An immersive meditation on the passage of time and the persistent resonance of place, Linefork follows the daily rituals of an elderly couple living in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains. Now well into his eighties, Lee Sexton is the last living link to the distant past of a regional American music. A retired coal miner with black lungs, Lee and his wife, Opal, continue to farm the land where he was born. Together they face encroaching health concerns and stark economic realities. Recorded over three years, Linefork is an observational film documenting their marriage, their community, their resilience, and the raw yet delicate music of an unheralded banjo legend, linked to the past yet immediately present.
Jeff Silva is a filmmaker, artist, and teacher originally from Boston. Jeff works across medias and genres but his work shares a kinship with traditions of experimental film and new modes of ethnographic documentary, exploring the quotidian aspects of his subjects lives, often over long spans of time. His most recently completed projects include Linefork (2017), Ivan & Ivana (2011), and Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Measures of War (2008) have been exhibited at festivals, and museums internationally. A long-time affiliate of the SEL (Sensory Ethnography Lab) at Harvard University, Jeff helped develop the curriculum and methodology of the program at its inception while a teaching fellow aside founder and director Lucien Castaing-Taylor. In 2000 he co-founded BALAGAN, the offbeat and alternative micro-cinema screening series in Boston that continues to present marginalized films to the community.
Vic Rawlings is a musician, instrument builder, sound installation artist, filmmaker, and freelance teacher based in western Massachusetts. Rawlings is active as an electroacoustic musician, most often using an amplified/prepared cello and an electronic instrument of his own design and build. Visiting artist/teaching residencies have included Oberlin Conservatory, MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Wesleyan. His teaching interests include listening actions, collective sound-based improvisation, and electroacoustic instrument building, as well as more conventional forms of music (electric and acoustic guitar/banjo/mandolin) ranging widely in style.