Rough Side of the Mountain

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Directed by: Anne Lewis
1997
Running Time: 56:40
Color

Over the past twenty years, manufacturing plants and mining companies have closed throughout rural America, often leaving behind communities with crumbling infrastructures, widespread unemployment, and inexperience in self-governance. Such was the case in two hard hit southwest Virginia towns – Trammel and Ivanhoe. In 1986 Trammel attracted national attention as the “privately owned” town whose 50 homes, company store, post office, and water and cable systems were put on the auction block. Rough Side of the Mountain follows the story as local residents, mostly unemployed and disabled, organized with the help of churches and foundations to purchase the auctioned homes and “save” their town. In Ivanhoe, the program profiles the efforts of the Ivanhoe Civic League as community members attempt to rebuild after the loss of two major industries, the school, and local businesses. Rough Side of the Mountain looks at grassroots community organizing and the “steel ceiling” encountered by many poor rural communities as they struggle to develop new economies in an increasingly global system.

Reviews

“It’s lessons are universal and should be seen by everyone concerned with community renewal and social justice.” – Professor Hywel Francis, Adult Continuing Education, University of Wales, Swansea

“Sure to provoke heated discussion of the possibilities and limits of citizen efforts to rebuild their communities.” — Dr. Stephen Fisher, Political Science, Emory & Henry College

“An unflinching look at the hard realities of community organizing in two towns that are representative of thousands across the country called home by America’s poor.” – George Stoney, Professor of Film/Television, New York University

“The limits of self-help in community development are poignantly revealed in this portrait of two small mountain towns in southwest Virginia, in the heart of Appalachia.” — Pat Aufderheide, Curator, Council on Foundations 1998 Film & Video Catalog & Professor, School of Communications, American University

“An excellent job of portraying the big divide between community people and the experts…will have reasonance outside of rural Appalachia…captures what is happening in many places.” — Anne Romasco, Managing Director, James C Penney Foundation, New York

Screenings & Festivals

Athens International Film & Video Festival

Black Maria Film & Video Festival – Director’s Citations Award ‘97

Big Muddy Film Festival

Community Foundations and the Family Foundations Conference

Council On Foundations

Louisville Film & Video Festival

Western Psychological Association Conference

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Directed by: Anne Lewis
1997
Running Time: 56:40
Color

Over the past twenty years, manufacturing plants and mining companies have closed throughout rural America, often leaving behind communities with crumbling infrastructures, widespread unemployment, and inexperience in self-governance. Such was the case in two hard hit southwest Virginia towns – Trammel and Ivanhoe. In 1986 Trammel attracted national attention as the “privately owned” town whose 50 homes, company store, post office, and water and cable systems were put on the auction block. Rough Side of the Mountain follows the story as local residents, mostly unemployed and disabled, organized with the help of churches and foundations to purchase the auctioned homes and “save” their town. In Ivanhoe, the program profiles the efforts of the Ivanhoe Civic League as community members attempt to rebuild after the loss of two major industries, the school, and local businesses. Rough Side of the Mountain looks at grassroots community organizing and the “steel ceiling” encountered by many poor rural communities as they struggle to develop new economies in an increasingly global system.

Reviews

“It’s lessons are universal and should be seen by everyone concerned with community renewal and social justice.” – Professor Hywel Francis, Adult Continuing Education, University of Wales, Swansea

“Sure to provoke heated discussion of the possibilities and limits of citizen efforts to rebuild their communities.” — Dr. Stephen Fisher, Political Science, Emory & Henry College

“An unflinching look at the hard realities of community organizing in two towns that are representative of thousands across the country called home by America’s poor.” – George Stoney, Professor of Film/Television, New York University

“The limits of self-help in community development are poignantly revealed in this portrait of two small mountain towns in southwest Virginia, in the heart of Appalachia.” — Pat Aufderheide, Curator, Council on Foundations 1998 Film & Video Catalog & Professor, School of Communications, American University

“An excellent job of portraying the big divide between community people and the experts…will have reasonance outside of rural Appalachia…captures what is happening in many places.” — Anne Romasco, Managing Director, James C Penney Foundation, New York

Screenings & Festivals

Athens International Film & Video Festival

Black Maria Film & Video Festival – Director’s Citations Award ‘97

Big Muddy Film Festival

Community Foundations and the Family Foundations Conference

Council On Foundations

Louisville Film & Video Festival

Western Psychological Association Conference

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