In "hillbilly," directors Ashley York (Tig) and Sally Rubin ("Deep Down") show the evolution of the uneducated, promiscuous American "hillbilly" stereotype in movies and television, linking it with corporate exploitation of Appalachia’s natural resources. The film features Appalshop's Appalachian Media Institute where young adults find community and refuge and The Affrilachian Poets, a grassroots group of poets of color living in the Appalachian region. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and filmed in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and California, the film is a timely and urgent exploration of how we see and think about poverty, southern, and rural identity in contemporary America. Please RSVP.
This event will feature commentary from Victoria Budson, WAPPP executive director and the film's co-directors, Ashley York and Sally Rubin.