AbstractAppalshop is a multi-media arts and cultural center located in Central Appalachia. The organization began in 1969 as a branch of the New York-based Community Film Workshop Council (CFWC) founded by the American Film Institute. A grant from the Office of Economic Opportunity supported vocational programs in film and video production to train minorities and youth in communities with high unemployment. CFWC workshop sites were located primarily in urban areas with a few rural sites. The Community Film Workshop of Appalachia was established in the coalfield town of Whitesburg, Kentucky (population 1,200). With limited jobs in media available locally, the expectation was that the Appalachian trainees would leave the area to find work in cities where the media industry existed. However, a core group of workshop trainees regarded their growing media literacy as a tool for countering negative, stereotypical portrayals of rural people in mainstream media.
In 1970 the Community Film Workshop of Appalachia severed its ties with the CFWC and incorporated as the Appalachian Film Workshop, soon shortened to Appalshop. A management and governance structure was
established, and in 1972 the organization received an infusion of funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This funding led to the production of new documentaries, increased distribution of films, and an
expansion of the reputation of the workshop, which attracted new trainees and media activists as well as artists from other fields. Appalshop filmmakers have produced films about all aspects of life in central Appalachia including coal
mining, labor strikes, subsistence farming, traditional crafts, musical expressions, storytelling and Appalachian literature, religious practices, politics, and environmental issues.
Physical DescriptionThe collection consists of:
Film: 16 mm picture and magnetic track, 8 mm;
Video: 1/2-inch open reel, 3/4" Umatic, Betacam SP, D2, VHS, Hi-8, 8mm DVCam and MiniDV video tape;
Audio tape: 1-inch, 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch open reel;
Audio cassette: regular audio cassette, minicassette, DAT, VHS ADAT
Paper: promotional items, correspondence, proposals, clippings and research