The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes, and the Course of Country Music

Feb 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm

*Free Admission


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Film Synopsis:
The Winding Stream tells the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes, tracing the influence of their music from the 1920s through the present day.

The Carters didn't just play the music of their hill country upbringing. They helped invent it. Will the Circle Be Unbroken?  Keep on the Sunny Side. Worried Man Blues.  Are You Lonesome Tonight?  These are just some of the hundreds of songs the Original Carter Family presented to the world.

And yet, the Carters suffered periods of obscurity. No one would have guessed that a young man who, at first blush, seemed more renegade than reverent adherent, would be the one to lift up the Carter legacy. - Johnny Cash. The story of how the family rallied to help him beat back the demon of substance abuse and how he promoted the Carters name and music is one of tremendous reciprocity and love.

The Winding Stream is the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and Cashes, and their decades-long influence on popular music. It features interviews and performances with roots music practitioners including one of the last interviews ever granted by Johnny Cash. 

Filmmaker Biography:

Beth Harrington is an independent producer, director and writer, born in Boston and transplanted to the Pacific Northwest.  She most often focuses on work that explores American history, music and culture. Harrington's independent production Welcome to the Club - The Women of Rockabilly, a music documentary about the pioneering women of rock and roll, was honored with a 2003 Grammy nomination. This and other work reflects a long-standing love of music. She is a singer and guitarist, most noted for her years as a member of Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers on the Warner Brothers Sire Records label. She recently completed The Winding Stream - The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music. The film features members of the Carter and Cash families and includes an interview with the legendary Johnny Cash. This premiered at SXSW in 2015 and has appeared at over 30 film festivals in the U.S. and abroad including the Sound + Vision Festival at Lincoln Center.

Harrington has also worked with public television stations WGBH in Boston and OPB in Portland producing, researching, and developing shows for both national and local air on series such as NOVA, Frontline, Health Quarterly, History Detectives and Oregon Experience, in addition to numerous one-off specials.  She is active in various film communities, having served on the board of Film Action Oregon as well as the Oregon Media Production Association. She is a past President of Women in Film/New England and a former Vice President of Women in Film/Seattle.

Filmmaker Artist Statement:
The Winding Stream marks the confluence of two of my biggest passions - history and music - and tells the important story of one family's effect on the course of American popular culture. It has proven to be a labor of love for me, taking over 12 years to complete the film but I have been gratified by the extremely positive audience and critical response.