Upcoming Screenings

April 24th, 2010 (Saturday)

Saturday, April 24 at 10:30 am : Fredericksburg, Virginia showing of Melungeon Voices at the Massaponax Bapitst Church. Writer and Director Julie Williams Dixon will be in attendance to speak briefly following the film and for Q & A. Additionally, Debbie Sue DeHart of the Mine Run Chapter of the DAR will talk briefly regarding the possible Melungeon ancestry of Abraham Lincoln.

The event is sponsored by the Mine Run chapter of the DAR. Admission is free, but a small donation is suggested.

Massaponax Baptist Church is located at the intersection of US Route 1 and Massaponax Church Road in Spotsylvania County, approximately 3 miles south of I-95 off Exit #126. For more information about the event contact Cindy Kohl at 540-846-6649.

OCTOBER 28th Johnson City , TN
OCTOBER 29th Abingdon, VA

“Melungeon Voices,” a documentary film featuring Dr. Brent Kennedy and other leading Melungeon researchers will screen in Johnson City on Wednesday, October 28th, and again Thursday evening the 29th in Abingdon

The film was written and directed by Wise, Virginia native Julie Williams Dixon, and she will be at both screenings in the area this week. On Wednesday, Dixon will take part in a panel discussion as part of the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival. The panel discussion, focused on the issues, challenges and rewards of making movies in and about Appalachia, is at 4:00 pm in Ball Hall on the campus of ETSU, followed by a Filmmakers Reception at 5:00, and a screening of Melungeon Voices at 6:00 pm.

On Thursday evening the 57 minute documentary will be shown at 7:30 pm in the Executive Auditorium at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. The Abingdon event is sponsored by the Arts Array cultural outreach series at Virginia Highlands Community College

Part genealogy, part genetics and part geography lesson, the film explores early history from a vantage point not often found in textbooks. Examining the possible origins for the mysterious Melungeons quickly becomes a lesson in world history, migration patterns and pre-colonial and colonial era race relations.

Some claim that the people known as Melungeons may have been living in the central Appalachians since the early 1600s. Oral traditions claim Portuguese ancestry, but there are arguments that they may have been descendants of Spanish, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish sailors who intermixed with Blacks and Native Americans.

In “Melungeon Voices,” we follow Dr. Brent Kennedy’s quest for his ancestors’ true ethnicity, and see how his theories empowered, impassioned, and sometimes enraged others.

Other leading Melungeon researchers, and descendants, including Jack Goins, Wayne Winkler, Seven Gibson, Scott Collins, Claude Collins, and Darlene Wilson, provide a lively overview of the countless theories of origin for the Melungeons.

The film was photographed by Emmy-award winning director of photography, Warren Gentry.

The film screenings are free and there will be copies of the film for sale at the Abingdon showing. The film is also offered for sale online at http://www.melungeonvoices.com, and is available at the Southwest Virginia Museum in Big Stone Gap.

For more information about the Abingdon event, contact Ben Jennings, the Arts Array Coordinator, at (276) 739-2447 or bjennings@vhcc.edu For more information about the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival visit http://www.soapiff.com or contact Mark Compton at 423-743-7627.

Wednesday night, May 13th
National Genealogical Society Conference, Raleigh, NC

In May of 2009, Melungeon Voices will be shown on the opening night of the National Genealogical Society's annual conference being held in Raleigh, NC at the new downtown Convention Center.  This year's conference, "The Building of a Nations. From Roanoke to he West" is hosted by The North Carolina Genealogical Society.  
The film will be one of several events available to conference participants, and the general public, on Wednesday night, May 13th. There is NO admission fee to the showing of the film. Filmmakers Julie Williams Dixon and Warren Gentry, both residents of Raleigh will be on hand to discuss the film.
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Friday morning, March 20th
Dalton State College, Dalton, Georgia

'"Melungeon Voices" will be shown as part of "Diversity and Change in Appalachia" a conference for Social Service and Allied Health Professionals, AND interested citizens.

For more details about the 9:00 am showing on the campus of Dalton State College open this PDF. All are welcome!

Monday night, March 2nd
"Melungeon Voices" will be shown at The Tomatoe Head, on Market Square in Knoxville, TN
Julie Williams Dixon will be on hand for Q & A after the screening.

The show begins at 7:00 pm and also includes a screening of "The Pioneer Doctor" a short film set in Southern Appalachia, 1849. This drama revolves around the fictional Gist family and their coming to terms with the loss of a son, Isaac & the resulting depression effecting the mother. Created by Blount County native, Jason Woods and William Isom II of Hamblen County, Pioneer Doctor was shot on location in East Tennessee utilizing the historic sights of the region.

We'll also be graced that night by the music of Jon Worley of The Cornbread Blues Band.

This screening is hosted by Melange: bitter-sweet cinema. Melange is a collaboration between William Isom II and Sweet Southern Pixels, a media artists collective of women. Both groups are based out of Knoxville, Tennessee and aim to provide venues and voices for those who deserve to be seen & heard.

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