Tomorrow's People (Film)

Tomorrow's People

  •  Gene DuBey
  •  1973
  • Color IconColor
  •  17:00
  •  16 mm film
Film Description
A sight and sound experience of mountain music and culture, Tomorrow’s People is an Appalachian precursor to today’s music video. I.D. Stamper’s dulcimer music and a lively banjo/fiddle/guitar “breakdown” are accompanied by a visual essay on Appalachian people and places that mixes archival photos and current footage. The film concludes with Lee Sexton leading a square dance at the Carcassonne Community Center. Tomorrow's People is one of the earliest films to come out of Appalshop and is an excellent example of the stylistic experimentation Appalshop continues to support in its young filmmakers' work today.

Screenings & Festivals
  • Conference on Visual Anthropology, Temple University
  • Smithsonian Institution, Festival of American Folklife
  • Music Educators National Conference
  • Pacific Film Archive

This film was preserved by Appalshop Archive with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation. To support the work of preserving and safeguarding the collections, please consider designating a donation to Appalshop Archive.


“Especially popular with senior citizens and with students of folk music and folk art.” — Bradley Memorial Library