Critical Acclaim for
APPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People
A sterling four-part series, narrated by Sissy Spacek, that explores the intersection of natural history and human history… Beautifully shot and vast in scope, this stellar series combines science, history and arts in a tribute to Appalachia that offers hope for the future.
APPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People is a magnificent account of one of the nation's most wonderful regions — hard-used but still beautiful, and a wellspring of the national culture!
Years in the making by filmmakers Jamie Ross and Ross Spears, who won acclaim for the Academy Award-nominated biopic on James Agee, Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People transcends the usual media portraits of poverty, pity, and the picturesque in America's most misunderstood and maligned region, and delivers a breathtaking view of Appalachia's extraordinary role in shaping our country. This PBS series is a landmark event for television, and it couldn't be more timely. A breakthrough journey!
Jeff Biggers, The Huffington Post
APPALACHIA could be the beginning of a cure for society's malignant attitude about the region. An engrossing and beautifully filmed and illustrated series, APPALACHIA is both a paean to and an investigation of the world's oldest mountains. Few documentaries give equal time to species other than the human to explain a history. This one does. It gives first billing, though, to the mountains themselves --the "soul and spine" of a people as diverse as any, but bound by a heart tug for "home" that's all about being an underdog who knows a superior beauty.
An entirely new kind of film that not only warms the heart, but exudes
authority, credibility and powerful insight. How wise to make the
mountains themselves the star! Stunning cinematography, a masterful
script, and a seamless integration of science and culture. The story is
told in the voices of Appalachians whose very lives are testament to the
talent and diversity of Appalachia. A great piece of work!