The Winding Stream - The Carters, The Cashes and the Course of Country Music



Portland Premiere of the Winding Stream – May 3!

We’ve got the Pacific Northwest Premiere of The Winding Stream coming up on May 3! Tickets on sale now! Click this link!

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Southern Circuit. Fourth Stop. Gallatin, Tennessee.

The Palace Theatre in Greater Gallatin. A movie house rescued by the community and lovingly brought back to life. The fourth stop on my Southern Circuit tour. Tonight’s screening was prefaced by an email from Director of the Nashville Film Festival (where the film will screen next week after the Circuit is done). Women in […]

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Clifton center

Southern Circuit. Third Stop. Louisville, KY.

Louisville as a city is both a grande dame (think stately Victorian structures; the graceful Ohio River; the expansive bonnets of Kentucky Derby day) and a rambunctious brother (think a skilled, proud and purposely boastful Muhammed Ali; the revered manufacturer of baseball’s favorite tool, the Louisville Slugger bat; and that smooth yet hard hitting beverage, […]

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Southern Circuit. Second Stop. Miramar, Florida.

A warm and wonderful reception at the opulent Miramar Cultural Center in Florida. The evening was hosted by the equally warm and wonderful Jo Marie Payton, cultural ambassador for the center, actress and educator. Her enthusiasm for other creative people was instructive and infectious! Many thanks to her!

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Southern Circuit. First Stop. Augusta, Georgia

Nice showing a film about music icons of the South in a town that was the home of another music icon of the South. Augusta, GA. Home of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The screening at the Morris Museum of Art was gratifying. Lots of folks in the room seemed to have a real […]

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SXSW Premiere Beth Q & Q

The Winding Stream Hits the Festival Circuit

There’s a lot of excitement in my world these days. After more than a decade, I’m showing something to the world that I’ve long been promising. I’m screening The Winding Stream at festivals. In the last two weeks I’ve attended both SXSW and the Cleveland International Film Festival. Very different events in terms of approach […]

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Flowing to the Sea

So the winding stream has come down from Clinch Mountain and mingled with many other streams, tributaries and rivers and is now rushing to the big sea. Which is to say that the story of the Original Carter Family and their descendants, many years in the making by a team of dedicated filmmakers, is now […]

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Girls sing and play

Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘n’ Sara ‘n’ Maybelle

While taking nothing away from A.P. Carter as a master arranger and songwriter, it is important to note that the two central musicians at the “Big Bang of Country Music” were women. As one of its first voices, Sara Carter gave an eerie, Gothic feel to old-timey singing that defined the genre. And Maybelle Carter […]

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The Original Carters

Why We Persevere

Lots of you are well aware that we began shooting The Winding Stream in 2003. Nine years ago this summer. Last night I saw a friend who told me he was absolutely amazed that we’d stuck with this that long. It wasn’t meant as criticism. But still, he was baffled. I joked that I was […]

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Maybelle autoharp Gibson

Guest Blogger – Ma Joad!

The following is a lovely testimonial about the importance of Mother Maybelle Carter and the aspirations of The Winding Stream project by our patroness and friend, the amazing Vikki Mee. Many thanks to her for her encouragement and vision.   Hello Winding Stream Fans! I have been a supporter and fan of this project, The […]

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