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The meaning of art itself comes into question in this documentary about Shelby Lee Adams' controversial photos of families in Appalachia. | Add synopsis »
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Very strong and thought provoking, if arguably flawed See more (7 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Shelby Lee Adams ... Himself
Chad Baker ... Himself
Donnie Benton ... Himself
Burley Childers ... Himself
Homer Childers ... Himself
James Childers ... Himself
Joseph Childers ... Himself
Rosalie Desrochers ... Herself
Roy Childers ... Himself
Debbie Childers ... Herself
Selina Childers ... Herself
Hort Collins ... Himself
Brandon Cooper ... Himself
Johnny Cooper ... Himself
William Gorman ... Himself
Samantha Guy ... Herself
John Hall ... Himself
Louise Hall ... Herself
Emogene Jerry ... Herself
Ralph Jacobs ... Himself
Worley Jacobs ... Herself
Shauna Joseph ... Herself
Stephanie Lynn Joseph ... Herself
Darryl Napier ... Himself
Joe Napier ... Himself
Sally Neace ... Herself
Bill Noble ... Himself
Bobbie Joe Noble ... Himself
Chester Noble ... Himself
Nickie Noble
Rachel Riddle ... Herself
Terry Riddle ... Himself
Ethel Turner ... Herself
Hobart Turner ... Himself
Corrine Zabala ... Herself
Jonathan Zabala ... Himself
Dwight Billings ... Himself - University of Kentucky
John Bennette ... Himself - Art Collector
A.D. Coleman ... Himself
Wendy Ewald ... Herself - Photographer
Vicki Goldberg ... Herself

Mary Ellen Mark ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive sound)
Berthie Napier ... Herself
John Napier ... Himself
Wayne Riddle ... Himself

Directed by
Jennifer Baichwal 
 
Produced by
Jennifer Baichwal .... producer
Nicholas de Pencier .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Nicholas de Pencier 
 
Film Editing by
David Wharnsby 
 
Sound Department
Susan Fairbairn .... sound editor
Susan Fairbairn .... sound effects editor
Craig Mann .... re-recording mixer
Dino Pigat .... re-recording mixer
Justine Pimlott .... sound recordist
Jane Tattersall .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Kathy Choi .... effects editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Renaldo De Souza .... motion-control camera
Ellen Rennard .... still photographer
Kim Tomczak .... video
 
Editorial Department
Christina Battle .... post-production coordinator
Adam Brotherwood .... assistant editor
Rudy Buttignol .... commissioning editor
Curtis Campbell .... assistant editor
Angela Fong .... assistant editor
Jason Gaff .... assistant editor
Lorraine Grant .... colorist (as Lorraine Grant Dipasquale)
Yoni Gutmonovitcz .... assistant editor
Jeff Krebs .... on-line editor
Anita Malhotra .... assistant editor
Desiree Marshall .... assistant editor
Gad Reichman .... assistant editor
Roland Schlimme .... assistant editor
Branko Vasovic .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Steve Pritchard .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Andrew Allan .... production assistant
Elvina Baichwal .... production assistant
Kristine Baichwal .... production assistant
Stephen Bulger .... photographic consultant
Michael Fleming .... production assistant
David Harris .... photographic consultant
Judi Heron .... insurance
Sheila Heti .... transcriptions
Diane Konecny .... insurance
Nadya Marti .... production coordinator
Del Mehes .... tax consultant
Christine Richards .... coordinator
Don Snyder .... photographic consultant
 
Thanks
Kristen Adlhoch .... thanks
Donna Aprile .... thanks
Larry Au .... thanks
Sarah Baird .... thanks
Elizabeth Barrett .... thanks
Murray Battle .... thanks
Marc Boulay .... thanks
Naomi Boxer .... thanks
Betsy Carey .... thanks
Grace Carnale-Davis .... thanks (as Grace Carnale)
Tracy Clare .... thanks
Hort Collins .... in memoriam
Leairon Collins .... thanks
Oma Jean Collins .... thanks
Jason Cooper .... thanks
Jimmy Cooper .... thanks
Donigan Cumming .... thanks
Peter Czerski .... thanks
Christopher Donaldson .... thanks
Catherine Edelman .... thanks
Niv Fichman .... thanks
Fairy Mae Fogle .... thanks
Shirley Fogle .... thanks
Brenda Hall .... thanks
Diana Hall .... thanks
Joeh Hall .... thanks
Jonathan Hall .... thanks
Karen Hall .... thanks
Lola Hall .... thanks
Paul Hall .... thanks
Richard Hall .... thanks
Timothy Hall .... thanks
V. Tony Hauser .... thanks
Peter Higdon .... thanks
B.J. Hurt .... thanks
Burchal Hurt .... thanks
Patrick Hörl .... thanks (as Patrick Hoerl)
Danny Irom .... special thanks
Monette Ison .... thanks
Quentin Ison .... thanks
Darlene Jacobs .... in memoriam
Kizzie Joseph .... thanks
Martha Joseph .... thanks
Ali Kazimi .... thanks
Anne Leaf .... special thanks
Chris MacDonald .... thanks
Sheena Macdonald .... thanks
Anne MacKenzie .... thanks
Alan Mirabelli .... thanks
Coleman Morgen .... thanks
Arlene Moscovitz .... thanks
Berthie Napier .... in memoriam
John Napier .... in memoriam
Simon Nasht .... thanks
Whitney Neace .... thanks
Britney Noble .... thanks
David Noble .... thanks
Lloyd Dean Noble .... thanks
Michael Noble .... thanks
Pairet Noble .... thanks
Wayne Riddle .... in memoriam
Barbara Steinman .... thanks
Barbara Willis Sweete .... thanks
Phyllis Turner .... thanks
Sarah Turner .... thanks
Stephanie Turner .... thanks
Serge Vaisman .... thanks
Larry Vonalt .... thanks
Larry Weinstein .... thanks
Philip Zabala .... thanks
Horst Zeidler .... thanks
 

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75 min | Canada:75 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Very strong and thought provoking, if arguably flawed, 3 September 2011
Author: runamokprods from US

Very interesting documentary about Appalachian photographer Shelby Lee Adams, and the ongoing debate as to whether his photos are too "faked" or staged, and whether they reinforce stereotypes about Appalachia and its people.

Or whether they use valid techniques to reveal deep insight into a time, place, and way of life.

Whatever your philosophy about the "truth" of photos, there is no arguing that many of the images are striking and powerful indeed.

Yet somehow the film stays just a touch too much on the surface. While seeing the worlds of religious snake handlers, etc is fascinating, and some of the intellectual arguments about Shelby"s work are interesting (although tilted towards Shelby by the choice of supercilious, obnoxious commentators on the critical side), the documentary never feels quite as deep or as interesting as the photos themselves.

Yet, all my carping aside, this is strong and well worth seeing on balance, especially if you have any interest in photography, the Appalachian world or the ever ongoing debate on what is "truth" in art.

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