News, premieres and screenings of Down in the Old Belt:
Appalachian Film Festival, April 27-29, 2006, Huntingtion, WV.
Click here for pictures and report on the Appalachian Film Festival.
Welcome to Swinging Gate Productions, LLC. We are pleased to announce the completion of the documentary film, Down in the Old Belt: Voices from the tobacco south.
From Jamestown to the Buyout, “Down in the Old Belt” traces the history and culture of tobacco in the Old Belt of Virginia, revealing tobacco’s historic decline in context to the land and its farming people.
"I could almost smell the tobacco in the fields and in the barn. This film is excellent."
—Pete Daniel, Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of American History
—Nancy King, producer, With Good Reason public radio program.
"A remarkable achievement—400 years of history condensed
into one eloquent film that lets tobacco farmers speak for themselves.”
—Rex Bowman, Richmond Times Dispatch
"The narrative is rich with contrasts and clarity."
—Ann Weinstein, Art Critic, Senior News, Roanoke, VA
We are pleased to announce that
Down in the Old Belt: Voices from the tobacco south
has been licensed by the Films Media Group
of New York City.
We no longer offer DVD's of the Old Belt
documentary for sale online.
To purchase Down in the Old Belt
go to this online link:
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