Sweet Is the Day: Film Facts
2001, 8mm: Hi8 Video
59 minutes, Color
Description: The story of the Woottens of Sand Mountain, Alabama, one of the key singing families who have helped Sacred Harp music survive and flourish for more than 150 years. The video explores how Sacred Harp singing is about more than just music - it is a life-shaping force, reflected by tradition, deep spiritual belief, and the community that embraces it.
Featuring: Mack Wootten, Chester Wootten, Carnice Wootten, Freeman Wootten
Copyright: 2001, The Alabama Folklife Association
Filmmaker(s): Jim Carnes
Produced by: Erin Kellen
Cinematography: Jonathan Hamilton, Tom Davenport, Alan Lomax, David Murphree, Bill Windom
Editing: Robert Landau, Chris Speck
Sound: Keith Willard, Anne Kimzey
Acknowledgements: Audio mixed by New Century Films, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC. Still Photographs: Syble Wooten Adams, Freeman and Jewel Wooten, Terry and Sheila Wooten, Southern Folklore Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Transcription: Amy Brown, Kevin Harter. With gratitude and affection we dedicate this film to the descendents of Jesse and Beulah Haynes Wooten.Additional thanks to:Joey Brackner, Ceila Carnes, Joyce Cauthen, Jackie Ely, Bess Lomax Hawes, Eileen Knott, Wayne Murphree Associates, Richard Wolf, Association for Cultural Equity at Hunter College, New York, NY, the congregation of Antioch Baptist Church, Ider, Ala., The members of the Haynes Family Reunion, The Peacemaking Class of Immanual Presbyterian Church (USA), Montgomery, Ala.
Funding: This project is supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Folk and Traditional Arts Program, The Folklife Program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts. The Blount Foundation. This project is supported by a grant from the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Community Folklife Program.
Distribution: The Alabama Folklife Association
410 N. Hull Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
Distributor Website: The Alabama Folklife Association
Distributor Telephone: (334) 242-3601
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