Woodrow Cornett: Letcher County Butcher (Film)

Woodrow Cornett: Letcher County Butcher

  •  Bill Richardson with Frank Majority
  •  1971
  • Black and White IconBlack & White
  •  9:51
  •  16 mm film
Film Description
Woodrow Cornett: Letcher County Butcher follows an old-time mountain butcher, a master of his craft, as he goes through the intricate process of butchering a hog. Cornett’s son-in-law, Frank Majority, provides a running commentary on the action, while Ashland Fouts supplies harmonica tunes and humor. Woodrow Cornett: Letcher County Butcher was one of the first films produced by Appalshop and continues to be a favorite for its simplicity and directness, although viewers should be advised that butchering is not a practice for the faint of heart.

Screenings & Festivals
  • American Film Institute
  • D.W. Griffith Film Festival
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • National Film Theatre, British Film Institute


“Woodrow Cornett’s approach is so brisk and casually informative that you’re likely to find a squeamish reaction turning into an admiring one before you can quite account for it … We simply watch a skillful man go about his job with consummate skill, learning a thing or two about one of the processes of life most of us can conveniently forget about.” — The Washington Post
“A simply fascinating ten-minute picture telling how one man makes a living by butchering hogs and steers … I cannot convey in words how interesting this film is, made even more so by the harmonica music background that gives to this documentary much meaning.” — New Haven Register