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Carter Family Fold to host screening of 'The Winding Stream'

Staff report • Updated Apr 8, 2016 at 8:18 AM

HILTONS, Va. — The Carter Family Fold will present a special documentary screening of “The Winding Stream — The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music” this weekend.

Showtime is 2:30 p.m.on  Sunday. Doors open at 1 p.m. Admission is $5. Tickets will be sold at the door only.

Music will be performed by Eugene Wolfe & Friends before and after the film.

Produced by Beth Harrington, the documentary was nearly 10 years in the making and contains some of the last interviews with Janette Carter, Joe Carter and Johnny Cash.

Harrington is an award-winning independent producer, director and writer, born in Boston and transplanted to the Pacific Northwest. Making media professionally since 1977, she most often focuses on work that explores American history, music and culture. Harrington’s independent production, “Welcome to the Club – the Women of Rockabilly,” a music documentary about the pioneering women of rock-and-roll, was honored with a 2003 Grammy nomination and has been seen on public television and at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

“The Winding Stream” tells the tale of the musical Carter and Cash families. The film traces the flow of their influence through generations of musicians, the transformation of that act into the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle, the marriage of Johnny Cash and June Carter and the efforts of the present-day family to keep this musical legacy alive.

The 90–minute documentary, shot in high definition, is told through interviews with family and friends who knew the Carters best — most notably Johnny Cash, in one of his last interviews — as well as fellow musicians, historians and authors.

“The Winding Stream” features original Carter recordings, but also showcases interpretations of their songs by celebrated roots music practitioners, such as Johnny and June Carter Cash, Rosanne Cash, John Prine, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, George Jones, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Grey DeLisle and Old 97’s founder, Murry Hammond.

Also included are scenes featuring Carter family members, some of whom continue to live in Hiltons and still play on a weekly basis at the Carter Family Fold.

For more information on “The Winding Stream,” visit http://thewindingstream.com/.