[Videolib] Appalshop's Mimi Pickering to show Buffalo Creek films

Steve Fesenmeier (fesenms@wvlc.lib.wv.us)
Wed, 11 Jan 2006 13:30:12 -0500

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Appalshop's Mimi Pickering at West Virginia Cultural Center

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Mimi Pickering from Appalshop will give a presentation on Wednesday, =
January 25th at 7 PM, at The Cultural Center in Charleston, West =
Virginia showing her two films on the Buffalo Creek Disaster, and =
discussing the theme - "Do Social Documentaries Influence Anyone?" John =
Hoskyns-Abrahall, the president of Bullfrog Films, was seriously injured =
in an accident on Sunday, January 8th, thus forcing him to cancel his =
planned presentation at The Cultural Center on that date.=20

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Ms. Pickering's film, "The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man," was =
recently selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in its =
National Film Registry. The Librarian of Congress described the film as =
a "powerful documentary" that "represents the finest in regional =
filmmaking, providing important understanding of the environmental and =
cultural history of the Appalachian region." Charleston filmmaker =
Robert Gates provided some of the footage of Buffalo Creek used in the =
film and recent South Charleston Museum guest Jack Wright provided the =
music and narration. In 1984 Pickering released "Buffalo Creek =
Revisited," which looks at redevelopment effects in the 10 years since =
the disaster.

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Ms. Pickering herself was a guest of SCM last March as part of its =
"Women's History Month." She is presently working on three films - a =
portrait of community activists Joe and Gaynell Begley and their C.B. =
Caudill Store, which functioned like a history museum and organizing =
center in Blackey, KY; she and Anne Lewis are in production on a =
documentary on Anne Braden, long time civil rights/civil liberties =
activist from Louisville; and Pickering has just started work on a doc =
on noted rural journalists Tom and Pat Gish of The Mountain Eagle in =
Whitesburg. The two Buffalo Creek films are currently being restored =
with support from the Women's Film Preservation Fund and will be =
released on DVD early in 2006. The WV Humanities Council is supporting =
showings and discussions of these two films around the state. The =
Buffalo Creek Memorial Library is sponsoring the first screening at Man =
High School on Saturday, Feb. 25 . For more info on the program, contact =
Pat Cowdery at (304) 558-0220. You can find more info on Mimi and =
Appalshop at http://www.appalshop.org/.

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Appalshop=92s Mimi = Pickering at=20 West = Virginia=20  Cultural Center

 

Mimi Pickering from = Appalshop=20 will give a presentation on Wednesday, January 25th at 7 PM, at The = Cultural=20 Center in Charleston,=20 West Virginia  showing her two films on the = Buffalo=20 Creek Disaster, and discussing the theme - =93Do Social Documentaries = Influence=20 Anyone?=94 John Hoskyns-Abrahall, the president of Bullfrog Films, was = seriously=20 injured in an accident on Sunday, January 8th, thus forcing him to = cancel his=20 planned presentation at The Cultural Center on that date.

 

Ms. Pickering=92s = film, =93The=20 Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man,=94 was recently selected by the = Library of=20 Congress for inclusion in its National Film Registry. The Librarian of = Congress=20 described the film as a =93powerful documentary=94 that =93represents = the finest in=20 regional filmmaking, providing important understanding of the = environmental and=20 cultural history of the Appalachian region.=94  Charleston filmmaker Robert Gates provided some = of the=20 footage of Buffalo Creek used in the film and recent South Charleston=20 Museum guest Jack = Wright=20 provided the music and narration. In 1984 Pickering released =93Buffalo Creek = Revisited,=94=20 which looks at redevelopment effects in the 10 years since the = disaster.

 

Ms. Pickering herself = was a guest=20 of SCM last March as part of its =93Women=92s History Month.=94 She is = presently=20 working on three films =96 a portrait of community activists Joe and = Gaynell=20 Begley and their C.B. Caudill Store, which functioned like a history = museum and=20 organizing center in Blackey, KY; she and Anne Lewis are in production = on a=20 documentary on Anne Braden, long time civil rights/civil liberties = activist from=20 Louisville; and Pickering has just started work on a doc on noted rural=20 journalists Tom and Pat Gish of The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg. The = two=20 Buffalo Creek films are currently being restored with support from the = Women=92s=20 Film Preservation Fund and will be released on DVD early in 2006. The WV = Humanities Council is supporting showings and discussions of these two = films=20 around the state. The Buffalo Creek Memorial Library is sponsoring the = first=20 screening at Man=20 High School on = Saturday,=20 Feb. 25 . For more info on the program, contact Pat Cowdery at (304) = 558-0220.=20 You can find more info on Mimi and Appalshop at http://www.appalshop.org/.

 

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