THE STORY OF A RENOWNED AND ENDURING AMERICAN MUSICAL DYNASTY IS TOLD FOR THE FIRST TIME ON FILM
THE WINDING STREAM
The Saga of the Many Generations of the Interlinked Carter and Cash Families Comes to DVD & Digital HD From Virgil Films in May
New York, NY (April 11, 2016) – The story of the greatest multi-generational family in American country and roots music is told for the first time in the acclaimed new song-filled documentary THE WINDING STREAM. The saga of the Carter and Cash families will be available across digital platforms and on DVD from Virgil Films on May 17, 2016.
THE WINDING STREAM tells the tale of the musical Carter and Cash families, the dynasty at the heart of country music. Starting with the Original Carter Family – A.P. Carter, his wife Sara and sister-in-law Maybelle – this film traces the flow of their influence through generations of musicians, the transformation of that act into the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle, the marriage of Johnny Cash and June Carter, and the efforts of the present-day family to keep this musical legacy alive. It is an epic saga and one that’s never been told in its entirety on film.
The film, from award-winning director and musician Beth Harrington (of Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers) tells these stories and others through narrator-less interviews. The story is punctuated with studio performances by celebrated roots music practitioners like Johnny and June Carter Cash, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson and others. The film’s goal is to illuminate the foundation-forming history of this multigenerational musical family. Country music would not be what it is without them. The families has bridged styles, genres and generations, and it’s no exaggeration to say there would have been no folk revival in the ’60s without the Carters, no country-rock bands in the ’70s, and no alt-country hipsters in our present era.
THE WINDING STREAM has been met with a chorus of praise from critics. Joe Leydon of Variety called it “an impressively researched and deftly crafted feature that doubtless will find an appreciative audience.” David Fear of Rolling Stone said, “Beth Harrington digs deep into both the family’s legacy and the first-couple-of-country union of June Carter and Johnny Cash.” Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter said there’s “enough drama, music and history to fuel a miniseries in [this] thoroughly entertaining and comprehensive account of the Carter and Cash families and their enduring contributions to American music.”
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THE WINDING STREAM
Digital, VOD, DVD release: May 17, 2016
Running time: 90 minutes