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It Ain't City Music

Filmed at the National Country Music Contest in Warrenton, Virginia -- the oldest country music contest in the nation, where musicians and their families and fans have been coming for years. These people share values and a lifestyle that finds its expression in country music.

Most of the people interviewed in the film were originally from the country, and they speak nostalgically about their rural origins, their folks, the depression and hard times. ("We didn't have no food, but Mama always had the guitar on the front porch.") But now many have left the hills and moved into town, into suburbia, and into the city. Increasingly the themes of country music songs deal with the complications of life away from the farm. "Any country song you hear nowdays, the guy's either in jail or just got divorced..." notes a man who continues, "...but it's their lives and they write songs about it."
(15 minutes)

• Baltimore Independent Film Festival -- Second Prize
• Mid-West Film Festival -- Juror Prize
• Sweet Briar (VA) Film Festival -- Presentation Award
• Sinking Creek Festival -- Director's Choice
• Cracow International Film Festival
• Museum of Modern Art -- Special Showing
• CINE Golden Eagle award