Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Lasting Impressions

One of Chris Buffington's

Philip Brubaker's

Last weekend while going to the bank in Carrboro, I happened to notice a sign outside the Arts Center which said Documentary Festival continuing tonight, 7-9. It was just around 7pm, so I decided to walk a few blocks after the bank and see what was showing. It had been raining most of the day, and the streets and the air were wet. It felt good to walk in the misting rain. I’m really glad I did. I got to see at least a few short films by various filmmakers, and one in particular by a local guy who was in the audience. For the almost 6 minutes of the film, I was laughing so much I doubled over and had tears in my eyes. What a great portrait of this Hollerin’ phenomenon, and these people who enjoy it so much. One of the “hollerers” was in the audience too, and he had not yet seen the film. When asked to answer any questions, he said he didn’t think he’d need a microphone. It was great. Believe me, if you see this film, you will not forget it.

Philip Brubaker has other photos and bio on his site.

Here is one write-up from

The National Hollerin’ Contest- Philip Brubaker
SOOOOO-EEEEEEh! Welcome to Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina, population 49. Everybody in town (and a lot more from out of town) gather at the fire station every third Saturday in June to witness a local tradition. The National Hollerin’ Contest winners have been featured on Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show, among others, and once you hear some of these hollers, you won’t forget them. See the film and find out the meaning, classification, and significance of hollers—and a winner’s circle holler of Amazing Grace that has to be seen to be believed. (5:43)

Another view of the NC Film World

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