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HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW 2003, 26:40
Ethel Caffie-Austin, West Virginia ’s first lady of gospel music, performs and teaches African American spirituals, hymns, and contemporary gospel songs. "Captures her in all her spendid humanity and holy devotion," Jude Binder, director Heartwood Dance Company
Dallas Film Festival; International Festival of Cinema and Technology: St. Louis Film Festival.

MORGAN SEXTON: BANJO PLAYER FROM BULL CREEK 1991, 29:00
Eastern Kentucky's Morgan Sexton cut his first banjo out of the bottom of a lard bucket, and some seventy years later won the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Award for his "amazingly pure and unaffected singing and playing style." Listen to Morgan Sexton.
"Morgan Sexton has endured the Depression, cultivated a mountain farm and survived the hazards of a mining career with an impressive dignity and presence. He is truly a national treasure, and this wonderful portrait allows us to enter his life." -Loyal Jones, Director, Appalachian Center, Berea College

LILY MAY LEDFORD 1988, 29:00
Lily May Ledford--the original "banjo-pickin' girl"--led the Coon Creek Girls, the first all-woman stringband on radio. The program includes footage of Lily May performing and interviews and comments from scholars and musician friends about her struggle for autonomy in the music business and the role she played in the commercialization of mountain folk culture.
"Pure delight for those interested in the history of commercial country recordings and early radio." -The Old-Time Herald. "A tribute to her life and career in music" -Jeff Titon, Brown University, Journal of American Folklore

MINNIE BLACK'S GOURD BAND 1988, 29:00
Minnie Black is ninety years old but she's still making music and art out of the gourds she grows in her backyard garden in East Bernstadt, Kentucky.
"Not to be missed!" -Eric John, The New York Center for Urban Folk Culture.
"Delightful story of a woman rich with love, joy of life, imagination and creativity." -Bob Gates, Director, Kentucky Folklife Program
City Lore Festival of Film and Video, New York, Museum of Modern Art, Retirement Research Foundation--Silver Owl Award

SARAH BAILEY 1984, 29:00
From Bledsoe in Harlan County, Kentucky, a portrait of e of Appalachia's finest weavers and corn shuck artists.
"From her corn shuck dolls and flowers to spinning wool and cooking the daily meal, Sarah makes every aspect of her life a work of art. This program is as much about sharing and Sarah's need to pass on her treasures to others as it is about the wonderful things that she creates." -Bob Gates, Director, Kentucky Folklife Program