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FTF 2013: Harlan County, U.S.A

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Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)

FTF 2013: Harlan County, U.S.A

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USA | 1976 | Documentary | 103 minutes

Director: Barbara Kopple

Producer: Barbara Kopple

Cinematographers: Kevin Keating, Hart Perry

Editors: Nancy Baker, Mirra Bank, Lora Hays, Mary Lampson

Composer: Hazel Dickens, Merle Travis


Barbara Kopple was a 26-year-old New Yorker when she decided to go to a poverty-stricken part of Appalachian Kentucky. There, coal miners were striking against and fighting violent resistance from the management of the Duke Power Company. Harlan County USA is a gripping, unflinching, and deeply intimate film that combines riveting cinéma vérité, startling interviews, newsreel footage, and a mesmerizing country and bluegrass soundtrack that chronicles an eternal American story – the ongoing struggle between the profit demands of capitalism and the needs of the working class. This masterpiece of non-fiction film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and is a true American classic.


Filmmaker bio: Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award winner (for Harlan County USA and American Dream). Running from Crazy, her documentary portrait of Mariel Hemingway, just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her ever-timely 2011 film, Gun Fight, looked at the issues of gun control and gun rights; other films include Wild Man Blues, a close-up look at Woody Allen as he travels through Europe on a clarinet concert tour; Shut Up and Sing, about the Dixie Chicks, who courted controversy by openly criticizing President George W. Bush; and Woodstock: Now and Then, made on the 40th anniversary of the legendary music festival.

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