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Folkstreams — The Best of American Folklore FIlms (Digital Archive)
24 Mar 2015
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"Folkstreams.net has two goals. One is to build a national preserve of hard-to-find documentary films about American folk or roots cultures. The other is to give them renewed life by streaming them on the internet. The films were produced by independent filmmakers in a golden age that began in the 1960s and was made possible by the development first of portable cameras and then capacity for synch sound. Their films focus on the culture, struggles, and arts of unnoticed Americans from many different regions and communities." 

Folkstreams, founded by Tom Davenport, is an incredible rural cinema resource. The site has a library of over 200 documentaries, all available for home streaming. You can also read essays about American roots cultures and documentary filmmaking. 

This postcard photo was taken by folklorist Allan Tullos during the filming of the 1972 documentary Born for Hard Luck

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Documentary Film Community Cross-Cultural Culture Heritage Preservation Traditional Archive/Index Alaska Appalachia California Hawaii Midwest New England Northeast Northwest Ozarks Rockies Southeast Southwest Texas Folklorist
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