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Lee Sexton started playing banjo when he was 8 years old, the son of a farmer and coal miner in an area of Kentucky known for poverty and coal mines. At 88, he still farms and is a revered musician, a living link to the deep past of American music.

Deep in Kentucky coal country, Lee & Opal Sexton continue to farm their land along Linefork Creek. Well into his eighties, Lee is a retired coal miner and revered banjo legend, a living link to the deep past of American music. Though hampered by hearing loss, Lee continues to perform at square dances and teach his distinctive style to a new generation eager to preserve a vanishing cultural tradition. Filmed over three years, Linefork offers an immersive view of Lee and Opal’s daily rituals and their inherent resiliency, while documenting the raw yet delicate music of a singular musician, linked to the past yet immediately present.

Year: 2016
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Minutes: 98


D, F, E, P: Jeff Silva, Vic Rawlings S: Ernst Karel M: Lee Sexton 


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Vic Rawlings

Bought his first motion picture camera in 2012 to begin work on Linefork as Co-Director/Cinematographer/Editor with Jeff Silva; he was soon taught by Ernst Karel to record sound. He considers himself a lucky man. This project marks his entree to filmmaking. He is a musician and freelance teacher who tours internationally. As a multi-instrumentalist...

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Jeff Silva

He’s a film professor and programmer. He directed the documentaries Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Measures of War (2008) and Ivan and Ivana (2011).

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