Anne Lewis and Mimi Pickering, veteran Appalshop filmmakers and
“artistic scholars,” were awarded the 2011 Cratis D. Williams and John
S. Brown Service Award at the annual Appalachian Studies Association
conference in Richmond, Kentucky. In presenting the award, Lora Smith
pointed out the many films produced by the two women that have “served
the Appalachian Studies community by providing us with outstanding
visual documents, histories and ethnographies of Appalachia and [that]
have been invaluable in bringing timely social justice issues facing
mountain communities to the forefront of national dialogue.” Smith also
noted the “model for working in creative collaboration,” that the two
women have exemplified in their work together including their work on Chemical
in West Virginia in 1985-1990. Between them, Lewis and
Pickering have produced more than thirty-five Appalshop films. Their
collaborative work continues in their current project documenting the
life and work of Kentucky civil rights leader Anne Braden.