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Help tell the story of paradise lost and the birth of a new national park.
Help tell the story of paradise lost and the birth of a new national park.
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This documentary tells the story of the Cataloochee Valley, the settlers who lived there for a hundred years, and the movement to form a national park that includes this special place. The beginning of the film includes a section on the Cherokee relationship to the land prior to white settlement. The Cataloochee settlers themselves tell the story of their time in the valley with humor and poignant memories. In the conclusion, Cataloochee settlers reflect on the park and comment on how their feelings have either changed over time to embrace the public space or remained embittered. The narrative repeats the universal themes of migration, settlement and loss of community.

The film was shot in 2012 and is in post-production. Funds are needed to finish sound mixing and scoring, as well as provide festival fees.

There will be public premieres at Western Carolina University and in Haywood County, North Carolina, this fall. The project is being done for the Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society as well as serving as my thesis project for film school. DVD's of this film will be sold by the Haywood County Historical Society for the preservation of the historic buildings in Cataloochee and future educational projects.

Flora, Marshall, Juanita, Homer Caldwell with Ted
Flora, Marshall, Juanita, Homer Caldwell with Ted

Risks and challenges

This documentary is currently in its fourth edit. Because it is a feature-length film, the editing is a challenging task. Refining the edit to tell the story well is the major obstacle to resolve, and the time to do this is short. However, the process is already far along and the story outline is clear, so I am confident that this will be finished by September for preview and focus group feedback. Further refinement after that will be complete in time for final delivery of DVD's by December of 2013.

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    If you are a Cataloochee settler or descendent, you will be getting your copy of the DVD free of charge, courtesy of the Cataloochee Council. You do not need to donate money to get your DVD.
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    When the film is completed, you will get a copy of the finished DVD if you provide a snail mail address in the U.S. Thank you!

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    You may order additional copies of the DVD for your friends and family - up to 5! And you will be thanked for being so wonderful!

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    You may order additional copies of the DVD - up to 10! And you will be invited to the red carpet premiere screening in Haywood County. Your name will be added to the credits as a donor. Thank you for being so generous!

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