Chautauqua Lecture Videos


Hillbilly, the Documentary: 100 Years of Appalachia in TV and Film: Filmmaker Sally Rubin presents scenes from a work-in-progress [Video]


Sally Rubin

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Sally Rubin (co-director) is a documentary filmmaker and editor who has worked in the field for more than 15 years. Her mother is from Calderwood, Tennessee, a hollow in the Smoky mountains. She grew up visiting Appalachia and has been spending time with family and friends in the region for many years. Sally recently completed Life on the Line, a documentary about a teenage girl living on the border of the US and Mexico -- a Fledgling Fund recipient that premiered in 2014 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and across the country on PBS.

Hillbilly: Appalachia in film and television is a documentary film that examines the iconic hillbilly stereotype in film and television. The film explores more than a hundred years of media representation of mountain and rural people, reveals how the hillbilly icon reflects America's aspirational self-image over the decades, and offers an urgent exploration of how we see and think about poor, white, rural America.

Appalachian Heritage Festival Special Event.

Part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series: Transformations (2017-2018).


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Copyright 2017 Sally Rubin