The Winding Stream:
The Carters, the Cashes & the Course of Country Music

http://thewindingstream.com/
Directed by Beth Harrington
USA, 2014, 91 min, in English

THE WINDING STREAM is a story about the family at the heart of American roots music. Starting with the Original Carter Family—A.P., Sara and Maybelle—the film traces the trio’s early musical success, the transformation of the act into The Carter Sisters, June Carter’s marriage to legend Johnny Cash, and the efforts of the present-day Carter family to keep the music alive.

"Impressively researched and deftly crafted...Genuinely uplifting."
Variety

 



UPCOMING SCREENINGS   

Floyd, VA
April 13, 2017
 
 

PREVIOUS SCREENINGS

Bristol, TN
October 23, 2016
 
New Carlisle, OH
August 20, 2016
 
Cornelius, NC
August 19-21, 2016
 
Pleasantville, NY
August 4, 2016
 
Wilmington, OH
July 22, 2016
 
Port Townsend, WA
June 30, 2016
Wheeler Theatre, Fort Worden - Presented by Port Townsend Film Festival & Centrum Voiceworks
 
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
June 24, 2016
*Filmusic Festival
 
Toronto, ON
May 16 & 18, 2016
 
Independence, VA
 
Galax, VA
May 12, 2016
 
Galax, VA
May 9, 2016

Mount Airy, NC
May 6-9 & 11, 2016
The Earle Theatre
*Presented by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation  

Vancouver, WA
April 23, 2016
Kiggins Theatre

Berkeley, CA
April 22-May 5, 2016
Rialto Cinemas - Elmwood
*Director Beth Harrington with New Oak Pilgrims 4/23
 
Sebastopol, CA
April 22-May 5, 2016
Rialto Cinemas - Sebastopol
*Director Beth Harrington with Love Choir 4/24

San Francisco, CA
April 22-28, 2016
Balboa Theatre 
*Director Beth Harrington with The Lonesome Pine Special 4/22

Chico, CA
April 21, 2016
Pageant Theatre
*Director Beth Harrington with Jonathan Richman, Hallelujah Junction and Friends

Toronto, ON
April 8-14, 2016
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Ashland, VA
April 9, 2016
Ashland Theatre

Rehoboth Beach, DE
April 7, 2016
Rehoboth Beach Film Society

Concord, NH
March 25, 2016
NHTI Film Society

Leavenworth, WA
March 24, 2016
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts
*Director Beth Harrington in person

Yellow Springs, OH
March 24 & April 2, 2016
Little Art Theatre
*Pre-screening music by The Corndrinkers 3/24

Holland, MI
March 14-19, 2016
Knickerbocker Theatre

Bryn Mawr, PA
March 2, 2016
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
*Pre-screening music from Hannah Taylor, Zach Wallace, and Hurricane Hoss

Toronto, ON
February 28, 2016
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema 
*Director Beth Harrington in person with live music by Skip Drake

Bellevue, WA
February 25-26, 2016
Wintergrass Music Festival
*Director Beth Harrington in person 2/26 with live music by Petunia

Bucksport, ME
February 25, 2016
Northeast Historic Film/Alamo Theatre
*Pre-screening music

West Vancouver, BC
February 16, 2016
Kay Meek Centre
*Pre-screening music by Fraser Union

Omaha, NE
February 14, 2016
Film Streams

Pleasantville, NY
February 11, 2016
Jacob Burns Film Center
* Pre-screening music by The Shovel Ready String Band

Houston, TX
February 6, 2016
  
Ithaca, NY
January 28-29, 2016
 
Helena, MT
January 22-February 18, 2016
Myrna Loy Center

Santa Fe, NM
January 22-28, 2016
The Screen

Florence, OR
January 15 & 25, 2016
City Lights Cinemas

Norfolk, VA
January 13, 2016
Naro Cinema
*Pre-screening music by Mountaintide and Who We Are Not

St. Louis, MO
January 8-10, 2016
Webster University Film Series

Columbus, OH
January 8-9, 2016
Wexner Center for the Arts
*Pre-screening music by The Corndrinkers 1/9

Vancouver, BC
January 4-7, 2016
*Pre-screening music by Petunia 1/4
*Director Beth Harrington in person 1/4 & 1/5
 
Albuquerque, NM
January 2-6, 2016
 
Oklahoma City, OK
January 2-3, 2016
 
Hartford, CT
December 18-24 & 26-27, 2015
*Director Beth Harrington in person 12/18
*Acoustic bluegrass jam 12/19
 
Amherst, MA
December 18-24, 2015
*Director Beth Harrington in person 12/20
 
New York, NY
December 16-22, 2015
IFC Center
*Director Beth Harrington in person 12/16 with live music by Jan Bell & The Maybelles
*Director Beth Harrington in person 12/17 with live music by Smokey Hormel
 
Tryon, NC
December 14-15, 2015
Tyron Theatre
 
Lowell, MA
December 5, 12, 18, 2015
The Luna Theater
 
Dallas, TX
December 4, 2015
Texas Theatre
 
Seattle, WA
November 27-30, 2015
Northwest Film Forum
 
Vancouver, WA
November 21, November 27-December 1, December 27 2015
*Director Beth Harrington in person 11/21 with pre-screening music by The Pearls
 
Houston, TX
November 14 & 19, 2015
Houston Cinema Arts Festival
*Director Beth Harrington in person 11/14 with pre-screening music by Hogan & Moss 11/14 & 11/19
 
Minneapolis, MN
November 15, 2015
Sound Unseen
 
Pittsburgh, PA
November 15, 2015
Hollywood Theater
 
Fairhope, AL
November 15, 2015
 
Bellingham, WA
November 14-15, 2015
 
Bellingham, WA
November 2, 2015
Pickford Film Center
 
Lincoln, NE
October 30-November 5, 2015
*Director Beth Harrington in person 10/30
 
Salt Lake City, UT
October 27, 2015
 
Cloverdale, CA
October 24 & 25, 2015
 
Bloomington, IN
October 18, 2015

Hudson, NY
October 16-25, 2015
Time & Space Limited

San Diego, CA
October 16-22, 2015
Digital Gym

Soundtrack Release
The Winding Stream
October 16, 2015
Omnivore Recordings

Phoenix, AZ
October 16, 2015
FilmBar

Tallahassee, FL
October 9, 11, 18, 2015
Tallahassee Film Society

Albuquerque, NM
October 4-8, 2015
Guild Cinema

Ashland, OR
October 2-8, 2015
Varsity Theatre - Varsity World Film Week
 
Los Angeles, CA
October 6, 2015
*Director Beth Harrington in person with Murry Hammond of the Old 97's
 
Milwaukee, WI
October 1-2 & 5, 2015
Milwaukee Film Festival - Sound Vision
 
Tacoma, WA
September 29, 2015
*Director Beth Harrington in person with pre-screening music by Petunia

Seattle, WA
September 28, 2015
Northwest Film Forum - Local Sightings
*Director Beth Harrington in person with pre-screening music by Petunia

Winchester, VA
September 25, 2015
Alamo Drafthouse - part of Film Club’s Lost Weekend

Portland, OR
September 25, 2015
Hollywood Theatre

Savannah, GA
September 20, 2015
Muse Arts Warehouse
*Presented by the Psychotronic Film Society 

Portland, OR
September 17, 2015
Hollywood Theatre
*Director Beth Harrington in person with pre-screening music by Counterfeit Cash

Sacramento, CA
July 11, 2015
Crest Theatre

New Orleans, LA
May 31 & June 2, 2015,
filmOrama

Cleveland, OH
March 25-27, 2015
Cleveland International Film Festival

Colebrook, NH
November 26, 2016
 
Lewisburg, WV
February 16, 2017

SYNOPSIS

SHORT SYNOPSIS

THE WINDING STREAM is a story about the family at the heart of American roots music—The Carters and Cashes. Starting with the Original Carter Family—A.P., Sara and Maybelle—the film traces the trio’s early musical success, the transformation of the act into The Carter Sisters, June Carter’s marriage to legend Johnny Cash, and the efforts of the present-day Carter family to keep the music alive. Part history, part performance, part family saga, the film illuminates the Carter’s musical and cultural contributions and features a who’s who of Americana music including Johnny Cash, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and more. Includes a compelling appearance by Johnny Cash in one of his last interviews.

LONG SYNOPSIS

THE WINDING STREAM tells the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and Cashes. Starting with the Original Carter Family—A.P., Sara and Maybelle—the film traces the ebb and flow of their influence, the transformation of that act into The Carter Sisters, June Carter’s marriage to legend Johnny Cash, and the efforts of the present-day Carter family to keep this long musical legacy alive. The Carters didn’t just play the music of their hill country upbringing. They helped invent it. The stream they created has turned into a rushing river and has moved through several generations of musicians. Arguably, there would be no Folk Revival of the ‘60s without the Carters, no country-rock bands of the ‘70s, and no “Americana” artists of our present era without them. Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Keep on the Sunny Side. Worried Man Blues. Are You Lonesome Tonight? These are just some of the hundreds of songs the Carters presented to the world. It’s hard to overstate their influence on American music and that influence continues in subsequent generations of family musicians. Part history, part performance, part family saga, the film illuminates the Carter’s musical and cultural contributions and features a who’s who of Americana music including Johnny Cash, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and more. The film includes a compelling appearance by Johnny Cash in one of his last interviews.

TRAILER

REVIEWS

"Thoughtfully assembled...Exudes a quirky warmth."
New York Times (NYT Critics' Pick)

"Packs enough drama, music and history to fuel a miniseries...Thoroughly entertaining."
The Hollywood Reporter

"A real crowd-pleaser...Superb historical footage and rare music clips."
Boston Globe

"Likely to thrill devotees as it hips new audiences...The film stands as a reminder of how much it can mean just to listen."
Village Voice (Critics' Pick)

"Cogent and compelling as a pop-culture history lesson, and genuinely uplifting."
Variety

"Fascinating...the music lives on."
Rolling Stone (Best of SxSW Music Movies)

"Informative and provocative."
Billboard

"A gift to anyone interested in our musical roots."
Mother Jones

"A deeply satisfying traditional doc about deeply satisfying traditional music that balances reverence and dramatic edge."
Nonfics.com (10 Best Music Documentaries of 2014)

"For anyone with even a passing interest in pop music, Harrington's richly textured doc is a treasure of folkloric Americana."
East Bay Express

"Illuminating history lesson...with clever animation and engaging interviews."
San Francisco Chronicle

"Beth Harrington's lovely documentary...doubles as a history of the spread of folk music."
SF Weekly

"Equal parts musical entertainment and emotional human experience."
Berkeley Daily Planet

"Honest and heartfelt as a country song."
Oregonian

"A handsome and nigh-faultless history of [an] iconic roots dynasty...that’ll have country and roots music fans salivating."
City Arts

"Will take you on a marvelous meandering journey through American musical history that you will never forget."
Movie Magazine International

"A pure delight."
Vancouver Observer

"A loving and comprehensive tribute to the timeless music of this musical dynasty."
Film Journal International

"A must-see for anyone interested in American roots and folk music. Includes some knockout musical performances...that are worth the price of admission alone."
Tallahassee Democrat

"Fresh and revealing...the music is the final element that lifts The Winding Stream into the sublime "
Lincoln Journal Star

"Rich with legends from the mountains of Virginia and beyond.  A well made, informative, emotional documentary."
American Standard Time

"It’s the story of a family hanging together over nearly a century, and of a specific strain of popular music that runs through America like no other."
NOW Magazine

"Harrington reaffirms her status as one of our most worthy musical film directors."
Goldmine

"The history is surprising and fascinating. The film is rich in fresh detail and insights."
The Utah Review

"By the time we lift the needle off the 78 player and head for home, we’re quite in love with Maybelle and the Carter clan."
Helena Independent Record

"A must-see for roots music enthusiasts."
Bold Life Magazine

"An apt and wonderful tribute to the Carter-Cash musicians, their devotion to family, and their contributions to American music."
Texas Art & Film

"An affectionate and often compelling tribute that’s accessible to both longtime fans and newcomers alike."
what (not) to doc

"Brings warmth and depth...that helps you appreciate the classic songs even more."
Santa Fe New Mexican

"A documentary clearly forged from the love of its subject."
Riverfront Times

"If you think country & western amounts to little more than a guy or gal in a cowboy hat warbling about a truck, all it will take is a couple of minutes of the Carters' raw energy to set the record straight."
San Diego Reader

"For lovers of country and roots music this is a film not to be missed."
The Horn

"A real treat...skillfully interweaves archival photography and recordings with animation."
Christianity Today

"The film’s level of detail is uncommon and hearing it all in the voices of the original trio’s surviving descendants, along with archival recordings of Maybelle and Sara, is thrilling."
Post Defiance

"An incredible story that strikes at the heart of country music and its preservation."
Elmore Magazine

"Crafted like a great country song, full of love, heartbreak, triumph, loss and redemption."
Berkshire Fine Arts

"Concise and informative...Entertaining."
Cleveland Movie Blog

"Simply put, it is the greatest documentary about musicians I have ever seen."
Louis Proyect

"A loving, musical look at the path carved by the family, whose music influenced a young Johnny Cash."
Cleveland Magazine

ABQ Free Press

INTERVIEWS & MEDIA

HuffPost Live

Indiewire

The Bluegrass Situation

The Columbian

The Columbian

North Shore News

"Wonderful."
Oregon Live

"A long-term labor of love, the film will be of interest to anyone with even a passing interest in country music."
Berkeleyside

"Not only a fascinating historical excavation of a family’s enormous contribution to American music, The Winding Stream is also visually stunning."
She Shreds

"The family’s contribution to country, folk, and roots music is vast."
Art Fuse

"This is a story for the ages."
The Real Easy Ed

"A fascinating look at one family’s experience at the heart of what we now call country music."
Connect Savannah

"The first non-fiction feature to offer a definitive look into the history, legacy and ongoing worldwide influence of Virginia’s famed Carter Family."
Do Savannah

eFilmCritic

STILLS

TWS Poster Website

The Original Carter Family: Sara, Maybelle, and A.P.

The Carter Family at Border Radio (XET)

Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters

June Carter and Johnny Cash

Janette and Joe Carter

Beth Harrington, director of "The Winding Stream"