Dir: Jeff Silva/Vic Rawlings, 2016, USA, 96 mins, Cert: 18 TBA
Tue 12 September // 20:00
Following the daily rituals of elderly couple in Kentucky's Appalachian Mountains, Linefork documents the last living link to the distant past of a regional American music. A retired coal miner with black lung, Lee Sexton and his wife, Opal, still farm the land where he was born. Jeff Silva and Vic Rawlings' meditative, observational film captures the Sextons' marriage, their community, and Lee's raw yet delicate banjo music.
Cumulatively poignant, the documentary is crafted in the style of Harvard University's Sensory Ethnography Lab, where co-director Jeff Silva is a teaching fellow. As much a film about time and place as it is about its protagonists, Linefork bears witness to a fading past that is still immediately present.
"An empathetic step into the pace of everyday life in this corner of America" - The Wire, March 2017
"The film's power derives from the spectacle of life passing before your eyes, in all of its tedium and strangeness..." - LA Review of Books
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Jeff Silva and Vic Rawlings.