The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition, host to the 41st Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference, invite you to take part in a series of free music, film and literary programs, supported in part by ArtsWave, to be held at downtown and Over the Rhine locations during the week leading up to the Conference,  April 3-8, 2018.

Read about more community events at http://uacvoice.org/asa2018/asacommunityentertainment/.

 ASA Film Festival Schedule

Tuesday, April 3

7:30pm. Mini Microcinema, 1225 Main Street. Two films, with discussion and Q&A. Free, donations welcome.In partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center’s Insight Lecture Series.

The Mountain Minor: A life-worn Charlie Abner struggles with leaving his present life and family in Ohio and return to his childhood Kentucky home, but first he must pass on the many generations’ mystic music to his grandkids. Wonderland Woods Productions, selected clips; audience input requested – Dale Farmer, Susan Pepper

Pieced Together: the first documentary of the American Quilt Square Trail movement, the story of how an Ohio woman’s love for her mother changed the American landscape and saved her life after job loss and breast cancer – Julianne Donofrio


Thursday, April 5

5:30-7:30pm. Mini Microcinema, 1225 Main Street. Two films plus a literary reading, with discussion and Q&A. Free, donations welcome. In partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center’s Insight Lecture Series.

Dana Wildsmith, writer. Reads excerpts from her novel, Jumping, which tells the story of one migrant family’s attempt to “jump” the US border from the perspective of an Appalachian woman who befriends them.

The Mountain Minor: A life-worn Charlie Abner struggles with leaving his present life and family in Ohio and return to his childhood Kentucky home, but first he must pass on the many generations’ mystic music to his grandkids. Wonderland Woods Productions, selected clips; audience input requested – Dale Farmer, Susan Pepper

Pieced Together: the first documentary of the American Quilt Square Trail movement, the story of how an Ohio woman’s love for her mother changed the American landscape and saved her life after job loss and breast cancer – Julianne Donofrio

9:00pm – 12:30am. Millennium Hotel, W 5th St, Downtown. Free. Viewing and Filmmakers discussion.

Linefork: (96min) Recorded over three years, follows the daily rituals of an elderly couple living in the mountains of Kentucky. The observational film documents Lee and Opal Sexton’s marriage, their community, their resilience, and the music of an unheralded banjo legend. Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, presenter Vic Rawlings.

Meadow Bridge (83min) is a coming of age story that follows Darcy, a 14-year-old girl growing up in a small West Virginia town in the late 1990s. It’s wry, comedic and honest, with an all-West Virginia cast. Writer/Director Tijah Bumgartner


Friday, April 6

10:00pm – 12:30am. Millennium Hotel, W 5th St, Downtown. Free. Viewing and Filmmakers discussion.

The Mountain Minor: A life-worn Charlie Abner struggles with leaving his present life and family in Ohio and return to his childhood Kentucky home, but first he must pass on the many generations’ mystic music to his grandkids. Wonderland Woods Productions, selected clips; audience input requested – Dale Farmer, Susan Pepper

Pieced Together: the first documentary of the American Quilt Square Trail movement, the story of how an Ohio woman’s love for her mother changed the American landscape and saved her life after job loss and breast cancer – Julianne Donofrio


Saturday, April 7

10:00pm – 12:30am. Millennium Hotel, W 5th St, Downtown. Free. Viewing and Filmmakers discussion.

The Breaks: Centuries of Struggle: A documentary narrated by Mike Rowe of the Discovery Channel, looks at the past, present, and future of the Breaks Interstate Park in Kentucky and Virginia as it continues to be under threat today. Soundtrack by ETSU faculty and students. Curtis Mullins, Andrew Reed.

A Coal Miner’s Journey, produced by EduDoc and award-winning film producer Shanon Rice, who went underground with miners in Eastern Kentucky and earned the right to tell their story.