Appalachian family are revealed in their songs, including "Hide You in the Blood of Jesus," "Sailor Boy," "Come Early Morning," "Sitting on Top of the World," "We Shall Meet Again," "Gathering Shells From the Seashore" and "What Will I Leave Behind."
TURN FOR THE BEST, A
30 M. 1981 A.R.C.
Towns throughout Appalachia have been facing layoffs as a result of industry leaving. One chief cause of corporations deciding to pull out of the area has been poor labor-management relations. An innovative and apparently successful approach to the problem has been tried in New Cumberland, Maryland, used here as the case in point.
UMWA 1970: A HOUSE DIVIDED
15 M. 1971 B&W Appalshop
Presents a portrait of W. A. (Tony) Boyle filmed two years before he lost power. Includes parts of is speeches along with statements from dissident miners and exposes the weaknesses of the union under Boyle's leadership.
U.S. GEOGRAPHY FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA: SOUTHEAST REGION
20 M. 1996 Altschul
Southeast Region - Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia & Florida. Viewers learn of the region's rich history, from early settlers through Civil war, to the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement. The way in which a primarily agrarian economy changed to one of diversified manufacturing service and communications is detailed. Shows how the land, climate, history and culture have shaped the people and the states in the Southeast Region. UNITED STATES GEOGRAPHY: U.S. Geography From Sea To Shining Sea; SOUTHEAST REGION: U.S. Geography From Sea To Shining Sea; TRAVELOGUE: U.S. Geography From Sea To Shining Sea.
UNBROKEN TRADITION: JERRY BROWN POTTERY
28 m. 1989 16MM/VHS Appalshop
A biography of traditional potter Jerry Brown of Hamilton, Alabama, Jerry is the ninth generation of Browns to sit behind the potter's wheel and turn out by hand churns, jugs, pitchers, pots, and bowls sturdy enough to survive everything from a mule's kick to a microwave oven. This film follows Brown as he digs the clay, prepares it for the wheel, and fires it in his own kiln. Along the way, Jerry tells how he left a career in logging for pottery, discloses tricks of the potter's trade, and talks about how pottery has shaped the life of his family. Remarkable for its use of music and lush colors, this film is a moving portrait of a remarkable craftsman as well as a great showcase of Jerry's pottery.
UNCOVERING THE COVERED BRIDGES PART 1 & 2
60 M. 1993 VHS WSWP-TV
PART I - The history of the covered bridge from its origins in China and Europe to the transfer of such technology to America. Through an interview with Dr. Emory Kemp, one of the country's foremost authorities on historic bridge technology, we will learn about the engineering design behind these complicated truss systems and look at the examples still standing in West Virginia. PART 2 - Starts at the Civil War in the Virginias and the effect this war had on the covered bridges, starting with the Battle of Philippi and ending at the decline of the covered bridge in the late 19th century. We will then take a specific look at the history and current status of the 17 bridges in WV., and 8 bridges in Va. that are still standing.
UNSINKABLE DELTA QUEEN
60 M. 1988 VHS Delaney Communications
The Delta Queen is one of the great paddlewheelers still traveling the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. She was built in Scotland and launched originally in California. She's been located in Cincinnati for the last 40 years. People from all over have fought to keep her afloat!
16 M. 1983 National Geographic
West Virginia is one of the states which make up a region of America known as "Upper South." With roots extending back to America's first permanent settlement, it is a region rich in history and tradition. Other states explored are: Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. The Appalachian mountains, the Piedmont and the coastal plain are the three district areas.
28 M. 1970 Stuart Finley
Shows water quality management programs being practiced on a daily basis along the Ohio River. Compares what the water was like in 1960 to today.
VALLEY OF DARKNESS
20 M. 1970 16MM/VHS Films, Inc.
NBC took a look at the Farmington Mine Disaster in Marion County. Sandy Vanocer visited the miners and widows of the men who died. Arch Moore and Ken Hechler are interviewed about coal mining. Such problems as black lung are discussed in depth.
VANDALIA SAMPLER- ARTISTS OF WEST VIRGINIA
120 M. 1982-1987 VHS WNPB
Four programs created by Morgantown Public TV about leading artists in the Mountain State. Three Potters, Permution Press, Three Photographers and Wolf Creek Printers.
VANDALIA SAMPLER - PERFORMANCE IN WEST VIRGINIA
120 M. 1982-1987 VHS WNPB
Four programs created by Morgantown Public TV about leading performers in the Mountain State. Larry Croce, Stark Raven, Mime and Movement Festival and a reggae band in Morgantown.
VANDALIA - THE TRADITION CONTINUES
60 M. 1996 Elderberry Prod.
West Virginia and Friends of West Virginia have celebrated the Mountain State's colorful heritage at the Vandalia Gathering each Memorial Day Weekend since 1977. This tape offers a sampler of the festival's best. Watch as talented dancers, musicians, craftspeople and storytellers take charge of the beautiful Capitol Complex in Charleston and turn it into a bustling showcase. Fiddlers, banjo and dulcimer players compete for ribbons and prizes - and for the more coveted satisfaction of being first among the very best practitioners of America's oldest music. Visitors of all ages stroll among performances and lively demonstrations, tantalized by the sights and sounds, and by hearty foods from several traditions. Everywhere the focus is on the bedrock Appalachian folk culture and the ethnic customs which enrich it in West Virginia. Vandalia is homecoming time in the mountains. Come home with us as you enjoy the Vandalia Gathering. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Vandalia-The Tradition Continues; WEST VIRGINIA: Vandalia-The Tradition Continues; FESTIVALS (Charleston, WV): Vandalia-The Tradition Continues; APPALACHIAN HERITAGE: Vandalia-The Tradition Continues; VANDALIA GATHERING: Vandalia-The Tradition Continues.
VOICES FROM A STEELTOWN
29 M. 1983 Tony Buba
Braddock, Pa. is one of hundreds of small Appalachian towns which are struggling to survive. Once booming with 25,000 citizens, it now has only 6,000. Native son, Buba, returns home to document his hometown "Little Pittsburgh." The once-thriving library which had its pool and music hall, is used as a metaphor for the devastation of a proud steeltown.
VOICES OF LASTING METAL: WHEELING AND THE HUMANITIES
30 M. 1982
Beautiful historical scenes of Wheeling are joined with a scholarly narration about the value of the humanities in understanding this important West Virginia community.
105 M. 1971 VHS
A touching, original little drama about a passive Appalachian woman (Pennsylvania) who leave home and takes up with a two-bit thief. The film was written, produced, starred and directed by Barbara Loden, who was part of the New York City theater scene. This was one of the first, and still more honest, independent feature films directed by a woman in America.
WAR, TAXES AND THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR
30 M. 1988 VHS Appalshop
A look at the relationship defense spending has to a host of problems in American society-the budget deficit, the trade imbalance, the volatile dollar, factory closings, the farm crisis, local tax increases, citizen tax revolts and urban housing crisis. Interviews with unemployed factory workers, bankrupt farmers, economists and Pentagon insiders are used to unravel the complicated relationship between the U.S. defense industry and the larger economy. Recommended for the studies of U.S. history, politics and economic policy, rural and local government issues and as an introduction to international finance.
16 M. 1977 Appalshop
Winebarger's Mill, a water-powered gristmill that has been in the same family for five generations, is compared to the General Mills plant in Johnson City, Tennessee. Timely issues such as social change, energy, and meaningful work are discussed.
WE DIG COAL
58 M. 1982 Cinema Guild
On October 2, 1979, Marilyn McCusker was killed working inside a deep coal mine in central Pennsylvania. It had taken her two years and a sex discrimination suit in federal court to get her job as a coal miner. This award-winning film has been called "the best documentary ever made on women in non-traditional occupations."
WE GREW UP ON A COMMUNE: THE SPRINGTREE COMMUNITY KIDS
26 M. 1992 VHS Meredith S. Cole
This video documentary is about what it was like to grow up on a rural, intentional commune called Springtree in the 1970's. The twelve children, now ages 14 through 28, reflect on their childhood experiences, and talk about how the commune has effected their lives. They also talk about how adults other than their parents influenced their career choices, and discuss how they wish to raise their own children. Most of the interviews and footage was shot in the summer of 1991 at Springtree's 20th anniversary. The commune is near Charlottesville, Virginia, and although it is small, it is still bringing in young people who wish to learn organic gardening and other skills. The film was donated by Bob Wilson of Roane County, WV., a true member of what "real" life in the sixties was. COMMUNES: We Grew Up On A Commune-The Springtime Community Kids; VIRGINIA: We Grew Up On A Commune-The Springtime Community Kids; APPALACHIAN: We Grew Up On A Commune-The Springtime Community Kids; COLLECTIVE SETTLEMENTS: We Grew Up On A Commune-The Springtime Community Kids.
WE LISTEN TO THE WATER: OHIO RIVER VOICES
28 M. 1994 VHS TV Image, Inc.
This program consists of 14 scenes, each with its unique setting and character and the visual symbols that best express the feeling of the poet. The vignettes deal with the stories and myths by which people live; the themes are universal. The program should interest anyone who cares about how people feel toward their surroundings, and especially those intrigued by rivers, by poetry, by myth, and by what video can do in the arts. Partially funded by the Ohio Arts Council, the West Virginia Humanities Council, and the Ohio Humanities Council.
WELL IN WEST VIRGINIA
15 M. Stuart Finley
Demonstrates some of the problems faced by the men who try to find natural gas that plays a vital role in the United States' energy resources. Also, shows the study and procedure that takes place before the drilling begins.
WEST VIRGINIA, THE BEAUTIFUL - 1929
76 M. 1929 B&W VHS Silent WV. Div. of Culture & History
This film was made by amateur filmmaker Rev. Ottis Snodgrass. The black and white, silent film shot in 1929 takes the viewer on a journey along the path of US Route 60, The Midland Trail, from the Kentucky border through West Virginia and to the Virginia border. Important landmarks, from the site of the State Capitol building destroyed by fire in 1921, and the beginning phases of the new capitol; to the Greenbrier and the view from the overlook at what would become Hawks Nest State Park are included in this film. Everyday life along US Route 60 - the salt works, a chemical plant, tourist camps, colleges and various modes of transportation - automobiles, passenger and logging trains, a ferry and steamboat are brought to life. At the end of the film, Snodgrass provided the words to the state song The West Virginia Hills for a sing-a-long.
WEST VIRGINIA COLESLAW
12 M. 1975 Eleanor Grand
West Virginia Coleslaw, or chewing tobacco, is the impetus for this documentary on the work of Harley Warrick. Over the past two decades, this man has painted "Mail Pouch Chewing Tobacco" barn signs in this multi-state region.
WEST VIRGINIA - A FILM HISTORY
Time Varies 1995 VHS WNPB-TV
This portrait documents historical events from the state's first inhabitants to the present day and follows the contributions of the men and women who shaped the state's cultural, economic, and political landscapes. Using paintings, still photographs and motion picture clips, the series helps students explore what it means to be a West Virginian. Narrated by Richard Thomas. Includes a Teacher's Guide and Index Guide. Series include: PART I: A HIDDEN LAND - 73 M. - Opens with the Shawnee Indians who have lived undiscovered for centuries along the Ohio River. We watch as their lives are slowly changed by the arrival of white settlers into the Shenandoah and Potomac valleys. As British settlements grow, the French also in forces to claim land. The result is bitter warfare that engulfs the area of decades, resulting in the Indians' departure from their land. Along the way, we meet such figures as Celoron de Blainville, George Washington, Andrew Lewis, Mary Ingles, Lord Dunmore, Chief Logan, Chief Cornstalk, and Betty Zane.
PART II: STATE OF WAR (Late 1700s-1865) - 73 M. - Begins in the late 1700s and takes us through the Civil War. Covering the growth of religion, industry, and transportation routes during the post-war years, this section explores the regional culture of western Virginia. It concludes with the divisive war and the subsequent birth of the new state of West Virginia. Key people in Part II, include circuit rider Francis Asbury, Alexander Campbell, writers David Hunter and Strother and Rebecca Harding, John Brown, General "Stonewall" Jackson, Senators Waltman Wiley and John S. Carlile, Anna Jarvis and President Lincoln.
PART III: WEST VIRGINIA (1865-1913) - 120 M. - Covers West Virginia from he end of the Civil War to the beginning of unionization and the coal wars in 1913. It tells of the internal migration of blacks to the state and the missionary zeal of those determined to help hem; of the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud; and of the Industrial Revolution. The Railroad sweeps through the state, bringing immigrant workers in and taking natural resources and money out. By the turn of the century, coal is king and miners are left fighting for a degree of freedom and independence. During the dynamic period in West Virginia's history, we meet such personalities as educators Nathan Cook Brackett and Sarah Jane Foster, railroad and business tycoons Henry Gassaway Davis and Collis Potter Huntington, the legendary Hatfields and McCoys, independent mine operator John Cooper, and union organizers Frank Kenney, Fred Mooney and Mother Jones. PART IV: ALMOST HEAVEN (1913-Present) - 120 M. - Opens on the Matewan Massacre and the Battle of Blair Mountain. Under the leadership of John L Lewis, miners' unions seek growth. However, with the onset of the Depression, the fall of the post-war coal market, and the mechanization of the mines, West Virginia's communities and inhabitants suffer great poverty. We watch as figures such as Eleanor Roosevelt and President Johnson work to improve the living conditions in Appalachian West Virginia. Despite hardships, West Virginians emerge as a courageous and determined people who take great pride in their state. Figures encountered in this final section of the film include union loyalist Sid Hatfield, Sheriff Don Chafin, UMWA leader John L. Lewis, social worker Mary Behner, Eleanor Roosevelt, the talented musicians of "It's Wheeling Steel," John F. Kennedy, Governors William Marland, Wally Baron and Senator Robert Byrd. WEST VIRGINIA HISTORY: West Virginia - A Film History.
WEST VIRGINIA FILMMAKERS
28 M. VHS WNPB-TV
this videotape looks at several filmmakers in WV who have decided to sty home and make films about local stories and issues. Charlestonian Robert Gates; Wheeling director, Ellis Dungan (who lived in India for 10 years and made Tarzan Goes to India); and Buckhannon filmmaker, Peter Griesinger are profiled and discuss the problems of making 16 mm. films that cost thousands of dollars!
WEST VIRGINIA LIBRARY COMMISSION + BOOKS, BOOKS, LOTS OF BOOKS
90 M. VHS B&W/COLOR 1950/1976 WVLC
West Virginia Library Commission: Frederick Glazer, director of the Commission leads this tour of one of America's most exciting library institutions, WVLC. Visiting each department in turn, we learn how each one performs its assigned task. Filmed in the Cultural Center. Books, Books, Lots of Books: This simple black and white film was made about the West Virginia Library Commission during the Fifties. Dora Ruth Parks was the director. It shows the basic activities of the Commission and some on-site programs, including a store front library.
WEST VIRGINIA RENAISSANCE
25 M. 1982 16MM/VHS WV. Dept.. of Culture & History
What is culture? As nine West Virginia filmmakers answer, it's a little bit of everything! Such luminaries as author and editor Jim Comstock, musician Aunt Jenny Wilson, and sculptor Roberto Moretti talk about their lives and work as cultural facilitators and creators. Events presented by the Dept. of Culture and History, Theatre WV, Wheeling's country Jamboree and many other people and places all fit into the puzzle known as "culture." An award-winning film which will make us all proud!
WEST VIRGINIA SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM
10 M. 1995 VHS
Learn about the exciting opportunities the Summer Food Service Program offered in summer 1995, in the West Virginia SFSP Recruitment Video. Sponsored by the West Virginia Coalition on Food and Nutrition, the West Virginia Department of education - Office of Child Nutrition, and the West Virginia University Extension Service - Nutrition and Health. Includes West Virginia Food Security Status Report (First Edition, 1994).
WEST VIRGINIA TURNPIKE PROGRESS REPORT
20 M. 1954
Narrated by Sam Poland, this film was made just before the opening of the new West Virginia Turnpike in 1954. In addition to showing the need for this new road and parts of the finished Turnpike, it shows the construction techniques of the early 1950s that were used in overcoming the rugged terrain of Southern West Virginia.
WEST VIRGINIA—WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT
10 M. 1990 VHS WV Dept. of Commerce
Leslie Nielsen, star of AIRPLANE and THE NAKED GUN, takes us on a tour of one of America's most beautiful states. Various commercials are linked by his introductions. "Why not try a real adventure rather than the fake theme parks?--and avoid all the stress of gridlock America? WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia What America is all about; APPALACHIA: West Virginia What America is all about; TRAVEL: West Virginia What America is all about.
WEST VIRGINIA WHITEWATER
60 M. 1990 VHS Camera One
Some of America's best river adventures are to be found in the waters of West Virginia. Descend into the "Grand Canyon of the East"- the 1000 foot deep New River Gorge with is legendary rapids and ledge-drops. Drift by the boom and bust coal towns and rusty relics of the early 1900s as the rich history of the New River unfolds. For non-stop, white-knuckle whitewaters, it's the world famous Gauley River with rapids like Iron Curtain, Mash, and Heaven's Gate.
WEST VIRGINIA'S UPPER OHIO VALLEY
16 M. 1983 Ellis Dungan Productions
A delightful visit to the northern panhandle of West Virginia. See the sights, visit the local festivals, and see why there's a good reason to spend a vacation at home—in Wheeling and surrounding areas!
WEST VIRGINIANS, THE
25 M. 1996 PBS. A production of The West Virginia History Film Project, Inc.
Narrated by Chris Sarandon.
Featuring: US Senator Robert C. Byrd. A hard-working, studious young man named Robert C. Byrd sought excellence in all he did as he grew up in the family of a coal miner in southern West Virginia. He married, went to work in the grocery business out of high school, and then contributed to the war effort by welding in a Baltimore shipyard. After the war, he returned to Raleigh County and discovered his interest in politics. He won his first election to the West Virginia House of Representatives in 1946 and has not lost an election since. He studied in Congress to receive his law degree, which was awarded by American University in 1963. His leadership in the United States Congress is revered. He is a historian, an expert on senatorial procedures, and one of the greatest statesmen in this country's history.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. This Eastern Panhandle native has established himself as a respected scholar and chairman of the African American Studies Department at Harvard University. He is a widely read and highly regarded literary critic and writer; his book Colored People about growing up in West Virginia won the Lillian Smith Prize for Southern Literature and the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Award for Nonfiction. He is the Editor of the 40-volume Schomburg Library of 19th-Century Black Women Writers as well as the Amistad Literary series entitled Critical Perspectives Past and Present. Although he has made his mark as an educator and author, his critical essays appearing in publications such as the New York Literary Review place him in the pantheon of American literary critics.
James "Buck" Harless. Buck Harless grew up in desperate poverty in the Mingo County coalfields, but as a self-made millionaire he has become one of West Virginia's best known philanthropists. Still living in the southern West Virginia town of Gilbert, he has made fortunes in timber, coal, truck and equipment sales, and more recently in real estates, banking and insurance. He makes a difference daily in the lives of thousands of West Virginians with his generosity and community spirit.
John Hendricks. Few people realize the John Hendricks who grew up in southern West Virginia is a pioneer in the development of telecommunications for all ages. He is the founder and CEO of The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and other cable television outlets. Hendricks' visionary approach to the delivery of information includes Discovery Channel MultiMedia, and Discovery Channel Online, giving worldwide access to original, nonfiction stories on the Internet.
Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan's accomplishments as a movie writer, producer and director make him a much sought after talent in Hollywood. He first made his mark as a writer on four of the most successful films in motion picture history—Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Bodyguard. He has written and directed such greats as Body Heat, The Big Chill and Silverado. His works have been nominated for Academy and Golden Globe Awards. A born storyteller, Kasdan has a down-home charm that keeps his movies popular, progressive and resonant.
Kathy Mattea. This Cross Lanes native discovered her destiny when, after two years of college, she headed for Nashville to become a country music performer. Within five years she became an "overnight success" who causes a sensation wherever she goes. Kathy Mattea was named "Female Vocalist of the Year" in 1989 and 1990 by the Country Music Association and received a Grammy Award for the Best Female Vocal Performance in 1992.
Mary Lee Settle. The glory of her writing and the depth of her research for historical accuracy make her Beulah Quintet series a must-read for those who would know the soul of the Mountaineer. She founded the PEN Faulkner writing awards and received a National Book Prize for her book Blood Tie. The Beulah Quintet traces a family's history and its struggles with the concept and realities of freedom from 17th century England through the 1980s.
Leon Sulliuvan. Minister and community activist are only two of the titles that describe the contributions Leon Sullivan has made. Founder of the Opportunities Industrialization Centers worldwide and drafter of the "The Sullivan Principles," which guided U.S. policy helping to end the Apartheid Government of South Africa, Dr. Sullivan's church in Philadelphia has been a center for political pressure in America's attempt to train people to lift themselves out of poverty and dependency.
Jerry West. Jerry West is recognized throughout the sports world as one of America's most talented athletes and sports leader. The All-American Basketball star from Cabin Creek first made his mark at West Virginia University. He mesmerized crowds in his professional basketball career and led the Los Angeles Lakers to numerous NBA Championships. A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and Executive Vice President of the Lakers, West has had a career combining gifted athletic ability and an uncanny knack for spotting athletic prowess in others.
Also with Princess Aracoma-legendary heroine "Mad Anne" Bailey-Randy Barnes-Clair Bee-author Pinkney Benedict-Michael Benedum-Tony Brown-author Pearl Buck-Jesse "The Crab" Burkett-Rebecca Cain-Ted Cassidy-Lyell Clay-Jim Comstock-Stephen Coonts-Chief Cornstalk-George Crumb-Phyllis Curtin-Faith Daniels-Joyce DeWitt-Little Jimmy Dickens-Muriel Dressler-Ed Etzel-Conchata Ferrell-Frank Gatski-author Denise Giardina-Lawson Hamilton-Justina Hart-Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins-John Henry-Sam Huff-legendary heroine Mary Draper Ingles-Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson-Dr. Colleen Jackson-Cook-Anna Jarvis-Frances Johnston-Don Knotts-John Knowles-Blanche Lazell-William Leigh-Chief Logan-Pare Lorentz-Ann Magnuson-George Preston Marshall-Peter Marshall-Jon McBridge-Charlie McCoy-Rae Ellen McKee-Arnold Miller-Holmes Morton-John Forbes Nash, Jr.-Earl "Greasy" Neale-poet Louise McNeill Pease-Charles Peters-Jayne Ann Phillips-Eugenia Price-Ed Rabel-Mary Lou Retton-Walter Reuther-Cecil Roberts-Soupy Sales-Chris Sarandon-David Selby-Ada "Bricktop" Smith-Wayne Smith-Red Sovine-Eleanor Steber-David Hunter Strother-Cyrus Vance-Clyde Ware-Booker T. Washington-Bill Withers-Chuck Yeager.
WEST VIRGINIANS IN WAR
90 M. 1994 VHS WPBY-TV
Explores the historic role of the mountaineer — on the battlefield and on the homefront — since before the War of Independence. Hosting the program is U.S. Navy Captain Jon McBride, retired NASA astronaut, Vietnam fighter pilot, and native West Virginian. Through interviews, archival film, and photographs, the roots of West Virginia's rich military history come to life. The role of individuals such as Generals Chuck Yeager and Stonewall Jackson are cited, as well as those of other West Virginians prominent in their time. The program also highlights the role of women and African Americans in wartime and explores the development of Kanawha Valley chemical plants during World War I.
WHAT FIXED ME?
20 M. 1973 Time-Life
This film centers on a boy's struggle to free himself from his domineering father after his mother's suicide. Filmed in western Kentucky. It includes native Kentucky music.
WHEELING 1959 - WHEELS OF PROGRESS - VOLUME 1
32 M. 1995 Ellis Dungan
Fully narrated. Rare color footage shows Wheeling and Ohio Valley as it was in 1958 and 1959. Contains original narration by Lew Clawson, who recorded material written by Haze Cochran at WWVA radio. The script accompanies Dungan's dramatic filming of local industries and institutions, emphasizing the everyday hard-working bustle of the busy valley. Dungan also captured the gentler side of life with colorful scenes of Mount de Chantal Academy, Oglebay Park ice skaters, Bethany and West Liberty colleges, and numerous churches.
WHERE THE LILIES BLOOM
97 M. 1974 VHS
A sensitive film, Where the Lilies Bloom is the story of for orphans, aged five to sixteen, who survive as a family selling roots, leaves and bark for medicinals. Shot on location in the Blue Ridge mountains, the film is an uplifting account of survival and unity in the face of a hostile environment. Based on the novel Where the Lilies Bloom by Bill and Vera Cleaver (see AppLit study guide at this link).
10 M. 1970 Appalshop
Shows problems faced by young people in Appalachia in the early seventies by presenting a series of interviews on the streets of Whitesburg. Voiced are the opinions about the Vietnam War, Kent State, College unrest, the draft and recreation.
WIC NUTRITIONISTS: MAKING A DIFFERENCE
7 M. 1996 Audience: Adult
Messages from nutritionists in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) educate viewers about WIC's strong nutrition education emphasis and encourage them to choose careers in WIC. Throughout the video, on-camera narrator, Liz Weiss—a TV health reporter who has a master's degree in science and is a registered dietitian—interjects important information about the WIC Program, how it operates, and the employment opportunities with WIC all over the country for nutritionists and dietitians. This is an excellent recruitment vehicle.
WILD AND WACKY WORLD OF HASIL ADKINS
29 M. 1993 VHS Appalshop
See real mountain mamas fight over a spot to sit beside Madison, West Virginia native and one-man-band Hasil Adkins, who invented "The Hunch," and such continental hits as the "Chicken Walk," "I'm Gonna Cut Your Head Off And Hang It On The Wall." Hasil gives a sample of his art as he dances, sings and stomps on the top of his truck (hope it's his) and entertains in a tavern. Hasil begins where country roads end! WEST VIRGINIA: Wild And Wacky World of Hasil Adkins; COMPOSERS: Wild And Wacky World of Hasil Adkins; MADISON, WV.: Wild And Wacky World of Hasil Adkins; BIOGRAPHY: Wild And Wacky World of Hasil Adkins; ADKINS, HASIL: Wild And Wacky World of Hasil Adkins.
WILD, WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA
25 M. 1980 VHS/16MM WV. Dept. of Commerce
Official travelogue of the Mountain State. West Virginia offers total living experience with its educational institutions, natural scenic beauty, diverse natural resources, public recreation areas and a sound social and economic climate.
110 M. 1989 VHS Facets
Film taking place in the Carolina mountains, starring Kelly McGiilis, Kurt Russell and Lloyd Bridges which focuses on an unwed mother must make a difficult decision when she falls in love with a stranger who's accidentally killed the father of her child. Directed by Ted Kotcheff.
WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE: THE RISE OF THE RELIGIOUS RIGHTS IN AMERICA SERIES — THE ZEAL OF THY HOUSE: 1969-1974
60 M. 1996 PBS
Billy Graham and Richard Nixon's symbolic relationship foreshadows the coming union of religion and politics. The marriage is consummated in Kanawha County, West Virginia, where national conservative strategists escalate a local textbook controversy into a major conflagration of jailings, bombings and a miners' strike. Meanwhile, Watergate teaches Graham the perils of political entanglement in every area of modern life; but from Berkeley's Jesus People to Kanawha's fundamentalists, the die has been cut — and the Religious Right is born.
WONDERS OF THE APPALACHIANS: BLUE RIDGE
PARKWAY, SHENANDOAH, GREAT SMOKIES
60 M. VHS Panorama International Prod. [CC]
Blue Ridge Parkway — cloaked in ethereal blue haze, lofty summits cradle deep valleys, dense forests, a stunning array of waterfalls, flowers, a wealth of human and cultural history. Shenandoah National Park — magnificent lines of ancient hills, rocky crags, rushing water and sylvan woodland roll away into fertile blue plain. Great Smokies National Park — steep slopes of puncturing patches of pearly haze, fascinating features of geologic history, the rich plant life of forest and stream. Deer and black bear, owls and red-tailed hawks, raccoons, reptiles and amphibians are among the myriad wild creatures captured by cameras as they lay out their natural roles in their habitants of meadow, stream and forest. .): Wonders of the Appalachians; SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK (VA.): Wonders of the Appalachians; AND N.C.): Wonders of the Appalachians; BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY (VA. AND N.C.): Wonders of the Appalachians;.): Wonders of the Appalachians; AND TENN.): Wonders of the Appalachians; GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS (N.C. AND TENN.): Wonders of the Appalachians; APPALACHIAN REGION: Wonders of the Appalachians.
WOOD, PAINT AND MARBLES
20 M. 1993 M. J. Gibbons VHS NOTE: Contains material that may offend some viewers.
Winner of Best Documentary, 1993 West Virginia Student Film Competition. A humorous yet insightful look at the art and philosophy of Charles Jupiter Hamilton. Documentarian, Michael Gibbons, explores Hamilton's offbeat and witty view of sex, life, death, and his childhood and their relationship with his art. This intimate glimpse of Hamilton combined with images of artworks being created, brings about a greater appreciation for the artist and his trade. Music performed by CRAZY JANE, STARK RAVEN, and STRAWFYSSH add to the flavor of the video. An excellent introduction and a must see for admirers of Charles Jupiter Hamilton and his work. HAMILTON, CHARLES JUPITER: Wood, Paint and Marbles; ART: Wood, Paint and Marbles; WEST VIRGINIA: Wood, Paint and Marbles.
WOODROW CORNETT: LETCHER COUNTY BUTCHER
10 M. B&W 1971 Appalshop
How a mountain butcher goes about killing and butchering a hog for one of his customers.
WRESTLING WITH GOD
72 M. 1990 16MM/VHS Journey
Alexander Campbell wrestles with Presbyterian Creeds and doctrines on baptism of infants and "the voice in his heart," thus becoming the spiritual father of the Disciples of Christ, or Christian Church. Partly filmed on location in Bethany, West Virginia, this film tells the inspiring story of the young Scottish-American's struggle, his fulfilling marriage and family life, his refusal to compromise his Biblical outlook, and his public debate with Robert Owen, a great proponent of social reform through non-spiritual, legislated means. (for more on this topic see our film WORKING FOR THE LORD) Campbell believed that the first covenant was designed only for the Jews and was entirely abrogated when Christ established a new covenant in the New Testament. West Virginia has many Churches of The Disciples of Christ denomination which is the largest church body indigenous to America!
YOU TOUCHED ME
24 M. 1978 Omnificent Systems
A volunteer program to provide recreation for retarded persons is documented in this film about the Kanawha-Putnam Association for Retarded Citizens. A positive film about a positive program.
THE YOUNG 'UNS
27 M. 1967 Films, Inc.
In the Appalachian Hills of Ohio, poverty is a way of life. The unemployment there matches that of the urban ghetto. Almost half of the families live at the subsistence levels— incomes under $3,000 a year. Depicting the daily life of an Appalachian family, the film focuses on 16-year-old Paul Tabler. While evoking shame for the conditions forced upon the youth, the film at the same time generates a certain pride in the strength and courage of the human spirit.
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