Fresh Docs Film Screening: "Cumberland Folklife: In That Valley of Gold"
Director/producer Rachel Boillot will screen a rough cut of "In That Valley of Gold," the final episode in her "Cumberland Folklife" series of documentary films exploring folklife in the Cumberland Gap region of Tennessee. "This is a look at-and celebration of-cultural heritage," writes Boillot about the series. "We seek to document traditions as they are manifested today in a most distinctive region, gifted with abounding creativity and innovation. Arts, crafts, and music are our focus." In That Valley of Gold takes us deep into the hills of Tennessee, where a pair of elderly sisters reflect upon the Sharp family's legacy of music and moonshine as their descendants confront the reality of mortality and disappearing traditions. The screening is part of the Fresh Docs series presented by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund that features documentary works-in-progress. Screenings are followed by moderated conversations that provide filmmakers with valuable audience feedback. Rachel Boillot teaches in the art department at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, and is a 2014 graduate of Duke's MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program.