The Handmade Music School presents Documenting Local Communities with Charlie Thompson on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 3:00pm EDT. The workshop will be presented via Crowdcast as part of our Handmade at Home online series. Cost is $1 to $100 (suggested donation of $15).
Stories make us human. They distill the essence of community life. They tell us where we’ve come from and give us direction on where to head from here. This workshop/discussion provides an orientation to community-based documentary work with veteran filmmaker and author, Charlie Thompson. Learn how to get started documenting local community stories. Learn how to find stories and/or let them find you, how to position yourself in a story, how to collaborate with community members, and how to help preserve vital truths that need to be told while fostering community dignity and local ownership.
Charlie Thompson is Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology and Documentary at Duke University. Born in Franklin County, Virginia, Charlie lives in Durham, NC, but also returns as often as possible to a 19th-century cabin near Rocky Knob in Floyd, Virginia. He earned a PhD at UNC-Chapel Hill, and has had extensive experience outside academia, including as a community organizer and as an organic farmer. Charlie has published seven books and directed six documentary films, garnering awards, numerous screenings at film festivals, and airings on PBS. Growing up in Southwest Virginia, Charlie strives to promote the Blue Ridge’s cultural riches, including its music. His main goal with his documentary work is to tell stories with a human focus, both about the place he grew up and beyond, including work in Mexico and Guatemala. Charlie created two different educational programs at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, and is a beloved teacher there today. He is the author of Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World. His most recent book is Going Over Home: A Search for Rural Justice in an Unsettled Land (2019). Currently, Charlie is at work on a film entitled, Rock Castle Home, showing how one mountain community displaced by the Blue Ridge Parkway remains a sacred place to its descendants.
Find out more at cdthomps.com.
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