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Remembering The High Lonesome

Film by Tom Davenport, Barry Dornfeld
Produced by Tom Davenport, Barry Dornfeld
Cinematographer: Barry Dornfeld, Tom Davenport, Robert B. Davenport
Sound: Rob Roberts
Editing: Tom Davenport, Rob Roberts
Copyright: Copyright 2003 Tom Davenport
27 minutes, Color
Original format: DV Mini, 2003
Distributor: Davenport Films
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Remembering the High Lonesome is the story of the making of a classic documentary film. It is also a profile of filmmaker, photographer, artist, and musician John Cohen. Through interviews, as well as Cohen's own photographs and scenes from his classic film The High Lonesome Sound: Kentucky Mountain Music, filmmaker Tom Davenport focuses on Cohen's journey to rural Kentucky in the 1950s to document the lives of the people there and his "discovery" of the musician Roscoe Holcomb. Remembering the High Lonesome also examines the birth of a new artistic ethic and counterculture through John Cohen's involvement with the Beat Generation, abstract expressionist painters, and the Folk Music Revival, and explores the role of an outsider documenting the life and arts of an Appalachian community.