Featured Series

From the Hills & Hollers: Appalachian Stories Film Series

Examining the different ways Appalachia has been represented through film.

Due to the resounding success of the series launch during 2022-2023, we are thrilled to present the 2nd annual From the Hills and Hollers: Appalachian Film Series for 2023-2024.

The series seeks to foster a deeper connection between the Athens city and university communities and the cultural legacy of the surrounding region through films that examine the many facets, both positive and negative, of life in Appalachia. This batch of films is, in large part, the product of filmmakers who have intimate knowledge of living in this environment and, as a result, are well-suited for representing the realities of Appalachia on the big screen.

Short introduction/lectures will provide context for the film and introduce the underlying issues represented in film and other media. All events in the series are presented with free admission.

This series is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences and Professions, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ohio Honors Program, Center for Campus and Community Engagement, Athens County Public Libraries, University Libraries, GO Local, University College, the Center for Law, Justice, and Culture,  and the Ohio Arts Council.




Upcoming From the Hills & Hollers: Appalachian Stories Film Series Showings

From the Hills and Hollers: TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL with Dr. Tiffany Arnold

About the film Equal parts horror and dark comedy, Eli Craig’s 2010 feature film centers around Tucker and Dale, two well-meaning West Virginia hillbillies who venture into the woods to enjoy some... [read more]

First Viewing: October 12, 2023

From the Hills and Hollers: MATEWAN with Christy Zempter

About the film Filmed on location in the coal country of West Virginia, “Matewan” takes the audience inside the gritty world of labor union organizing during the early part of the 20th... [read more]

First Viewing: November 9, 2023

From the Hills and Hollers: KING COAL with Elaine McMillion Sheldon

About the film A lyrical tapestry of a place and people, KING COAL meditates on the complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped, and the myths... [read more]

First Viewing: February 8, 2024

From the Hills and Hollers: OCTOBER SKY with Dr. Amy Wolfe

About the film Based on the memoir Rocket Boys by American engineer Homer H. Hickman Jr., the film tells the story of four young men who, while growing up in the coal... [read more]

First Viewing: March 21, 2024

From the Hills and Hollers: CALLS FROM HOME: PRISON RADIO IN APPALACHIA with Sylvia Ryerson

About the film Sylvia, a young radio DJ, hosts “Calls from Home”, a weekly radio call-in show in rural Kentucky that sends messages and shouts-out to people incarcerated in prisons throughout Central... [read more]

First Viewing: April 18, 2024

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