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The Hollerin' Contest at Spivey's Corner

Directed by Brian Gersten
Produced by Arlin Golden
A documentary short about the history, characters, and sounds of the National Hollerin' Contest.

Overview

Genre
Cultural History, History, Society, Lifestyle, and Biography
Synopsis

"The Hollerin' Contest at Spivey's Corner" is a short documentary that follows the stories of three unique competitors at the National Hollerin' Contest, an annual competition that’s been held in Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina since 1969. Hollerin’ itself is considered by some to be one of the earliest forms of communication between humans. It was originally used in rural areas before the days of telecommunications to convey long-distance messages. At the height of the contest’s popularity in the 1970s, winners would regularly appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the Late Show with David Letterman. Interest and awareness of the competition has waned in recent years, but our three contestants still have the same goal in sight – to become the undisputed National Hollerin’ Champion.

Stage
finished
Running time
17 and 12 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Country
United States
Years of Production
2014-2015
Locations
North Carolina
Prod. Partners
Liv Dubendorf

Distribution Details

Release year
2015
Festivals
Underexposed Film Fest, Atlanta Docufest, Dam Short Film Fest, Sebastopol Documentary Film Fest, Riverrun International Film Fest, DOQU Fest, Longleaf Film Fest, deadCENTER Film Fest, Drunken Film Fest, Real to Reel Film Fest, Sidewalk Film Fest
Awards
Platinum Award at the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards, Best Student Documentary at Real to Reel Film Fest
Distribution
Streaming on Kanopy & PBS
Broadcast (Acq.)
Kanopy & Reel South on PBS
Language
English

Photos

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