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

We’ve had some good news come our way here at Winding Stream headquarters and, of course, we want to share it with you.

We’ve recently learned that The Winding Stream will receive two prestigious film arts grants.  This is a big boon as we make our push toward raising finishing funds to complete the film.

The first of the two grants is an Access to Artistic Excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for $20,000.  This grant encourages and supports artistic creativity, preserves America’s diverse cultural heritage, and makes the arts more widely available in communities throughout the country. It provides opportunities for artists to create, refine, perform, and exhibit their work, as well as preserve cultural traditions. In our case, this means that we will be able to make much more progress on editing the film.

The second of the two grants comes from indie film advocate Carole Dean of From the Heart Productions. This grant is called the Roy W. Dean NYC Grant which provides over $30,000 in in-kind services from a variety of donors in the film industry. Here is a list of the generous firms donating goods and services to the project:

Glue Editing & Design

Entertainment Partners/Movie Magic


Michael Wiese Productions

Silver Sound

East of Hollywood

Fernanda Rossi

BZ/Rights & Permissions


Edgewise Media

Norman Berns


This will assist greatly in defraying post-production costs. In 1992 Carole created the Roy W. Dean Grant Foundation in honor of her late father. To date Carole’s grant and mentorship programs have provided filmmakers with millions of dollars in goods and services and have played an instrumental role in establishing the careers of some of the industry’s most promising filmmakers. From the Heart has given close to $2,000,000 in over 35 grants. We’re grateful to be among this number.

We’ve also found out we’re still in the running for some other funds. But meanwhile, a group is forming here in Vancouver, Washington to assist in raising short-term funds as well as identify potential corporate sponsors for the film.  We’re calling it The Carter-Cash Council and the support of this growing advisory board is greatly appreciated.

We keep pluggin’ away.  Thanks for your support.  More bulletins as events warrant!

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