DocuAppalachia: A Half Century Focus On The Environment (Film, RECAPP 2021)

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kristan Cockerill Ph.D., Associate Professor (Creator)
Elizabeth Lynn (Beth) Davison Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: In 2017 an untitled, silent 16mm film reel from the 1970s was discovered in storage in Boone, NC. The heavily spliced film, made by local photographer George Flowers, juxtaposes images of idyllic Appalachian landscapes with piles of trash, rusting vehicles, black smoke, dirty water and a pig. When Flowers made the film, he was clearly influenced by the psychedelic culture of the day as well as by views at that time about environmental conditions. The 1970s were a watershed moment in American environmental history. Partly because of images like those that George Flowers captured, the Federal government enacted sweeping environmental laws. Now, 50 years later, what might a Flowers-like film reflect? DocuAppalachia compares scenes from the Flowers film to those same scenes in the 21st century and reflects on what has changed and what has remained the same in the rural southern Appalachian mountains.

Additional Information

Davison, E. & Cockerill, K. (2021). DocuAppalachia: A Half Century Focus On The Environment (Film). RECAPP 2021, The Office of Research, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. NC Docks permission granted by author(s)/Creator(s).
Language: English
Date: 2021
RECAPP 2021, Appalachia, film, documentary, landscape, environment

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