Interview with Mimi Pickering, January 28, 2016

Project: Exploring the Legacies of Appalshop Oral History Project

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In a continuation of previous interviews conducted by Jeff Keith, Mimi Pickering discusses her work at Appalshop mainly during the period of the 1980s. She talks about the planning of a film series on the history of Appalachia, which was ultimately never completed due to funding cuts on the federal level after the election of President Ronald Reagan. She discusses films she worked on during this period, describing in detail the process of creating the films "Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1910-1983", "I'm What This Is All About", and "Chemical Valley", some of which were created with Anne Lewis. She discusses the political aspects of Appalshop, Appalachian music, and the general attitude toward politics in America during the '80s. She discusses the creation of the Community Media Initiative (CMI), Appalshop's radio station WMMT, and talks about gender issues at Appalshop.

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2016oh031_appal025

Interviewee Name

Mimi Pickering

Interviewer Name

Jeffrey A. Keith

Rayna Gellert

Interview Date

2016-01-28

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Pickering, Mimi Interview by Jeffrey A. Keith. 28 Jan. 2016. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Pickering, M. (2016, January 28). Interview by J. A. Keith. Exploring the Legacies of Appalshop Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Pickering, Mimi, interview by Jeffrey A. Keith. January 28, 2016, Exploring the Legacies of Appalshop Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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