Athena Cinema presents ‘From the Hills and Hollers: Appalachian Stories Film Series’


Posted: August 24, 2022


Author: Staff Reports

Celebrating the 50th anniversary successes of “Appalshop: Stranger With a Camera” in 2020, Athena Cinema and its partners are thrilled to present a new film series that showcases cinematic interpretations of Appalachia.

The series will run from October 2022 to March 2023, as Cinema Athena explores how this complicated and dynamic region has been depicted in film. Screenings will include presentations by guest speakers aimed at increasing cultural competence by educating viewers on how Appalachia has been portrayed in film by those who have retained the power to manipulate stereotypes.

This series is presented with free admission thanks to the following sponsors: 2023 Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Ohio Honors Program, Center for Campus and Community Engagement, Multicultural Center, Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Hocking Athens Perry Community Action Program, Athens County Public Libraries, University Libraries, Honors Tutorial College, Center for Advising, Career and Experiential Learning, and OHIO Fellows.

“The Hills and the Hollers: Appalachian Stories” film series schedule:

  • September 8 at 7 p.m., “Coal Miner’s Daughter”: Directed by Michael Apted, a film depicting the life of country music superstar and feminist icon Loretta Lynn, and how she shone a light on the subject of women’s liberation before the problem was well known. Rachel Terman, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Ohio University, will discuss the intersectionality of women, gender, and diversity in Appalachian culture.
  • October 13 at 7 p.m., “The Mothman Prophecies”: Directed by Mark Pellington, this film tells the story of John Klein, a Washington Post journalist, who, after losing his wife Mary, finds strange drawings of her after her dead. John finds himself lost on a highway in Point Pleasant, WV, where he explores the possible relationships of his wife’s drawings to unexplained phenomena in the city. Tiffany Arnold, Ph.D., assistant professor of education at Ohio University, will share her knowledge of Appalachian studies, as well as the impact and cultural competence of Appalachian culture.
  • November 10 at 7 p.m., “We Are Marshall”: Directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol, “We Are Marshall” centers on the tragedy of the plane crash that killed 75 passengers on board, including 37 members of the football team of the Marshall University team. Here in Huntington, WV, as devastation descends on the university and the city, coach Jack Lengyel is hired from the College of Wooster in Ohio to recreate and strengthen Marshall’s football program. Alongside Lengyel, Red Dawson, an assistant coach who missed the fatal flight, will help mend not only the team, but also the emotional damage to the city left by the accident. Nerissa Young, an associate teaching professor at Ohio University specializing in journalism ethics, journalism, trauma, and media law, will speak about her experience and note the impact on communities.
  • January 19 at 7 p.m., “Holler”: A film directed by Nicole Riegel that highlights the struggles of a young woman named Ruth Avery as she decides to do something for herself in southern Ohio, where the employment opportunities are collapsing. Teamed up with his brother, they begin working in scrap yards by day and stealing precious metals by night. It is then that Ruth begins to wonder if these dangerous activities are worth her future upbringing when she has to leave her beloved family behind.
  • February 9 at 7 p.m., “Deliverance”: Directed by John Boorman, “Deliverance” tells the story of Lewis Medlock, who sets out with his friends for a canoe trip on the Cahulawassee River before it is dammed and turned into a lake. Their dangerous adventure is one they will never forget as they explore the American backcountry. Coming to the screening, Jack Wright, a retired Ohio University Film School Assistant Professor, will talk about his knowledge of the history, culture and challenges of mining in Appalachia. and mining towns.
  • Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m., “Dark Waters”: Directed by Todd Haynes, “Dark Waters” depicts the true story of how a determined attorney exposes a chilling secret of unexplained deaths linked to one of the world’s largest corporations. world. He quickly realizes the risks of seeking justice and exposing the truth, endangering his future, his family and his own life. Harry Deitzler, who worked on this class action as a personal injury attorney and is portrayed in the film, will talk about the details of the actual case. Corresponding to this film, the screening will be presented at the Appalachian Studies Association conference to be held March 16-19 at Ohio University, on the theme: “AppalachiaFest: From Survival to Prosperity in Appalachia”.

Further information can be found on the Athena Cinema website or by contacting Athena Cinema Director Alexandra Kamody at [email protected] or 740.594.7382.

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