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West Virginia music legend Hazel Dickens is the subject of the documentary film "It's Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song." The film is part of this summer's Appalachian Documentary Film Series in Blowing Rock.

Originally published: 2014-06-02 16:55:05
Last modified: 2014-06-02 16:55:50

BRAHM presents documentary film series

Staff Reports

This summer, as part of its mission to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the mountains we live in, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) is hosting its second Appalachian Documentary Film Series.

BRAHM’s 2013 film series was well-attended and filled with lively discussion, and this year’s series promises to be entertaining and educational as well.

The museum will be screening three very different films that each explores different aspects of the culture and history of the Appalachian Mountains. The films will be followed by a facilitated discussion and question and answer session, as well as complimentary wine and refreshments.

The series will begin on Tuesday, June 10, at 5.30, with a screening of Anne Braden: Southern Patriot. This film follows the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader, whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called “eloquent and prophetic.”

Dr. Sandra Ballard, a scholar of the region and editor of the Appalachian Journal, will facilitate the discussion.

On Tuesday, July 29, The Mystery of George Masa will be screened. This film explores the fascinating character of George Masa, a Japanese photographer who came to the Appalachian Mountains in 1915. His photographic skills and leadership contributed to the creation of a pair of American icons – the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Trail.

Ending the series is Hazel Dickens: It’s Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song, a film about Hazel Dickens, a musician and important songwriter who came from the coalfields of West Virginia and was a pioneering and influential artist in bluegrass and country music. The film features several music performances and interviews with well-known musicians such as Alison Krauss and Naomi Judd.

The cost for each film is $8. For more information, contact Leila Weinstein, BRAHM educational programs coordinator, on (828) 295.9099 ext .3006 or (

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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