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Tom Davenport

TOM DAVENPORT (FOLKSTREAMS PROJECT DIRECTOR) is an independent filmmaker and film distributor living in Delaplane, Virginia. He was graduated from Yale University, went to Hong Kong with a Yale program to teach English in New Asia College, and spent several years in Taiwan studying Chinese language and culture. He began work in film with documentary filmmakers Richard Leacock and Don Pennebacker in New York and made his first independent film in 1969 on the Chinese martial art of T'ai Chi. In 1970 he returned home to rural Virginia and started an independent film company ( with his wife, co-producer and designer, Mimi Davenport. They are best known for a series of live action American adaptations of traditional folktales in series called "From the Brothers Grimm". The last film in that series Willa: An American Snow White is their first feature length film and the winner of the Andrew Carnegie Award from the American Library Association for "Best Children's Film of 1998." With the University of North Carolina Curriculum in Folklore and Daniel Patterson, he has directed and produced a series of folklife documentaries that include Born for Hard Luck (1976), Being a Joines: A Life in the Brushy Mountains (1980), A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle (1986), The Ballad of Frankie Silver (1998), and When My Work Is Over: The Life and Stories of Louise Anderson (1998).

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