Ashpet: An American Cinderella (1989)

“Ashpet” is an American version of the Cinderella story, set in the rural South in the early years of World War II. The title for Tom Davenport’s film was borrowed from an Appalachian folktale collected by Richard Chase and published in his Grandfather Tales. “Ashpet” derives from the German “Aschenputtel,” which is the title of the Grimm brothers’ version of the Cinderella tale. The term originally designated a lowly, dirty kitchenmaid who tends to the fireplace ashes. There is also an English version called “Ashey Pelt.” 

Cast:  Kelly Mancini (Ashpet), Susan Tolbert (Thelma), Brilane Bowman (Sooey), Nancy Robinette (Stepmother), Lousie Anderson (Dark Sally), Norman Aronovic (Norman), Timothy White (Herman), Michell Riggs (William)

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Awards

CINE Golden Eagle, American Film Festival, Blue Ribbon, Parent's Choice award.

Licensing

For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Tom Davenport, the distributor Davenport Films, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Tom Davenport
  • Produced by: Tom and Mimi Davenport
  • Cinematographer: Tom Kaufman
  • Sound: Michael Delalla
  • Editor: Randy Horte with Thom Sheperd
  • Other Credits: Sarah Toth (Casting and Associate director), Barry Dornfeld (Production Manager), Doug Ball (Sets)
  • Funding: National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©Tom Davenport, 1989
  • 45 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Folktales (adaptations)