2018 | USA | NR | 85 min.


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Film Info
Section:US Documentary
Release Year:2018
Runtime:85 min.
Premiere Status:Midwest Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Sally Rubin
Ashley York
Produced by:Sally Rubin
Ashley York
Cinematography:Bryan Donnell
Editing By:Melanie Vi Levy
Stacy Goldate
Cast:Billy Redden
Silas House
bell hooks


Appalachia is possibly the most stereotyped and dismissed region in America. Its inhabitants are all poor, opioid-addicted coal miners, right? In an increasingly divided nation, where coal country is ridiculed regularly and blamed for all political ills by coastal elites, directors Ashley York and Sally Rubin attempt to challenge the stereotypes—are they really all toothless and uneducated? Spoiler alert: they’re not! Hear from Tennessee-local Dolly Parton, activist-author bell hooks, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Garner, queer activists, and “Affrilachian” poets, who help dismantle a more than 100-year legacy of negative media representations. There is more to rural identity than the infamous hillbilly, after all. This film is a refreshing—and much needed—call for dialogue. IN PERSON: Directors Sally Rubin and Ashley York.