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Mountain Minor @ Esquire
October 20, 2019 @ 11:00 pm - October 21, 2019 @ 1:00 am
Director to Appear at ‘The Mountain Minor’ Screenings at Esquire Theatre, Oct. 17 and Oct 20; Film Touches on Cincinnati’s Role in Appalachian Music History
Screenwriter and director Dale Farmer will conduct a Q&A, following screenings of “The Mountain Minor” at The Esquire Theatre on October 17 and 20. An after party will take place at Sitwell’s Coffee Shop, next door to the theatre, following the October 17th showing.
“The Mountain Minor” will be shown at The Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati, on Thursday, October 17, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m., with a Q&A to follow each screening. Ticket information is available at http://www.esquiretheatre.
“The Mountain Minor” follows five generations of an Appalachian family, beginning in the 1930s, dramatizing how mountain music spread to other parts of the country. It is loosely based on the true story of Farmer’s own family, who moved from Eastern Kentucky to Cincinnati, looking for work during the Great Depression. Farmer lives in Oxford, Ohio.
“Growing up in Ohio, most of my relatives and neighbors were migrant families from Appalachia,” he said. “This film is about people leaving their homes and bringing their music and culture with them. For so long, they were looked down upon because they were thought to have less value in society because of what many people viewed as their backward ways. They deserve so much credit for the music that eventually became country and bluegrass.”
Though most of “The Mountain Minor” was filmed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, several scenes were shot in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
The movie features contemporary musical artists who are known for folk and old-time mountain music, including the Cincinnati-based band, The Tillers, and Dan Gellert and Ma Crow of the Cincinnati-based Bluegrass band, Crow & Company. Other notable Old Time musicians in the film include Trevor McKenzie, Lucas Pasley, Hazel Pasley, Asa Nelson, Warren Waldron, Judy Waldron, and Cincinnati native Susan Pepper, who now lives in North Carolina.
View the trailer at https://youtu.be/
“The Mountain Minor” was presented the “The Spirit of the Mountains” Award by former Kentucky Governor Paul Patton at the UPIKE Film and Media Arts Festival. The film has won numerous additional awards including Best Drama at the Longleaf Festival at the North Carolina History Museum and the Franklin International Film Festival (Tennessee), Best Feature at The Northeast Mountain Festival (Georgia), and Best of Festival at The Endless Mountain Film Festival (Pennsylvania) and The Jukebox International Film Festival (Nevada).