Appalshop at 50
Sunny Side of Life
Directed by Scott Faulkner, Anthony Slone, and Jack Wright
“A moving, spirited, joyous film.” —David Holt, musician and host on the Nashville Network
During the 1920s and ’30s, the records and radio shows of A.P. Carter, his wife Sara, and his sister-in-law Maybelle spread the music of the southern mountains around the world and earned the Carter family international fame. Sunny Side of Life celebrates the legacy of this country music dynasty by focusing on the Carter Family Fold in Maces Spring, Virginia–an old-time music hall founded in 1975 by Janette, Joe, and Gladys, the children of A.P. and Sara Carter. Sunny Side of Life features Saturday night performances at the Fold by such artists as Home Folks, Red Clay Ramblers, and Hot Mud Family, as well as plenty of flatfooting and clogging by the audience.
The film includes a history of the Carter Family and an examination of the way old-time music continues to be integrated into the life of this community. 1985, U.S., 16mm, 55 minutes. Recommended for 12+.
Appalshop at 50 is a year-long celebration of the non-profit organization based in Whitesburg, KY dedicated to production and presentation of the stories about Appalachia that commercial media doesn’t tell by challenging stereotypes, supporting grassroot efforts to achieve justice and equity, and celebrating cultural diversity. As part of the Speed’s celebration of the art of Kentucky, we will present work from Appalshop at one Owsley Free Sunday each month throughout 2019.
CINEMA+ and introduction by Caroline Rubens, Archivist with Appalshop