Sunday, March 29, 2009

Another Amazing Resource!

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A National Preserve of Documentary Films about American Roots Cultures

streamed with essays about the traditions and filmmaking. The site includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites.

" has two goals. One is to build a national preserve of hard-to-find documentary films about American folk or roots cultures. The other is to give them renewed life by streaming them on the internet. The films were produced by independent filmmakers in a golden age that began in the 1960s and was made possible by the development first of portable cameras and then capacity for synch sound. Their films focus on the culture, struggles, and arts of unnoticed Americans from many different regions and communities."

Really, this is what the Net is all about (or should be). It boggles the mind to think that these films are offered for anyone around the globe (who has Internet access) to see and enjoy for free. What an incredible legacy!

There are films from a broad range of subject categories or you can search by region or film title. If you don't have RealPlayer installed you might have to download it ( it's free) to play the videos.

Here is one I'd like to share to get you started: New England Fiddles
(Once you are on the page click on "Play Real-Surestream Film")

A toe-tapping film for a rainy Sunday.


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