Faculty, Staff Play Role in Documentary on W.Va.

Friday, May 06, 2005

The West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University played an important role in the development of a new documentary, "The Appalachians," which begins airing this weekend.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting will air "The Appalachians" beginning Sunday, May 8. Executive Producer Mari-Lynn Evans, CEO of Evening Star Productions, premiered parts of the documentary during the 2003 West Virginia Folklife Center Gala at FS. Fairmont State's Dr. Judy P. Byers, Director of the W.Va. Folklife Center, and Noel W. Tenney, Cultural Specialist for the Folklife Center, among others, served as academic consultants for the four-hour educational film. Byers; Greg Hinton, FSU Professor of Business Law; and John Randolph, the 2003 recipient of the B.B. Maurer West Virginia Folklife Award, were also interviewed for the project, although they may not be included in the condensed version of the documentary.

"The Appalachians," narrated by country music singer Naomi Judd, airs on West Virginia Public Television in three one-hour segments at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8, May 15 and May 22. Also, the entire documentary will be aired 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 18. The documentary features Johnny Cash (his final interview), Rosanne Cash, Loretta Lynn, Ralph Stanley, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, Alison Kraus, George Clooney, Nick Clooney, Marty Stuart, and The Whites.

For more information, visit www.wvpubcast.org.