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Madison County Project: Documenting the Sound

Film by Martha King, Rob Roberts
Produced by Martha King, Rob Roberts
Cinematographer: Martha King, Rob Roberts, Judd Williamson
Sound: Martha King, Rob Roberts
Editing: Martha King, Rob Roberts
Copyright: 2005, Martha King & Rob Roberts
24 minutes, Color
Original format: DV Mini, 2005
Distributor: Other
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Madison County Project: Documenting the Sound examines the tradition of unaccompanied ballad singing in Madison County, North Carolina and how both documentary work and the power of family and community have influenced that tradition. The film focuses on John Cohen and Peter Gott's film and recording work in Madison County in the 1960s as well as the voices of today's ballad singers such as Sheila Kay Adams, Donna Ray Norton, Denise Norton O'Sullivan, and DeeDee Norton Buckner. The film is a joint project between two graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Part of the project is to create a more transparent form of documentary that invites participation from those featured in the film, advisors, and the general public. To that end, the filmmakers established a production blog at where they post status reports, make available the latest edits of the film, and solicit comments on their work.