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ChathamArts Sustainable Cinema presents May Moonshine Movies & Music

Posted Thursday, May 12, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - ChathamArts Sustainable Cinema presents the May Moonshine Movies & Music special event on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 pm at the Fearrington Village Barn. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The evening's presentations begin with "The Last One" by Neal Hutcheson: Legendary moonshiner Popcorn Sutton makes his final run in this 2009 Emmy Award Winning documentary

"A cult classic!" - The Newport Plain Talk. Deep in the wilds of Southern Appalachia, lifelong moonshiner Popcorn Sutton runs one last batch of true moonshine whiskey. Through the exhausting work of clearing the site, building a rock and clay furnace, brewing corn mash and producing high-proof moonshine, Sutton reveals the craft of traditional distillation, the character of his Scots-Irish ancestors, and a lifetime of memories in the trade. The affable Sutton dominates the film, weaving explanations of points of craft with stories of a lifetime of experiences in the moonshine trade, while interviews with Appalachian folklorists, storytellers, and noted authors explore the role of moonshine in Appalachian history and identity.

Neal Hutchinson is an Emmy-award winning filmmaker and video producer and founder of Sucker Punch Pictures. Hutcheson is best known for his collaborations with the linguist Walt Wolfram at NC State University, including the popular documentary Mountain Talk, which laid the groundwork for several further documentaries including the PBS release The Queen Family, The Last One, and a dramatic film, Gary Carden’s The Prince of Dark Corners. Three of his films were honored in a special showing in Berlin, Germany in 2006, and he received the Bill Arnold North Carolina Film Award in 2008 for "The Outlaw Lewis Redmond."

Plus Monshine Music & Songs! with Tommy Edwards, lead singer and guitarist and Stan Brown banjo player of The Bluegrass Experience, one of the Southeast's most respected traditional music groups. Edwards was twice named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist and has recorded or performed live with an array of bluegrass greats, including Jimmy Martin, Bobby Hicks, Peter Rowan, Jimmy Mills, Dan Crary, Jack Lawrence, and Mike Cross. Edwards is also host of Life 103.1's "Bluegrass Saturday Night".

The event will also be screening short film: "Percy's Run" by D.L. Anderson: Mr. Joshua Percy Flowers is second only to Ava Gardner in notoriety anywhere near Johnston County, North Carolina. The Saturday Evening Post declared Flowers “King of the Moonshiners” in 1958, when it is estimated he was earning one million dollars annually in untaxed revenue from the sale of white liquor up and down the East Coast. He was also one “helluva fox hunter.” This film attempts to cover the ground between the two pursuits and reveal a picture of the man apart
from the legends.

D.L. Anderson is a photographer and filmmaker raised in Galva, Illinois (population 2,700). Though quite eager to leave Galva when it came time, he still prefers dirt roads to traffic jams and late-night catfishing to being anywhere else at all. He also loves hearing and sharing stories that matter to the people he’s fortunate to meet along the way. Anderson works mostly for The Independent Weekly. You can also view his work online anytime at

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ChathamArts Sustainable Cinema presents May Moonshine Movies & Music
The May Moonshine Movies & Music special event will take place at the Fearrington Village Barn.