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FOLKSTREAMS: Staff, Advisors, and Consultants.


TOM DAVENPORT (FOLKSTREAMS 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 The Shakers 1974, 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), When My Work Is Over: The Life and Stories of Louise Anderson (1998), and Remembering the High Lonesome (2003)

MIMI DAVENPORT (FINANCIAL MANAGER, ARTISTIC DESIGNER) Mimi Davenport is a Fine Arts graduate of Cornell University. She and her husband Tom Davenport founded Davenport Films in 1971. Their collaborative work to date includes eleven dramatic interpretations of traditional tales for children. She acted as designer and artistic director for these films, which have received top awards from the American Film Festival (three blue ribbons and one red ribbon), the San Francisco, Sinking Creek, Chicago, Athens, Houston, and Atlanta Film Festivals, CINE, and others. Their last fairytale film Willa: An American Snow White is a full-length feature with period customs and sets. It won the 1998 Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association for "Best Children's Film" of the year. Mimi Davenport also designed the PBS web site that accompanied the film.

STEVE KNOBLOCK (DATABASE AND ADMINISTRATION DESIGNER) is an independent website consultant and developer of website applications living in Arlington, Virginia. Steve has been hired to develop the Folkstreams MySQL database. Since 1995 he has continuously operated an extensive website, City Gallery, devoted to the study of historical gallery photographers and their works, nineteenth-century social use of photographs and help and encouragement to family historians seeking to rediscover their family photographs and create narrative histories based on their discoveries. He developed an online photo album system for sharing photographs on his site, which was released as open source software. This software has been used by various sites including the Army Corp of Engineers Navigation Database. Currently develops and maintains a website, devoted to providing technical help to web application programmers developing database driven websites using PHP and other open source tools. Since 1996 he owned and administrated an email discussion list on family history and antique photographs, attempting to bring together archival experts with those most in need of help preserving their individual family photo collections. The list continues as the GenPhoto list on Yahoo Groups. Occasionally served as temporary list administrator for the original history of photography email discussion group, PhotoHst, operated by Richard Pearce Moses email discussion group hosted at Arizona State University (now defunct). Also in 1996 developed custom software to make subscription management for this list easy to use by members from anywhere through their web browser. He consults on database driven website development for small business and, indirectly, for non-profit clients.


JOEY BRACKNER (COMMITTEE CHAIR) is the coordinator of the Alabama State Council on the Arts Folklife Program. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Alabama in Anthropology and received his MA from the University of Texas in Folklore and Geography. His publications include "Elder Benjamin Lloyd and his 'Hymn Book'" and "The 'Primitive Hymns:' Descriptions of Extant Editions" in Benjamin Lloyd's Hymn Book: A Primitive Baptist Song Tradition, ed. Joyce Cauthen (Birmingham: Alabama Folklife Association, 1999, "Made in Alabama: Alabama Folk Pottery and Its Creators" in Made In Alabama: A State Legacy, an exhibition catalog edited by Bryding Adams (Birmingham Museum of Art, 1995), and "An Overview of 19th Century Alabama Tombstones and their Makers" in Southern Quarterly, 31, No. 2 (Winter 1993). He co-produced the 1989 film Unbroken Tradition: Jerry Brown's Pottery (1989), and edited and co-produce the CD and book "Spirit of Steel": Music of the Mines, Railroads and Mills of the Birmingham District (Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, 1999). He is the current editor of Tributaries: Journal of the Alabama Folklife Association.

ELIZABETH BARRET is a film/video maker with Appalshop, the community-based media, arts, and education center in Whitesburg, Kentucky. She is the producer/director of Stranger with a Camera, a documentary about the consequences of image-making that uses the 1967 story of a filmmaker shot and killed by a local resident in Kentucky as the basis for exploring issues of media representation. The video premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and aired nationally on the PBS series "P.O.V.," the award-winning showcase for independent non-fiction film. Her documentary productions allow people to speak for themselves, telling first-hand accounts of their life experiences regarding the history of a place (Long Journey Home [1987]), its culture (Hand Carved [1980] and Quilting Women [1976]), and social concerns of Appalachia (Coalmining Women, [1982]). She also collaborated with Andy Garrison to produce two short films (Fat Monroe [1990] and Night Ride [1992]), literary adaptations of stories by Kentucky author Gurney Norman. In 1993 Elizabeth served as project director for an archival photographic project and curated the NEA-funded exhibit "Folk Photographer: William 'Pictureman' Mullins," which toured under the sponsorship of the Southern Arts Federation. A native of Hazard, Ky., and a graduate of the University of Kentucky, Barrett has received the Kentucky Arts Council's Al Smith Fellowship in Media, an NEA Southeast Media Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship.

BARRY DORNFELD is Director and Associate Professor of the Communication Program at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He is a documentary filmmaker and sound recordist, media researcher, and educator. His documentary work, which has been shown on public television and won awards at festivals and competitions, includes Powerhouse for God, Gandy Dancers, and Plenty of Good Women Dancers: African-American Women Hoofers in Philadelphia. Dornfeld has also published research on media organizations, media reception and cultural performance, including Producing Public Television, Producing Public Culture (1998, Princeton University Press), an ethnography of a PBS documentary series. Dornfeld also consults for non-profit organizations. He received his doctorate from the Annenberg School for Communication and the certificate of the Anthropology Film Center in New Mexico.

BLAINE DUNLAP, pioneering folklore video documentarian, studied cinema verite editing with Stephen Schmidt and experimental television with David Dowe at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University. In 1974 he was invited to join Broadside TV, the Tennessee-based community video cooperative. In 1975 he teamed up with video artist Sol Korine; on 12/27/1977, their “Showdown at the Hoedown,” became the first folklore video documentary to be nationally broadcast on Public Broadcasting System (PBS). The partners made “Hamper McBee: Raw Mash,” presented byWNET-TV's “Non-Fiction Television to PBS April 6, 1979; and “The Uncle Dave Macon Program,” presented by the Georgia Education Television's Network (GETV) to PBS December 7, 1980.

On May 28, 1981, GETV/PBS began airing Korine-Dunlap's “Southbound” a ten-part anthology roots music series consisting of three new works, “Mouth Music,” (Korine- Dunlap); “Give the World a Smile,” (Gretchen Robinson); “Gimble's Swing,” (Ken Harrison): and seven national premieres, including“Give My Poor Heart Ease,” (William Ferris): “Chulas Fronteras,”(Les Blank)” and “Fannie Bell Chapman” (Judy Pieser); and “This Cat Can Play Anything, (Stevenson Palfi, Andrew Kolker, and Eddie Kurtz). The series gave most American television viewers their very first video experience with the Blues, Tex-Mex, Black Gospel,White Gospel, Cajun,Western Swing, and traditional Appalachian music.

Dunlap went on to make documentaries for Turner Broadcasting, work in client-based production, write and direct independent drama, and co-produce “AreWe On.?” and “Played In the USA,” for the Learning Channel. Blaine Dunlap is a Guggenheim Fellow and lives in New Orleans with his two young daughters, where he now devotes full time to identifying and preserving the work of independent videomakers.

GLENN HINSON, is the current chair of the Curriculum in Folklore at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been actively exploring the expressive worlds of the South for more than a quarter of a century. Throughout this period, he has sought to foster public conversations about cultural tradition and cultural policy, always with an eye toward broad accessibility and collaborative presentation. Towards this end, Hinson has organized festivals and concerts, produced recordings of traditional music, helped develop museum exhibits, worked in a variety of public education projects, and served as consultant on more than fifteen video and film documentaries. He is currently co-directing the "Curriculum, Music, and Community" project, a public education initiative designed to restructure elementary school curricula around the study of local musics. Much of his current research centers on African American gospel singing, yielding the recently published book, "Fire in My Bones."

PAUL JONES is a computer scientist and poet. He also holds an appointment to faculties of the School of Information and Library Science, where he teaches about cultural, legal and technical issues on the Internet, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he teaches about virtual communities as well as audio and video on the Internet. Through a report to the Vice Chancellor for Information Technology at the University of North Carolina, he runs one of the original WWW sites in the world (back to 1992) called, previously known as and is already one of the busiest educational servers on the Net and has for years been a major distributor of Open Source software and documentation. Additionally is the home to UNC's "Documenting the American South" project and the Creative Commons project. His interests and expertise include electronic news, electronic publishing, collaborative environments and applications, digital libraries, wide area information protocols and applications, virtual communities, virtual reality uses as well as social and legal issues relating to networked information and access including intellectual property, first amendment issues, anonymity and information access. He also has an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and his work has received The Carolina Quarterly Poetry Prize and prizes from Southern Humanities Review, Hellas, and others.

BEVERLY B. PATTERSON is a Folklife Specialist at the North Carolina Arts Council in Raleigh, where she researches and documents the state's traditional artists and culture, administers a grants program and grant-supported projects in cultural tourism, and consults on a wide variety of public folk arts projects. She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology with a Folklore minor from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has served co-editor for Film and Videotape Reviews for the Journal of American Folklore and has consulted on films in the "American Traditional Culture Series" produced jointly by Tom Davenport Films and the UNC Curriculum in Folklore. With Wayne Martin and Daniel Patterson she edited a Smithsonian Folkways CD entitled Doug and Jack Wallin: Family Songs and Stories from the North Carolina Mountains (1995). In 1995 the University of Illinois Press published her book The Sound of the Dove: Singing in Appalachian Primitive Baptist Churches, and its accompanying cassette of documentary recordings. She is the editor of the Cultural Institutions Section of the Encyclopaedia of Appalachia, to be published by the University of Tennessee Press.

DANIEL W. PATTERSON is a Kenan Professor Emeritus of English and former chair of the Curriculum in Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Fellow of the American Folklore Society. He has taught courses in "British and American Folksong" and "Folklore in the South," is a founder of the Southern Folklife Collection in the UNC library, and has published ten books (including The Shaker Spiritual, Sounds of the South, Diversities of Gifts, and Arts in Earnest), three sound recordings, and articles on American folklore. He and his wife Beverly Patterson served as Film Review Editors for the Journal of American Folklore from 1991-1993, and he has collaborated with Tom Davenport on five folklife documentary films. In 1997-98 he was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center, and had a residency in 1999 at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center. The University of North Carolina Press in 2000 published his book A Tree Accurst: Bobby McMillon and Stories of Frankie Silver, which grew out of his collaboration with Tom Davenport on the video The Ballad of Frankie Silver. Patterson is at work on a book about early Presbyterian grave markers in the Carolinas and Pennsylvania.

TOM RANKIN is Director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where he teaches courses in documentary studies and photography. A photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist, Rankin has been documenting and interpreting American culture for nearly twenty years. Formerly Associate Professor of Art and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi and Chair of the Art Department at Delta State University, he was educated at Tufts University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Georgia State University. A native of Kentucky, he has published numerous articles and reviews on photography and southern culture. He co-produced two documentary record albums, "Great Big Yam Potatoes": Anglo-American Fiddle Music from Mississippi (and Free Hill: A Sound Portrait of a Rural Afro-American Community. He is the co-director and co-producer of the film documentary film Powerhouse for God. He has curated a number of exhibitions, among them "Maggie Lee Sayre: A Pictorial Narrative of a River Life" and "Revealing Visions: African-American Mississippi Artists." His photographs have been published widely numerous magazines, journals, and books, and he has exhibited throughout the country. In 1991 he was awarded the Susan B. Herron fellowship in the visual arts from the Mississippi Arts Commission. His books include Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993), which received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography, Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre': Photographs of a River Life (1995), and Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain (1997). He recently served as a curator for the Mississippi Delta program at the Smithsonian's 1997 Festival of American Folklife and is currently writing a book about contemporary life in the Mississippi Delta.

SHARON R. SHERMAN is the director of the Folklore Program at the University of Oregon and Professor of English. She holds a Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University and a Master's degree in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA. Most of her published work has concentrated on the relationship between film and folklore, and perceptions about folklore as revealed by filmmakers and folklorists. She teaches Introduction to Folklore, Film and Folklore, Folklore Fieldwork, Film and Video Production for Folklore Fieldwork, American folklore, Narrative Theory, American Popular Culture, the History of Folklore Theory and Research, and other courses. Her students have produced a number of films that have had local success on Oregon Public Broadcasting and elsewhere. Professor Sherman is a consultant on various arts and humanities projects, and lectures on a variety of subjects for the Oregon Council for the Humanities Chautauqua program. The topics range from Oregon folklore, to analyses of ethnicity in America, and to interpretations of documentary films from across the country. Sherman has served on the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society and is currently the Film and Videotape Review Editor for the Journal of American Folklore. She has produced a number of films, including Kid Shoes; Tales of the Supernatural; Passover, A Celebration; Kathleen Ware, Quiltmaker; and Spirits in the Wood. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of Chainsaw Sculptor: The Art of J. Chester Armstrong (1995), a book that grew out of her video fieldwork. Her recently released book Documenting Ourselves: Film, Video, and Culture (1998), is the first in-depth study of folklore films as a genre of documentary.

JEFF TITON received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.A. (in English) and Ph.D. (in American Studies) from the University of Minnesota, where he studied ethnomusicology with Alan Kagan, writing his dissertation on blues music. He has done fieldwork on religious folk music, blues, and old-time fiddling, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. For two years he was the guitarist in the Lazy Bill Lucas Blues Band, a group that appeared in the 1970 Ann Arbor Blues Festival. The author or editor of five books, including Early Downhome Blues, which won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, he is also a documentary photographer and filmmaker. Among his films are Powerhouse for God (with Barry Dornfeld and Tom Rankin) and Albert Collins. In 1991 he wrote a hypertext-multimedia computer program on old-time Kentucky fiddler Clyde Davenport that is regarded as a model for weblike interactive computer representations of people making music. From 1990 to 1995 he was editor of Ethnomusicology, the Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology. His teaching began at Tufts University, where he was assistant professor of English, then associate professor of English and music. Since 1986 he has been professor of music and director of the Ph.D. program in music (ethnomusicology) at Brown.

ALLEN TULLOS is Associate Professor of American Studies in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University and the co-chair of the American Studies Program, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. His Ph.D. is in American Studies (1985) from Yale University. He also has an M.A. in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For the past eighteen years, he has served as editor of Southern Changes, the quarterly journal of the Southern Regional Council, the South's oldest interracial organization. In the summer of 1998 Tullos was selected to participate in the Culpeper Faculty Seminar at Emory in order to develop a web-based curriculum project. He currently teach a course entitled "American Routes: Tradition and Transformation of American Musical Cultures" relying almost exclusively on server-based materials. He also manages the web site for the "American Routes" radio program, syndicated on Public Radio International ( He is the author of Habits of Industry: White Culture and the Transformation of the Carolina Piedmont (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989). Habits of Industry received the Charles S. Sydnor Award of the Southern Historical Association as the year's outstanding book in the field of Southern History. In 1993 Tullos produced and directed Tommie Bass: A Life in the Ridge and Valley Country, a video biography of the life and times of an Appalachian herbalist and storyteller. He worked with Tom Davenport and Daniel Patterson as co-producer and sound recordist for the 1986 documentary film A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle, fourth film in the "American Traditional Culture Series" produced jointly by Davenport Films and the Curriculum in Folklore of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

STEVEN M. WEISS is the director of the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His education included a major in Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music, a B.S. in Audio Technology in 1991 from The American University in Washington, D.C., and a Master of Information and Library Studies from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Before coming to UNC his work experience included serving as Archives Assistant for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Intern at the Archive of Folk Culture in the Library of Congress, Program Assistant at Northwest Folklife in Seattle, Archives Technician for the Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch of the National Archives and Records Administration, and Librarian/Assistant Library Manager for CNN in Washington, D.C. Steve is also a member of the Folkstreams committee.

WILLIAM H. WIGGINS, JR. is the Acting Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies and Professor of Afro-American Studies and Folklore at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he teaches courses in "Afro-American Folklore," "American Folklore," "Folklore and Literature," and "the American Folk Hero." He is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society, Trustee of the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center, editorial board member of Southern Folklore and The Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, and former President of The Association of African and African American Folklorists. His publications include Jubilation!: African American Celebrations in the Southeast (Columbia, S.C.: McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, 1993), Joe Louis: American Folk Hero (Bloomington, Ind.: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, 1991), and O Freedom!: Afro-American Emancipation Celebrations (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1987). In addition to serving as either a consultant or a participant in numerous folklore documentary films, the award winning PBS Series, Keep Your Eyes On the Prize, and History Channel productions, Wiggins has produced, with a major National Endowment for the Arts, Folk Art Film Grant, two folklore documentary films: In the Rapture, a sixty minute documentary of a religious drama (1978) and The Rapture Family, a thirty minute companion film that interviewed the cast regarding the origins and cultural meaning of the drama. Wiggins was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988. He is currently writing a folk biography of Joe Louis, the former heavyweight boxing champion, for the University of Illinois Press.


GRACE AGNEW is an Associate University Librarian for Digital Library Systems is a data architect and metadata specialist at Rutgers University. She consults with large organizations and consortia on data-driven digital library architectures. She has worked with the Association of Moving Image Archivists as the architect of their forthcoming portal, Moving Image Collections, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Indiana University's Variations 2 project, among others. She served as pro bono consultant for the New Jersey State Library and designed the New Jersey Digital Highway.

PADDY BOWMAN specializes in developing teacher training and multimedia teaching resources in folklore and ethnography. With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, she has coordinated the National Network for Folk Arts in Education for over ten years. She serves on the steering committee of the Arts Education Partnership, directs several summer teacher institutes, and is adjunct professor in a Lesley University education master's program offered in over 20 states. Among her recent publications are articles in Language Arts and a forthcoming issue of the Journal of American Folklore. She was lead writer for the extensive web-based guide to folklore and fieldwork, Louisiana Voices (, which is in public domain. Paddy will develop the outreach to Teachers and the Elderly for Folkstreams.

TYLER MILLER JOHNSON is a telecommunications systems analyst with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His background is in electrical and computer engineering, with an emphasis on network transport of real time data streams, especially audio and video. Tyler is a founding member of ViDe, the Video Development Initiative, and is a principle architect for ViDeNet, the developing global video and voice over IP network. He participates in the Internet2 Commons, QoS Applications, Voice over IP and Video Middleware working groups. Tyler is a member of ITU-T Study Group 16, setting international standards for video and voice over IP, and was the editor for the H.350 series of 'Directory Services Architecture for Multimedia Conferencing' standards.

GARY MARCHIONINI is the Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Information Science in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His Ph.D. is from Wayne State University in mathematics education with an emphasis on educational computing. His research interests are in information seeking in electronic environments, digital libraries, human-computer interaction, digital government and information technology policy. He has had grants or contracts from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Council on Library Resources, the National Library of Medicine, the Library of Congress, the Kellogg Foundation, and NASA, among others. He was the Conference Chair for ACM Digital Library '96 Conference and program chair for ACM-IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries in 2002. He is editor-in-chief for ACM Transactions on Information Systems and serves on the editorial boards of a dozen scholarly journals. He has published more than eighty articles, chapters, and conference papers in the information science, computer science, and education literatures. He founded the Interaction Design Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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