New documentary features Nacoochee Valley Mound
A new documentary, based on the book "Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound" by Emory Jones, will premiere at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the mainstage theatre at the Swanson Center for Performing Arts & Communications at Piedmont College. Admission is free.
This 60-minute documentary, with the same title as the book, is a combination of video and still images featuring the art, voices and on-camera appearances of more than 30 prominent northeast Georgians, including original music by nationally known local musician, DeDe Vogt.
Instead of a single narrator, co-producers, Emory Jones and film maker David Greear, used the voices, faces, and art of the people who know this Indian mound and the surrounding area best. "That decision made this a community project, with lots of local involvement and support, which I think is wonderful," says Mark Johnson, president of the White County Historical Society, the primary underwriter for the project.
"The scope of this reaches far beyond just the Indian mound," Johnson said. "It also includes the nearby L.G. Hardman estate and the Nacoochee Valley area, as well as stories from artists, poets and others who have found inspiration here. Emory and David have produced a masterpiece that absolutely brings this significant part of North Georgia to life.
"The art, stories and history preserved here make this documentary timeless. This DVD is something every person who loves this area will want to own and watch time and time again."
Some of the North Georgians featured include: Garrison Baker, Paul Brown, Billy Chism, Judy Bynum George, Mildred Greear, Dr. Phillip Greear, John Erbele, Candice Felice, Dr. Scott Hancock, Phil Hudgins, John Kollock, Dr. Tom Lumsden, Betty Highsmith, Bill House, Linda Jordan, Cindy Randolph, Gordon Sawyer, Nona Stephens, Charles Stephens, Becky Threlkeld, Johnny Vardeman, Dr. Max White and Dr. George Williams III.
In addition to the White County Historical Society, the project was also underwritten by Habersham EMC and Piedmont College. Additional underwriting was provided by Betty's Country Store, Community Bank and Trust, ERA ALCO Realty, Fourth Mountain Realty, LoganBerry Heritage Farm, Northeast Georgia History Center, Mountain Valley Community Bank, Peach State Bank & Trust, Sautee Nacoochee Center, Silver Image Studio, United Community Bank, White County News, and Yonah Mountain Treasures.
The DVD will be available this fall in numerous retail outlets throughout Northeast Georgia at a suggested retail price of $19.95.