Feature | NR | 87


Regal Hollywood 27 Theater 6 Sat, May 19, 2018 7:00 PM
Regal Hollywood 27 Theater 7 Sat, May 19, 2018 7:15 PM
Film Info
Section:Documentary Competition
Run Time:87
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Sally Rubin | Ashley York
Cast:Billy Redden | Silas House | bell hooks | Frank X Walker | Crystal Good | Ronny Cox
Producer:Sally Rubin | Ashley York
Cinematographer:Bryan Donnell
Editor:Melanie Vi Levy | Stacy Goldate
Music:John Fee | Ben Caucci


Appalachia is no stranger to the complexity of media representation. Since our country’s inception, there has been a palpable divide between Urban and Rural America. North fights South, Democrats rail against Republicans, “cosmopolitan” looks down on “country.” Within this great divide, certain regions are viewed as “other,” and blamed for America’s social ills. Since the presidential election, the cultural divide in America has expanded even further. Stereotyping and slurs are rampant, finger-pointing and name-calling abound. “hillbilly” goes on a personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American “hillbilly,” amd examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype. The film also seeks to open dialogue within the filmmaker’s family, which finds itself voting on both sides of the aisle. “hillbilly” uncovers an unexpected set of artists, poets, and activists, queer musicians, “Affrilachian” poets, and intersectional feminists---all unexpected voices emerging from this historically misunderstood region. HILLBILLY is a timely and urgent exploration of how we see and think about Appalachian and rural identity in contemporary America, offering a call for dialogue between urban and rural communities during this divisive time in our nation's history.

Filmmakers in attendance.