Price: $350.00

    Code: 2555

    Directed by Jeff Silva and Vic Rawlings
    2016, 96 minutes
    Purchase $350 | Classroom rental: $125
    Optional closed captions

    From the Sensory Ethnography Lab, Linefork is an immersive, meditative documentary that explores the daily rituals of Lee Sexton, a revered banjo legend, and his charming wife Opal. Lee is a living link to the deep past of American music - in 1959 he recorded for the landmark Smithsonian Folkways release Mountain Music of Kentucky. A retired coal miner now hampered by age and declining health, Lee continues to teach his distinctive two-finger banjo style to a new generation eager to preserve a vanishing cultural tradition. He and Opal farm the land where he has lived for the last 88 years as together they face the uncertainties of aging in place. An ethnomusicology of American folk music and a portrait of the human condition, Linefork documents the raw yet delicate music of a singular musician, linked to the past yet immediately present.

    Subjects & Collections


    "Exquisite... each shot so absorbing, I watched the whole thing with a kind of suspense." -- Oxford American

    Further Reading

    Life Stand Still Here, essay by David Gates, author of Jernigan and A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me


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