Five Must See And Free Documentaries on Western North Carolina

Moog | A Documentary Film by Hans Fjellestad

Moog, the film, takes us inside the mind of this legendary figure as he shares his ideas about creativity, design, interactivity and spirituality. To this day Moog continues to shape musical culture with some of the most inspiring instruments ever created.

The Day Carl Sandburg Died

 Produced by Asheville’s Bonesteel Films, a dynamic exploration into the life and work of the iconic American writer, Carl Sandburg. The film delves into the complex social and political events that shaped his life and his work while celebrating his contributions in poetry, history, journalism, music and children’s literature with a modern perspective. Premiering in September 2012 on PBS’ American Masters, the film has won several awards.

“Equal parts poet, troubadour, journalist, historian and philosopher, Carl Sandburg was a true iconoclast and stood as one of the most towering and singular cultural figures of the 20th century.”

Fully Awake: Black Mountain College

Black Mountain College (1933-1957) was an influential experiment in education in Western North Carolina that inspired and shaped 20th century modern art. The film uses narration, archival photography, and interviews with former students, teachers, and historians to explore the schools beginnings, its unique education methods, and how its collaborative curriculum inspired innovation that changed the very definition of art.

View for free (with trail subscription at Fandor)

Trail of Tears

Nearly a quarter of the Cherokee Nation froze or starved to death on the trail to Oklahoma Indian Territory. This video explores America’s darkest period: President Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma in 1838. Nearly a quarter of the Cherokee National died during the Trail of Tears, arriving in Indian Territory with few elders and even fewer children. Presented by Wes Studi and narrated by James Earl Jones.

This is the Last Dam Run of Likker I’ll Ever Make

Popcorn Sutton had made a home movie of himself making moonshine in 1998, which he sold on VHS tape out of his Maggie Valley Junk shop, at the bend of the road heading out of town towards Soco Gap and Cherokee. The film had the same title as his self-penned book, “Me and My Likker,” and was re-released by Sutton in 2009 as “Popcorn Sutton Making Likker a Long Time Ago.” After working with Neal Hutcheson on the documentary film Mountain Talk (released in 2002), the two teamed up to produce a new film with Popcorn making moonshine. Hutcheson produced the first cut for Popcorn to sell and it was available for many years exclusively on VHS tape from the man himself. The footage was reworked into the award-winning PBS release “The Last One” (released in 2008) However, the legend of the original film, “last run,” was growing even as it was becoming almost impossible to find. The film was remastered and released as a bonus feature with the 10th anniversary edition of “The Last One” in 2012.


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