Directed by: Scott Faulkner
Running Time: 18:00
Wednesday is trade fair day in the small coalfield community of Ramsey, Virginia, where residents and local merchants gather to sell, swap, and pass the time. The Ramsey Trade Fair uses the flea market as a point of departure for a lyrical consideration of rural living and the lost art of barter.
“Upholds the Appalachian values of fair play and driving a hard bargain, of independence and thrift, and of yarning, gossip, and good old country singing and religion… It may be used in studies of U.S. lifestyles in library film programs or in junior and senior high school social studies and economics classes.” –Booklist
“This charming film presents a vignette of American folklore in a way that makes the viewer feel being right there.” –Don Jewell, American River College, Sacramento, California
“Rich in humor and color.” –The San Francisco Examiner
Screenings & Festivals
American Film Institute, Washington, D.C.
Conference on Visual Anthropology, Temple University
Kentucky Educational Television
Pacific Film Archive