Critical Acclaim for

APPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People

BEST Video of the Year!

American Library Association, 2010

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.

Booklist Magazine’s “Top of the List”

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!

Bill McKibben, Author of The End of Nature and Deep Economics

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.

Diana Nelson Jones, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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!
Rudy Abramson and Jean Haskell, Co-Editors of The Encyclopedia of Appalachia

APPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People is truly powerful. The visuals are spectacular. The beautifully interwoven environmental and human stories should make all Americans stop and reconsider their relationship to this place. The story is carefully woven throughout, and the themes hold together beautifully. The filmmakers produce a new standard for documentary films about Appalachia and provide a new framework for understanding the mountains and our relationship to them. It is a truly powerful piece of work!
Ron Eller, Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, Author of Miners, Millhands, and Mountaineers and Uneven Ground

APPALACHIA is a ground-breaking documentary, telling the story of an important American geographic region like no other has before. It beautifully documents the environmental history of Appalachia, illustrating the many ways the mountain landscape has, for centuries, shaped the destinies of those who have called the region home.
Donald Edward Davis, Author of Where There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of the Southern Appalachians