Oaksie

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Directed by: Anthony Slone
1979
Running Time: 22:00
Color

Oaksie is a portrait of eastern Kentucky basketmaker, fiddler, and harp player Oaksie Caudill. The film follows Oaksie through the steps of making a basket, from selecting the “right” tree, splitting and pressing down the white oak, whittling the ribs, to the final act of weaving the oak strips together. Throughout the film, Oaksie’s fiddle and harp playing are interspersed with his making of the basket. His primitive style of playing evolved from early Baptist church music: each low action of the bow hits one note–the lead note or melody of the song–as when a human voice sings. Oaksie captures the feel and spirit of a man who has spent his lifetime surrounded by the beauty he has created in his craft and his music.

Reviews

“Oaksie is concerned with making baskets, not with maintaining some folkloric ideal of purity. The film shows the integration in real life of folk arts and the role of those arts in real life.” –Journal of American Folklore

“Bears witness to the clear sense of pride and satisfaction this man feels both in his fiddling and in his ability to create an object not only practical but beautiful. Useful for study of folk crafts or Appalachian life.” –Media Review

Screenings & Festivals

Columbus International Film Festival–Honorable Mention

FilmSouth Award, Converse College

San Francisco International Film Festival

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NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME

Directed by: Anthony Slone
1979
Running Time: 22:00
Color

Oaksie is a portrait of eastern Kentucky basketmaker, fiddler, and harp player Oaksie Caudill. The film follows Oaksie through the steps of making a basket, from selecting the “right” tree, splitting and pressing down the white oak, whittling the ribs, to the final act of weaving the oak strips together. Throughout the film, Oaksie’s fiddle and harp playing are interspersed with his making of the basket. His primitive style of playing evolved from early Baptist church music: each low action of the bow hits one note–the lead note or melody of the song–as when a human voice sings. Oaksie captures the feel and spirit of a man who has spent his lifetime surrounded by the beauty he has created in his craft and his music.

Reviews

“Oaksie is concerned with making baskets, not with maintaining some folkloric ideal of purity. The film shows the integration in real life of folk arts and the role of those arts in real life.” –Journal of American Folklore

“Bears witness to the clear sense of pride and satisfaction this man feels both in his fiddling and in his ability to create an object not only practical but beautiful. Useful for study of folk crafts or Appalachian life.” –Media Review

Screenings & Festivals

Columbus International Film Festival–Honorable Mention

FilmSouth Award, Converse College

San Francisco International Film Festival

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