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04/13/2016

Beth Harrington: Best of Coffeeshop Conversations

By TOM D'ANTONI // The Winding Stream, Beth Harrington's documentary on the Carter Family tells a great story about American music. But the story of the making of the film ranks right up there. We had a good time. You will too.

Both interviews I had scheduled this week for this week had to cancel, so in this spot where one would have appeared, I thought I'd bring back a splendid conversation I had with filmmaker Beth Harrington. We had a lot of fun.

This ran on January 8, 2015. By now the doc has been screened all over the country to universal acclaim. -- TVD

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The Winding Stream, Beth Harrington's documentary on the Carter Family tells a great story about American music. But the story of the making of the film ranks right up there. It's formal title is The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes & the course of Country music.

OMN's Ana Ammann wrote about her:

Beth Harrington is a story teller.  The stories she tells are about those people, places and things in our culture that need to be remembered, shared and passed on.  As a documentary filmmaker for the past 30 years, Harrington has produced, directed and written her own films, as well as researched and developed shows for PBS, WGBH, and Oregon Public Broadcasting.  The story she is currently documenting is one for the history books – it is the chronicle of a family and the music they made that sits in the heart of American culture, and you have an opportunity to help bring it to life. 


I've known her since 1998 or 9. We're not exactly sure how we met but I think it had something to do with Harpo Marx' son.

We sat in the Cupping Room of World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan, where all of the Coffeeshop Conversations take place. We had a good time. You will too.

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