Madison County Project (2005)

About the Film

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 www.madisoncountyproject.org where they post status reports, make available the latest edits of the film, and solicit comments on their work.

Licensing

For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Rob Roberts, Martha King, the distributor Other, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Rob Roberts, Martha King
  • Produced by: Martha King, Rob Roberts
  • Cinematographer: Martha King, Rob Roberts, Judd Williamson
  • Sound: Martha King, Rob Roberts
  • Editor: Martha King, Rob Roberts
  • Original Format: DV Mini
  • ©2005, Martha King & Rob Roberts
  • 24 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    MusicRegionalWomen