In the early stages of his work on “Fading Fabric: Remembering Our Textile Heritage,” filmmaker Joel Blackwelder learned about Remember Cliffside and decided to include the story of our efforts in the film.
And so, in Part 3, you'll see a five-minute segment called “Information Highway” devoted to it and to our town.
As an article in Creative Loafing put it, “Fading Fabric” is a love letter of sorts to textile workers and the folks who preserve the culture of cotton mill life. It documents how artists, activists and mill-worker descendents have used mediums from drama to music to the Internet in depicting mill town life.
Although he made it on a miniscule budget, it's comparable to many seen on national networks. As writer, producer, cameraman and director he did a masterful job.
If you've ever lived or worked in a mill town, as Joel did, these scenes and stories will bring back memories of those times.
If you haven't, you'll learn about a proud culture that is gone and won't return.
(If the video is sluggish on this site, try it on YouTube.)
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