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The Singing Stream series : the life and legacy of Mrs. Bertha Landis from Creedmoor, North Carolina

Author: Tom Davenport
Publisher: Delaplane, VA : Davenport Films, [2015]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English
Database:WorldCat
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The 1985 "Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle" was the first film to document twentieth-century African American history through the musical traditions and experiences of one family. The central figure in that film was Bertha Landis, born in 1898, who died in 2000 at the age of 102. Whether making their way from tenant farmers to landowners during the Depression or later migrating northward for jobs or finding  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical films
Documentary films
Feature films
Nonfiction films
Biography
Named Person: Bertha Landis; Bertha Landis
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Davenport
OCLC Number: 944191254
Language Note: English.
Notes: "100 years of an American family told through song, stories, and scenes of daily life." -- container.
Description: 1 videodisc (158 min.) : sound, color 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Contents: A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle (1985) --
A singing Stream: Reunion, The Grandchildren (2015).
Other Titles: A Black Family Chronicle
Reunion: The Grandchildren
Responsibility: directed by Tom Davenport and produced with the Landis family grandchildren, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The 1985 "Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle" was the first film to document twentieth-century African American history through the musical traditions and experiences of one family. The central figure in that film was Bertha Landis, born in 1898, who died in 2000 at the age of 102. Whether making their way from tenant farmers to landowners during the Depression or later migrating northward for jobs or finding new careers through education, the Landises kept their sense of kinship and identity. On “any list of the ingredients of black progress in America,” Frye Gaillard wrote, “there is probably none more important than the historic strength of the extended black family.” At the invitation of several of Bertha Landis' grandchildren, Tom Davenport, filmmaker and Folkstreams founder, returned to North Carolina, to work with the family and continue its story into the twenty-first century. The new film—“A Singing Stream: Reunion"—focuses on two groups of grandchildren: the children of Bertha's youngest and only surviving daughter, Priscilla Landis Daniel, who have stayed on and near the home farm in Creedmoor; and the children of Bertha's fourth son, Fleming Landis (d. 2006), who moved to Ohio to work in the tire factories in Akron. The annual family reunion that Bertha Landis helped establish in the 1930s still holds the family together, despite distance and all social and generational changes.

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