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UPIKE to screen ‘Linefork’

October 17, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, KY
The University of Pikeville will screen the documentary “Linefork,” a film that offers an immersive view of Lee and Opal Sexton’s daily rituals and inherent resilience while documenting the raw yet delicate music of a singular musician, linked to the past but also immediately present. The event will be held Monday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m., in the Health Professions Education Building, seventh floor. The screening is free and everyone is welcome.

Prior to the screening, program organizer Wesley Simon will lead a talk, “Documentary Filmmaking in Appalachia,” followed by an introduction to “Linefork” from the filmmakers.

An immersive meditation on the passage of time and the persistent resonance of place,  “Linefork” follows the daily rituals of an elderly couple living in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains.

Now well into his 80s, Lee Sexton is the last living link to the distant past of regional American music. A retired coal miner with black lung, Lee and his wife, Opal, continue to farm the land where he was born. Together they face encroaching health concerns and stark economic realities.

Recorded over three years, “Linefork” is an observational film documenting their marriage, their community and their resilience.

A post-screening presentation on the Appalachian dialect will be led by linguist Greg Johnson followed by a question-and-answer session with co-directors Jeff Silva and Vic Rawlings hosted by Andrew Reed, program director and assistant professor of film and media arts at UPIKE.

Silva is a film programmer, documentary filmmaker and long-time affiliate of the Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL) at Harvard University. Rawlings is a multi-instrumentalist musician and teacher fluent in many styles on guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and tenor banjo.    

The screening is hosted by the university’s division of humanities and experiential learning office.

To view a trailer of “Linefork,” visit For more information about the screening at UPIKE, contact the Office of Public Affairs at (606) 218-5270.

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