Beth Harrington’s newest documentary, The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music, which has its Braintree, MA premiere as the opening night film at the 23rd annual Woods Hole Film Festival Saturday, is all about music. It focuses on the story of the Carter Family. Her previous film, Welcome to the Club: The Women of Rockabilly, though made back in 2001, has a direct connection to the new one.
“I was working on ‘Welcome to the Club’,” she said. “I’d written some narration, and I wanted the voice of a woman, maybe someone who was in the music world, someone with an understanding of the generational aspects of this music, music that people were playing it in the ‘50s, and are still playing. I thought Rosanne Cash would be good, and she agreed to do it.” Cash, a country-pop star in her own right, is the daughter of music legend Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto. When Harrington began thinking about doing another music documentary, she recalled that many of the women she interviewed in the rockabilly film talked about the Carters.
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