Nov 8-12, 2018

The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes, and the Course of Country Music

With Guest Director Beth Harrington

Run Time: 90 Mins USA Language: English


There is a stream that courses through American roots music. Its source is in the Appalachian foothills in a place called Maces Springs, Virginia. It was there that A.P. Carter, his wife Sara, and his sister-in-law Maybelle began their careers as three of the earliest stars of country music. From their days as Victor recording artists to their international success via the phenomenon of Border Radio, the Carter Family made their mark on the history of American recorded music…

The Winding Stream illuminates the saga of the Carter and Cash Family, the dynasty at the heart of country music. Starting with the original Carter Family, this musical documentary traces the transformation of the act into the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle, the marriage of Johnny Cash and June Carter, and their influence through generations of musicians. Interviews and archival discoveries are punctuated with performances by celebrated roots musicians, such as Johnny Cash, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, and others.

“Grammy-nominated filmmaker Beth Harrington has done it again. The former rock ‘n’ roll singer-turned-documentarian who put female rockabilly artists in the spotlight in 2003 with Welcome To The Club now brings us an in-depth exploration of the legendary Carter family, at the core of which stands matron saint, backup singer, guitar, banjo, and autoharp player Maybelle Carter. … Not only a fascinating historical excavation of a family’s enormous contribution to American music, The Winding Streamis also visually stunning. ” – Dani Fish, She Shreds Magazine

Film Details

USA, 2014
Directed by Beth Harrington
Cinematography by Tom Shrider
Editing by Greg Snider Music by Caleb Klauder
Cast: Johnny Cash
Running time: 90 mins

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