We've seen most of John Sayles' films, including Matewan.
Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
-Strumelia proverb c.1990
There are plenty of films about mountain miners as well. Have you ever seen Matewan?
I'm glad you enjoyed the film. The music is pretty special.
We watched the film on Amazon Prime. Had a laugh because Brian couldn't find it for the longest time until I pointed out that he was searching for "mountain miner" instead of "mountain minor".
We definitely enjoyed it! The music was great. Enjoyed seeing Dan Gellert playing 'old' Charlie... Dan is considered one of the top five current living oldtime musician fiddlers. He's amazing. Elizabeth LaPrelle's ballad singing was magical. And the little kid playing young Charlie was wonderful.
I might not ever have noticed this movie- thanks Dusty!
I haven't yet gotten to see the film yet really want to! When the film came to uptown Athens OH earlier this year we had flooding type rains and didn't go. The film was pretty low budget-- we kicked in a bit on their fundraising project. Our internet isn't the best so we don't buy movies to stream. Maybe someday I'll get to watch it. They're coming out with a music project based on the film soon, I think.
Hey folks. Anyone interested in traditional fiddle tunes will love the movie The Mountain Minor (2019) written and directed by Dale Farmer. It is available on Amazon Prime Video right now but will probably be around on PBS stations soon if it hasn't been already.
The film is the story of young Charlie, growing up on a farm in Kentucky and learning the fiddle from his grandfather. But the Depression forces his family to move to new opportunities in Ohio. He eventually retires to move back but also teaches his own grandson the old tunes. So the film depicts the passing on of musical traditions over four generations.
As a film it is good, but not great. The story is sometimes simplistic and predictable and the dialogue and acting a bit staid at times. However, the MUSIC IS GREAT! I'm sure the soundtrack will be out soon if it isn't already. According to my notes, here is a list of the tunes in the film:
Hickory Jack (which both begins and ends the film and is a kind of theme)
Fiddler a Dram
Old Jimmy Sutton
Short Time Here, Long Time Gone
Glory in the Meeting House
Sally in the Turnip Patch
Old Regular Melody
Shaking Down the Acorns
Ways of the World
Bushy Fork of John's Creek
Paddy on the Turnpike
The Day is Past and Gone
Across the Ohio