Monday, January 5, 2009

North Carolina Premier of Appalachia to Benefit Regional Environmental Groups

On Friday, January 16, the Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville will host the North Carolina premiere of the PBS series Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People, a visual narrative on the environmental history of Appalachia.

The evening kicks off at 6:00 PM with a reception for the filmmakers and special guests, followed by a 7:00 PM panel discussion and screening of the film.

Admission to the reception and film is $30, while tickets for just the film screening are $15.

The Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition and Southwings are pleased to sponsor this presentation of one episode of the four part series, Mountain Revolutions, a compelling account of mountain people, culture and geography.

All proceeds will benefit their conservation work in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Also, per Smoky Scout’s explicit request (lol), I did find out that the film will premiere on PBS in April. It looks like the first of the four-part series will run on April 9.

Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People will be the first film series ever to chronicle the history of one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges and the diverse peoples who have inhabited them. The central theme of the series will explore the dynamic interaction of natural history and human history; how the mountains have shaped the people and how people have shaped the mountains.

The documentary, narrated by Academy Award Winner, Sissy Spacek, illustrates how the environment has shaped the residents, as well as how residents have tried — with often drastically damaging results — to shape the environment.

The series will also investigate Appalachia's many generations of inhabitants — from the first humans who settled in the mountains 14,000 years ago, to the Native Americans and Europeans who fought over the land, to current-day Appalachian residents.

Below is a trailer from the film.

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