Filmmaker, Appalshop; Hands Across the Hills |
Herb E. Smith believes in the importance of place and staying in a place for a long time. Since 1969, when he was a high school student, Smith has played an active role in Appalshop, and continues to make films in the area where he was raised. His documentaries explore cultural, social, and economic issues of the Appalachian region. His latest film, entitled, Our Kentucky River, follows Kentucky’s namesake river from its headwaters in the mountains of eastern Kentucky through the capital of Frankfort to the watershed’s confluence with the Ohio River. Other films by Smith include The Ralph Stanley Story, and Thoughts in the Presence of Fear, which is based on an essay by Kentucky writer Wendell Berry. His documentaries have been shown throughout the country in venues from community centers and union halls to the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. International screenings include Paris, Berlin, Rome, Calcutta, Bombay, and Chengdu.