American Hollow Documentary

American Hollow Documentary

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Carolina Girl

Graham, NC

#1 Dec 6, 2008
I just saw a documentary called American Hollow from 1998 that was filmed in this county. I was wondering if anybody knows these people and could maybe give some updates about how they were doing, whats going on now and stuff. Im just curious. They reminded me a lot of my family. I liked how it seemed the family stayed close knit and were down to earth. You don't get that much anymore.
autumn bowling

Somerset, KY

#2 Jan 14, 2009
i am part of that family
Carolina Girl

Graham, NC

#3 Jan 18, 2009
would you be willing to share some info. about the people in the documentary? like all the aunts and uncles and what about iree...watching this made me want to join the family...
XXX

United States

#4 Feb 8, 2009
That film is a embarrassment to South Eastern Ky, Not everyone lives like that.
firefighter285

United States

#5 Apr 22, 2009
I know a lot of the ppl that was in this film, and all are still living in the same condition as the film showed, the guy that was in jail is now divorced and I know his x-wife really well.

"That film is a embarrassment to South Eastern Ky, Not everyone lives like that." ur RIGHT it did embarrass eastern ky but their are a lot of ppl in this neck of the woods that live like that and it's only because they choose to.. These ppl draw a monthly check of around 6-700& monthly and don't get a better place to live because they have BETTER things to spend there checks on such as drugs or alcohol and live in filth and poor living arrangments. But there are a lot in eastern ky that live like kings and queens on a monthly check because they know how to live on the amount they recieve monthly...it's only because they choose to live that away.... Eastern ky is beautiful and have better ppl here than in a lot of states....we help anyone at which in other states they help no one.....

Since: Jun 09

AOL

#6 Jun 21, 2009
Carolina Girl wrote:
I just saw a documentary called American Hollow from 1998 that was filmed in this county. I was wondering if anybody knows these people and could maybe give some updates about how they were doing, whats going on now and stuff. Im just curious. They reminded me a lot of my family. I liked how it seemed the family stayed close knit and were down to earth. You don't get that much anymore.
I'm glad you saw it that way. I didn't. What does that say for you if you would like to join it. I must say though that all of the family is not like they were portrayed in the film. Trouble is some of them are. I would update you on them but I do my best to stay away from most of them.
telly___

Logan, WV

#7 Jun 24, 2009
firefighter285 wrote:
I know a lot of the ppl that was in this film, and all are still living in the same condition as the film showed, the guy that was in jail is now divorced and I know his x-wife really well.
"That film is a embarrassment to South Eastern Ky, Not everyone lives like that." ur RIGHT it did embarrass eastern ky but their are a lot of ppl in this neck of the woods that live like that and it's only because they choose to.. These ppl draw a monthly check of around 6-700& monthly and don't get a better place to live because they have BETTER things to spend there checks on such as drugs or alcohol and live in filth and poor living arrangments. But there are a lot in eastern ky that live like kings and queens on a monthly check because they know how to live on the amount they recieve monthly...it's only because they choose to live that away.... Eastern ky is beautiful and have better ppl here than in a lot of states....we help anyone at which in other states they help no one.....
i agree with most of what you say

Since: Jun 09

AOL

#8 Jun 25, 2009
I would like a copy {DVD} of the movie though.
ohio boy

Corning, OH

#9 Aug 22, 2009
To the firefighter. Sounds like youve never been without a job or layedoff!! Its hard to make it in rural areas. Ive been through Kentucky. Yes it is beautiful!!!!!!!!!
ohio boy

Corning, OH

#10 Aug 22, 2009
To the firefighter You must never been without a job or layed off! Its hard to make it in rural areas.Lack of work. The drive.Low wages.Ive been through Kentucky. Yes it is beautiful!!!! I love the family!!!

Since: Jun 09

AOL

#11 Aug 24, 2009
Drugs, alcohol, no jobs? I don't seeit that way. I see it as not enough gumption to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and escape the whirlpool of the drugs, alcohol and the willingness to exist on the 6-700 a month instead of getting a job and improving themselves.
hazel eyes

Neenah, WI

#12 Sep 6, 2009
wasn't this the one that had clint bowling and his family in it ???
rose

Lancaster, WI

#13 Sep 6, 2009
i like those people
oh yeah

Harpursville, NY

#14 Sep 6, 2009
How about Diane Sawyer's crap-umentary? Children of the Mountains or whatever? That is such an embarassment. They portrayed everyone in Kentucky as toothless inbred idiots who do nothing but dig for coal and drink mountain dew. GAH!

It was so humiliatiing. Nothing is wrong with mountain dew or coal, mind you, that's not what I'm getting at.

The fact is, they exaggerated everything. They found the poorest or most messed up families in eastern kentucky and put them out there for the world to see.

I'd like to make a documentary on those of us that work for a living, make something of ourselves, and want to show folks outside of eastern kentucky just how beautiful our mountains and our people are.

In fact, I think I'll suggest it for a class project!

In truth, there are a lot of families that do live hand to mouth, paycheck to paycheck and in those dirt poor conditions. But not all of us. And that shouldn't be portrayed as such.

Anybody agree?=D

I'm trying to think of the first documentary. Looking back at the post I saw it was filmed in 1998, so I would have just been five or so. I don't remember it, unless it's the one that featured one of my childhood friends. Did it have Kendra Canada in it (anyone that knows who that is anyway?)
lexington

Louisville, KY

#15 Oct 24, 2009
it had the canada family in it... it did not mention a kendra specifically but i'm assuming she was one of the young kids in the film
news

Williston, SC

#16 Oct 29, 2009
i didnt see any1 that lived in filth,,every home on the inside that it showed was clean..wth u talking about nasty conditions? i was friejds with 1 of the girls and thats her family ,,it was an embarassment but the houses were not nasty ,,
oh my god

Ashburn, VA

#17 Oct 29, 2009
very embarasssing.
Aktow

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Nov 9, 2009
American Hollow proves that it's hard to be away from home, no matter how destitute life may be there. Sure, it seems simple: pull yourself up by your bootstraps and move away to a better life. Fact is, very few of us ever move far from home. It's interesting to watch "unsophisticated" people with so little seem basically happy.

In some ways, they may be smarter than most
hillwires

United States

#19 Dec 16, 2009
I think it was a snapshot of a particular specific situation within a small network of people, not meant to be a generalization of life in Kentucky. I was moved by this film and Im glad that this post site is here. Even you who disagree or felt it was an embarrassing depiction of life in Kentucky are here talking about it. While I think it's sad that drugs and alcohol are so damaging and consuming to many in the film, I personally believe that living out in the country and on that level of poverty brings a kind of appreciation and understanding of things most of us take for granted. people who are looking down on them judging them and are embarrassed, don't you too have your own set of issues? Don't we who live in a more "proper" lifestyle have our own circumstances and drug/alcohol abuse, and crime to deal with? Just what perfect city do you live in to judge them for the way they live? I would expect that the portrayal was not perfect -no one is completely the same in front of a camera nor could a life and ones character truly be grasped in a documentary film. I would suggest though that people living like that, problems notwithstanding have a much deeper respect and understanding of life than many of you complainers can appreciate. What cant be found in comfortable living and material possessions can never achieve. No one should be ashamed or embarrassed by them nor should we pity them. They are entitled to their lives just as anyone else is. Maybe more than anything else they deserve our respect... Life can be hard...

Since: Dec 09

Lexington, KY

#20 Dec 24, 2009
well i know the bowling family they are like everyone else around they do have some problems but if you can sit there and say that you or some of your family doesnt your are lying futher more i know them personally and i love them everyone iree bowling has alzheimers and has went down very quickly since the show and as for CLINT he is clint and is never gonna change want to know anything elese ask me ????? i will know and it will be nothing but the truth....

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