Bluegrass, Blackmarket materials, c.1994

Sub-Series ap.afc.07.15

53 Video cassettes
7 Photo prints
1 Boxes
Part of: Appalshop Films Collection, 1969-2015 > Series VII. Appalshop Films 1991-1999 > Bluegrass, Blackmarket materials, c.1994
Scope and Contents
Contains materials related to the color documentary Bluegrass Blackmarket , a 1994 release.  The film looks at the underground economy that has developed around marijuana cultivation in an economically depressed area of eastern Kentucky.   Interviews include: a marijuana grower who demonstrates his techniques for growing the plant and evading the authorities; a prosecuting attorney who discusses the difficulty of trying to convict growers in a community that has come to accept the marijuana trade; and a local newspaper editor on the loss of community pride associated with dependence on an underground economy.   Also included is an account of of a large-scale FBI sting operation that led to the arrest of four local sheriffs on drug trafficking charges.  Subjects include the rural marijuana industry, social conditions and economic conditions in the Appalachian region.