Thursday, February 26, 2009

UGA Presents Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People

A four-part series chronicling the history of one of Earth’s oldest mountain ranges and its inhabitants will be shown March 2-3 on the University of Georgia Campus. On Monday, March 2, the first half of Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in 102 Miller Learning Center. The second half is slated for Wednesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in 171 Miller Learning Center. Filmmakers Ross Spears and Jamie Ross will be present to introduce and discuss the film. The showing is free and open to the public.

According to the film’s producers the James Agee Film Project, the Appalachian Mountains and its people provide the most revelations about the ancient history of America. In addition, more that is believed to be true about this area is false than in any other region in the country.

The film event is co-sponsored by the EcoFocus Film Festival (a production of the Odum School of Ecology), the history department, the anthropology department and the Institute of Native American Studies.

“These films are a great example of the kind of film the EcoFocus environmental film festival would like to highlight at the festival and through our year-round programming,” said EcoFocus managing director Sara Beresford. “This is a really unique opportunity to see these films on a large screen and have the filmmakers present. We’re thrilled to co-sponsor this event.”

The series is narrated by Sissy Spacek with commentary by several UGA faculty members. Ten years in the making, the film series weaves together the fields of science and humanity in telling the story of how the mountains have shaped the inhabitants and vice versa.

For more information on the series, see the official film Web site at:

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