Hamper McBee (1978)

About the Film

A candid portrait of the Tennesse ballad singer, story-teller, and part-time moonshiner Hamper McBee.

Hamper learned much lf his music from his father and friends around Monteagle Mountain and had established a reputation at folk festivals in the 1970s as an accomplished and expressive ballad singer.

The film follows Hamper as he works, socializes, and talks about his music. He sings "Black Jack Davy," "Nine Hundred Miles," Wayfaring Stranger," "Rye Whiskey," and a song he wrote himself "Bill Malone," about the local constable who routinely arrested Hamper when he had too much to drink.

Hamper McBee is also a moonshiner, and Raw Mash shows him plying his trade at this nearly lost art.

Filmmakers Blaine Dunlap and Sol Korine were pioneers in their use of early portable video equipment to make independent films. See the left sidebar on MAKING THE FILM.

Licensing

For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Blaine Dunlap, Sol Korine, the distributor , or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Blaine Dunlap, Sol Korine
  • Produced by: Sol Korine
  • Cinematographer: Blaine Dunlap
  • Sound: Ron Judkins
  • Editor: Blaine Dunlap with Lamar Howard
  • Other Credits: Associate Producer, Charles Wolfe. Executive Producer, John Haney.
  • Funding: Tennessee Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Independent Documentary Fund.
  • Original Format: 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
  • ©1978, Sol Korine and Blaine Dunlap
  • 29 mins, Color
  • Categories:
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