A Portrait of the Ozarks
A Portrait of the Ozarks is a feature-length documentary project examining the role of traditionalism in Ozarks life and how it informs Ozarkers’ responses to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Our goal is to use the story-telling power of documentary film to examine how traditionalism informs Ozarkers’ lives today; how traditionalism is preserved and transmitted to young people in the Ozarks; and what role traditionalism plays in their choices to remain in the Ozarks or leave for other opportunities.
The film will be a follow-up to the 2-part documentary film released in 1981 of the same name, with over 1 million views on YouTube. The original film was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and a more recent Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funded digitization of the film and several of the raw footage camera reels.