Stan Woodward's A LENS ON THE SOUTH lecture series with films and talks is now available to Colleges and Universities which have acquired The Lifeworks Collection by Southern Culture and Folklife producer, Stan Woodward.
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Stan Woodward is touring with his collection, sharing the story of his 40 years of documentary filmmaking, having traveled into the far reaches of the South to uncover and capture folk heritage traditions which, over these years, have become very fragile - with many traditions disappearing - in a "New South" trying to catch up with the popular and technological trends of the analogue-to-digital-to-instantaneous wireless communications that have shaped the country and the audience for the 21st century. Drawing from the 1500 hours of video in The Woodward Studio Folklife Video Archive, Woodward weaves narrative with supporting film clips and selected screenings of entire films to put a frame around an era when America left behind its awareness and appreciation of folk heritage traditions that upheld and celebrated the South's ancestral roots in an agrarian culture and society.
"A rapidly changing global telecommunication and social media age is upon us. There is no breaking news anywhere in the remotest reaches of the planet that a news crew cannot get to and report on within two hours, while a satelliite camera focuses in on it immediately from space. Little wonder that the collapse of family roots and long upheld and treasured folk heritage traditions fade away in the wake of these changes. This presentations looks at iconic folk heritage traditions and the people who maintained them in the late 20th century and early 21st century and considers the forces at work that have affected these traditions, and that threaten remaining traditions and their practitioners today."
- Stan Woodward
Any studies about Southern history, Southern Americana, American folklore and folklife, African American and Anglo-American folk heritage foodways, history and religion, or folk heritage foodways in general will benefit from the Lifeworks Collection of Stan Woodward. It stands as one of the most incisive looks into the agrarian roots and the tapestry of Southern culture and folklife. It examines the very threads that weave together the tapestry.
The LENS ON THE SOUTH film lecture and screenings by Stan Woodward expands the view on the South by expounding on the films in this collection. The lecture series is available to all colleges and universities who have purchased these films in the LIFEWORKS COLLECTION.
Inquiries can be made by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 864-901-9738, or writing A Lens On the South at 1815 Cleveland Street Ext., Greenville, SC 29607