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Birthplace of Country Music Museum Films Recognized at Peer Awards

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Birthplace of Country Music MuseumTwo films featured in the Birthplace of Country Music Museum achieved honors during the Television, Internet and Video Association of DC (TIVA-DC) Peer Awards at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on November 8.

Bound to Bristol won the Peer Gold Award for a Documentary (Under 30 Minutes). The film — narrated by John Carter Cash (son of June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash and grandson of Maybelle Carter) — explores the making of the 1927 Bristol Sessions. Bound to Bristol is the first film experience visitors encounter in the Birthplace of Country Music Museum's Orientation Theater before they continue their tour of the facility.

The oral history film, I Was There, secured the Peer Silver Award for Motion Graphics 2D/3D Animation at TIVA-DC. I Was There is an oral history film featuring firsthand accounts from people who took part in the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings. Located among the museum's core exhibits as an interactive display, the film allows visitors to hear more about the Bristol Sessions through the archived voices of Ralph Peer, Maybelle Carter, Ernest "Pop" Stoneman, Clarice Shelor, and Georgia Warren. Bound to Bristol and I Was There were produced by multi-media firm Hillmann & Carr Incorporated, located in Washington, DC.

TIVA-DC is a non-profit organization formed to serve the needs of the growing Washington/Baltimore media production community.

Birthplace of Country Music and Appalshop are teaming up to bring Documenting Appalachia: An Appalshop Film Series to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum December 1— February 28. The series will run on a weekly basis in conjunction with The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies special exhibit. Film series if free with the price of admission to the museum.

Sunny Side of Life, Sourwood Mountain Dulcimers, From Wood to Singing Guitar, Hazel Dickens: It's Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song, Quilting Women, The Ralph Stanley Story, Strangers and Kin: A History of the Hillbilly Image, and His Eye is on the Sparrow will be screened in the Performance Theater of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Special Event Screenings will also be held for each of the eight films and will feature speakers, concert performances and panel discussions prior to each screening.

Based in the town of Whitesburg in eastern Kentucky, Appalshop is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts and education center which has consistently produced some of the best documentary films on Appalachian music and culture.

"Appalshop has been doing great work for decades," says Thomas Richardson, curator of education and outreach at Birthplace of Country Music Museum. "When we opened the Museum we asked ourselves, who do we want to partner with that's doing similar work, and doing it really well? Appalshop was one obvious answer."

For detailed information about the films, schedule and Special Event Screenings, visit All of the films in the Documenting Appalachia series are available for sale in The Museum Store at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and online at

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