The Mountain Minor (movie)

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  • #78448
    MoonShadowsMoonShadows
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    I found this website today about The Mountain Minor, An Appalachian Migration Story. Looks like it has some great fiddle music in it. Haven’t been able to find out where/how it is available, so I wrote them. https://themountainminormovie.com/

    #78450
    MoonShadowsMoonShadows
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    Seems it’s only being shown in selected venues right now on certain dates. Found this on their Facebook site with no further info about a general release.

    #78451
    FrederickFrederick
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    Wow, Jim. It sounds like it will be a very entertaining movie. I’ll have to watch for it. When I lived in Erwin, TN, I wasn’t far at all from Mars Hill, NC.

    #78457
    cricketcricket
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    This was on the local news we pick up here…coming out of Cincinnati.  The guitar playing woman in the film has two or three bands and one of her fiddlers was also in the same bluegrass band I was in for about three years.  I’m not bluegrass so it was kinda just tough for me.  Cincinnati and the whole region is big on bluegrass.  Anyway, I’m not a movie person, my husband watches them but they usually lose my attention after the first five minutes or so…lol…I just can’t watch movies.  But sounds like it might have some good music.

    Anyway, another movie with some really great, authentic old time musicians ( who obviously can’t act…lol…which makes it watchable for me) is the movie, The Fifth String.  Anybody who has an interest in real Old Time Mountain music would enjoy it…especially fiddling and clawhammer.  Dwight Diller and John Morris, from WV, conjured the whole thing up.

    Then the whole exodus from mountains to find a life elsewhere is just a bad thing…Harriet Arnow , Ky author sure did a great job on it in her Tolstoyian novel, The Dollmaker.  The movie they made about it is horrible and Hollywood money-oriented…we saw some of the stars in our area while they were making it…lol…but the novel itself is profound.  It’s actually part of a sad trilogy, so to speak.  First, Arnow wrote Mountain Path, a novel about life in the backwoods during mule-traveling days.  She wrote a second novel to followup that she had named “Gravel Road,” but the publisher renamed it Hunter’s Horn, showing changes in mountain life brought on by some development, including, of course gravel roads and all the changes occurring.  Then The Dollmaker, which she had named, The Highway, again, publisher changed it to The Dollmaker, about life changes that pretty much destroyed the mountaineers’ way of life and sent them all out on the highway to try to find a good life and try to learn to fit in.

    Well but anyway, I’m not trying to hijack your post, just adding what I know.  To me, Arnow is the best writer since Tolstoy, yet most people seem to have never heard about her.  She told the stories she knew and lived well, and weaved them into the puzzles and trials of human existence.

    Hope this will be a good movie.  I didn’t get much info out of the news spot they had that one morning…mostly just two musicians saying they had never played together before and were gonna do it there live on the news…lol.  Then they played and gotta say they did a good job.

    Thnaks for the post, Jim.  Sounds like a good movie with some good music.

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    #78464
    JBoundsJBounds
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    Looking forward to seeing this when it’s available. Thanks for sharing.

    #78467
    cricketcricket
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    BEings the non-movie watcher I am, y’all will have to tell me about it…lol.  Maybe if it’s overrun with lots and lots of great old time music I could manage to sit through it.  Or at least tell my husband to watch and I could run into the room when the music starts up.  He’s the big movie person…I just about can’t get through one.

    #78511
    MoonShadowsMoonShadows
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    I woke up this morning to an email from Dale Farmer. He is the writer/director of the movie. He is going to send me a link to the movie in exchange for a review on my blog. I have written back and asked him about general public availability. I’ll update you as I learn more.

    #78515
    JBoundsJBounds
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    That’s cool. Thank you, Moonshadows.

    #79205
    MoonShadowsMoonShadows
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    I received a link to the movie today from Dale Farmer. For obvious reasons, he asked me not to share the link. I will watch the movie when I have a chance and post a review on my blog which I will share here. I will also ask him about the movie’s release to the general public.

    #79377
    MoonShadowsMoonShadows
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    I just posted my review of The Mountain Minor. You can see it on my blog at: https://fiddlingforolderfolks.com/the-mountain-minor/

    As of now, I still have no word of a general public release, but at the end of my review, I have listed a contact if you would like to schedule a screening for your group, organization or community.

    #79378
    cricketcricket
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    Good review, Jim!  Well, not being a movie watcher at all…tell me, is the music in the movie frequent enough and good enough that a non-movie person could get through it for the sake of good music?

    Since movie theaters are too much for my senses…I can’t deal with the contrast of darkness and bright screen, loudness of the volume, and the crowded setting, I’ll have to catch it on netflix or whatever if there’s enough music to wait for…lol…I’m weird, so…but anyway, I thought your review was excellent…like a pro.  Just wanna know how much of the movie time, approximately, would be musical, if there’s a ballpark figure you could estimate.  Great review.

    #79379
    cricketcricket
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    If you find the whole Appalachian exodus interesting, have you ever read The Dollmaker?  It’s tough to read…painful, really.

    #79385
    MoonShadowsMoonShadows
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    Hey cricket. Thanks. The movie is just under 1 1/2 hours, and it has 25+ songs in it. There is music throughout whether featured or background through just about the whole movie. Never read The Dollmaker. I’ll have to look it up.

    #79387
    cricketcricket
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    Ok thanks, Jim.  I think maybe I’ll watch for it to come to something where we can watch it at home.  Mike loves movies but I just don’t have the attention span or soemthing…but the music should keep me going.  Sometimes he’s watching a movie and I’m doing something else and the music in the movie jumps out…either it’s very annoying or else very interesting…lol…I’ll comment and he says he didn’t even notice until I brought it up.  Anyway, I’ll try to watch for it’s arrival on some home medium.  Thanks!

    The Dollmaker movie missed the whole agony of the novel itself…so…a word of warning…if you get curious, stick with the novel and avoid the movie…lol.

    Thanks again!

     

    #79395
    Gunnar SalyerGunnar Salyer
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    I so have to watch that! I’ve always watched movies mostly for the music, and lately I’ve stopped enjoying almost any movies cuz the score isn’t really the style I like, but I watched Mary Poppins earlier this month and I love it sa sound of music too, but it’s too long. Anyway, this movie is one I so want to watch, whenever they release it I have to get it!

    #79409
    MoonShadowsMoonShadows
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    I’ll let you both know when/if Dale Farmer gives me any info about a general public release.

    #80311
    fiddlewoodfiddlewood
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    Bump…update

    It was available on DVD by Dec 4…That’s the day they accepted my payment through PayPal…still haven’t heard back from them at all…not so much as a receipt or acknowledgement.

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    #80320
    MoonShadowsMoonShadows
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    I did receive my PayPal receipt almost immediately from “Diaz Media Group” when I purchased a copy on December 3rd, but I still have not received my DVD. I left a message for Dale on the Mountain Minor Facebook site last week. He replied that they were waiting for more copies to come in and hoped to have them out this week. I left him another message asking for an update. I’ll let you know when I hear back.

    #80321
    MoonShadowsMoonShadows
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    I just heard back from Dale. This is what he wrote:

    Hey Jim,
    The guy selling them for us in Arizona assured me that all orders would be shipped on Monday and Tuesday of last week. I’ve asked him for confirmation that all the orders were shipped and haven’t heard back from him. I just sent a message and asked if your order was shipped. We had been asked by so many folks if they could buy a disc before Christmas. We couldn’t set up a system with Amazon in the amount of time we had so we decided to just do a short run sale for the holiday. My editor was between jobs and it was a good opportunity for him as well as me. I know he got swamped with orders and name down with something in the process. I’ll let you know if I hear back from him. I’m very sorry its taken so long.
    Thanks,
    Dale

    #80330
    fiddlewoodfiddlewood
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    Thanks for looking into things Jim.
    I got a receipt from PayPal.

    This is the first time I’ve not received any acknowledgement of the money being received by the seller.

    Sounds like they are kind of new to the online selling thing. Hope they don’t get took by using a third party to fulfill their orders.

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