A collaboration between musician, Vic Rawlings, and filmmaker and long-time affiliate of the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, Jeff Silva, Linefork is an immersive meditation on the passage of time and the persistent resonance of place. The film follows the daily rituals of an elderly couple living in Kentucky's Appalachian Mountains. Now well into his eighties, Lee Sexton is the last living link to the distant past of a regional American music. A retired coal miner with black lung, Lee and his wife, Opal, continue to farm the land where he was born. Together they face encroaching health concerns and stark economic realities. Recorded over three years, Linefork is an observational film documenting their marriage, their community, their resilience, and the raw yet delicate music of an unheralded banjo legend.
A Q&A will follow the screening.
Join us after the screening in the Regent Street Cinema bar for a drink and live music. Sponsored by The Five Points Brewing Company.
Dan Stewart and Dave Arthur
Dan Stewart and Dave Arthur are two thirds of the trio Rattle On the Stovepipe. They have recorded half-a-dozen albums of Anglo-Appalachian music for Wildgoose Records.
Dave was influenced many years ago by film recordings he discovered of Morgan Sexton, Lee Sexton's banjo-playing uncle, in Appalshop, the Appalachian study centre in Whitesburg, Kentucky.
Both have spent time in the Appalachians learning from and playing with older traditional musicians from this region.