In hillbilly, directors Sally Rubin and Ashley York show the evolution of the uneducated, promiscuous 'hillbilly' stereotype in film and television, linking it with corporate exploitation of Appalachia's natural resources. The narrative anchor is York, a liberal feminist living in L.A. who returns to her hometown in eastern Kentucky in the weeks leading up to the election. The film seeks to illuminate the experience of white rural voters and to expand cultural understanding of the region. The film showcases the African-American Affrilachian Poets workshop and the Appalachian Media Institute at Appalshop, where queer young adults find community and refuge. The film aims to challenge viewers perception of Appalachia and to offer folks within the region a cinematic portrayal of which they can be proud, ultimately creating dialogue between urban and rural America.
Film screening is free and open to the public as part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers presented by several local sponsors. There will be a discussion about the film following the film.
Check out the trailer at: https://vimeo.com/281520052