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."
April 23, 2016
San Francisco, CA
April 22-28, 2016
*Director Beth Harrington with The Lonesome Pine Special 4/22
April 21, 2016
*Director Beth Harrington with Jonathan Richman, Hallelujah Junction and Friends
April 8-14, 2016
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
April 9, 2016
Rehoboth Beach, DE
April 7, 2016
Rehoboth Beach Film Society
March 25, 2016
NHTI Film Society
March 24, 2016
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts
*Director Beth Harrington in person
March 14-19, 2016
Bryn Mawr, PA
March 2, 2016
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
*Pre-screening music from Hannah Taylor, Zach Wallace, and Hurricane Hoss
February 25, 2016
Northeast Historic Film/Alamo Theatre
February 14, 2016
Santa Fe, NM
January 22-28, 2016
January 15 & 25, 2016
City Lights Cinemas
St. Louis, MO
January 8-10, 2016
Webster University Film Series
October 16-25, 2015
Time & Space Limited
San Diego, CA
October 16-22, 2015
The Winding Stream
October 16, 2015
October 16, 2015
October 9, 11, 18, 2015
Tallahassee Film Society
October 4-8, 2015
September 25, 2015
Alamo Drafthouse - part of Film Club’s Lost Weekend
September 25, 2015
September 20, 2015
Muse Arts Warehouse
*Presented by the Psychotronic Film Society
September 17, 2015
*Director Beth Harrington in person with pre-screening music by Counterfeit Cash
July 11, 2015
New Orleans, LA
May 31 & June 2, 2015,
March 25-27, 2015
Cleveland International Film Festival
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.
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.
"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."
"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."
"Fascinating...the music lives on."
Rolling Stone (Best of SxSW Music Movies)
"Informative and provocative."
"A gift to anyone interested in our musical roots."
"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."
"Equal parts musical entertainment and emotional human experience."
Berkeley Daily Planet
"Honest and heartfelt as a country song."
"A handsome and nigh-faultless history of [an] iconic roots dynasty...that’ll have country and roots music fans salivating."
"Will take you on a marvelous meandering journey through American musical history that you will never forget."
Movie Magazine International
"A pure delight."
"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."
"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."
"Harrington reaffirms her status as one of our most worthy musical film directors."
"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."
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"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."
"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."
"A real treat...skillfully interweaves archival photography and recordings with animation."
"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."
"An incredible story that strikes at the heart of country music and its preservation."
"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."
"A loving, musical look at the path carved by the family, whose music influenced a young Johnny Cash."
"A long-term labor of love, the film will be of interest to anyone with even a passing interest in country music."
"Not only a fascinating historical excavation of a family’s enormous contribution to American music, The Winding Stream is also visually stunning."
"The family’s contribution to country, folk, and roots music is vast."
"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."
"The first non-fiction feature to offer a definitive look into the history, legacy and ongoing worldwide influence of Virginia’s famed Carter Family."