Jeff Silva (Co-Director/Cinematographer/Editor) is an artist, teacher, and curator based in Boston. He studied Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College and received a Master in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. His films and installations have been exhibited at festivals, galleries and in museums internationally, including: MoMA's Documentary Fortnight, The Viennale, Visions du Reel, Valdivia International Film Festival, Flahertiana, and DocAviv. Jeff was a teaching fellow at Harvard University from 2006-2009, where he taught and helped develop the curriculum, along with Lucien Taylor, for The Sensory Ethnography Lab, a practice-­based program of visual anthropology exploring the interstices of art, anthropology and documentary film.

Vic Rawlings (Co-Director/Cinematographer/Editor) is a musician, instrument builder, sound installation artist, filmmaker, and freelance teacher based in western Massachusetts. He bought his first motion picture camera in 2012 to begin work on Linefork. Rawlings is also active as an electroacoustic musician, most often using an amplified/prepared cello and an electronic instrument of his own design and build. Visiting artist/teaching residencies have included Oberlin Conservatory, MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Wesleyan. His teaching interests include listening actions, collective sound-based improvisation, and electroacoustic instrument building, as well as more conventional forms of music (electric and acoustic guitar/banjo/mandolin) ranging widely in style.

In addition to film sound, Ernst Karel (Sound Design/Mix) makes experimental nonfiction sound works and electroacoustic music. His recent projects are edited/composed using unprocessed location recordings; in performance he sometimes combines location recordings with analog electronics to create pieces which move between the abstract and the documentary. Other films on which he has done postproduction include The Iron Ministry, Manakamana, Leviathan, and Sweetgrass.

Recorded 2012 to 2015 in Linefork, Kentucky

CAMERA / SOUND / EDITING
Jeff Daniel Silva
Vic Rawlings

SOUND DESIGN / MIX
Ernst Karel

Colorist
Isotta Trastevere

FEATURING
Lee Sexton
Opal Sexton

MUSICIANS
Lee Sexton
John Haywood
Scotty Allen Williams
Brett Ratliff
Nathan Polly
Rich Kirby
Jack Adams
Jordan Jenkins

ADDITIONAL FILMING LOCATIONS
IN LETCHER & PERRY COUNTIES

Blackey
Carbon Glow
Carcassonne
Cornettsville
Hallie
Hazard
Isom
Leatherwood
Letcher
Whitesburg

MUSIC
Mustache On a Cabbage Head
Groundhog
Salt Creek
Shady Grove
Leather Britches
Tennessee Breakdown
Cripple Creek
John Hardy
Bonaparte's Retreat
Cumberland Gap
Gathering Flowers From The Hillside
John Lewis
False True Lover
Last Of Callahan

 

SPECIAL THANKS
Elizabeth Witte


Hampshire College
Hazard Medical Mall
Holcomb's Custard
HVH Films
Isom Super Dollar
Isom IGA
Sensory Ethnography Lab, Harvard University
Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife And Cultural Heritage
Vanderbilt University Film Department
Words and Music Festival

THANKS
Appalshop
Blackey Senior Center
Blair Branch Old Regular Baptist Church
The Blue Goose Liquor Store
Campbell’s Branch / Linefork Community Center
Carcassonne Community Center
Deane Mining
Documentary Educational Resources
Ed’s Barber Shop
The Film Study Center, Harvard University


Katie Martin
Wyatt Mason
Bryant Matthews
Clayton Mattos
Jake Meginsky
Elsa Minisini
Michelle Mizner
Bill Nace
Autumn Niece
Doug Niece
Ben Paul
Elisabeth Pawlowski
David Pendleton
Nicolas Pereda
Jeff Place
David Poullard
Abraham Ravett
David Redmon
David Rockermann
Shawna Kay Rodenberg
Joao Pedro Rodrigues
Linea Rowe
Pete Ryan
Ashley Sabin
Karen Stein Shanley
Matthew Shanley
JP Sniadecki
Erin Stidham
Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Hannah Tennant-Moore
Peter Trachtenberg
Tony Trischka
Vincent Tuset-Anres
Boris Vassallo
Charlie Whitaker
Christine Whitaker
Scotty Allen Williams
Sasha Wiseman
Alan Witte
Susan Witte

THANKS
Greg Adams
Alice Apley
Luis Arnias
Frank Aveni
Ramona Badescu
Colin Brant
Lydia Brassard
Bill Burke
James Caudill
Daniel Chalfen
Andrea Chignoli
Warren Cockerham
Scott Combs
Karen Corday
Ed Couch
David Daniel
Dave Dougan
Morgan Evans-Weiler
Jennifer Fay
Marc Fields
Emmanuelle Germain
Jane Gillooly
Danny Gromfin
John Haywood
Jon Henrikson
Rodolphe Hessmann
Heather Hoglund
Lydia Howarth
Caroline Hubert
Dale Johnson
Lee Clay Johnson
Stephanie Kenney
Susan Kennedy
Lutz Koepnick
Anne Kubik
Matthew Kustafik
Steven LaFond
Irina Leimbacher
Amy Linch
Shawn Lind
Ruth Lingford

Supported by Sensory Ethnography Lab and Les Autres Films.