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"Unraveling the Stories" explores quilts as a time machine--a way to look beyond their art to see the people and messages behind them. Relying primarily upon quiltmakers' own words and works, it celebrates a diversity of cultures, motivations, and artistic choices, from traditional to avant-garde.
This 57-minute PBS documentary shares many of the stories connecting families, communities, and entire cultures for generations, from African American storytelling traditions to ancient Indian cultures, from environmental issues to messages of personal grief and love.
"Unraveling the Stories" encourages viewers of all ages to connect--visually and emotionally--with their own past, present, and future.
"Unraveling the Stories" is a national Bronze Telly award winner; an Emmy nominee; and has been featured on PBS stations nationwide and at the Houston International Quilt Festival, the Nashville Film Festival, the Ohio Independent Film Festival, the Esperanza Other America Film Festival, and the National Womens Studies Association conference. Partial funding was received from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ohio Humanities Council, and the Ohio Arts Council.
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"An inspiring documentary...filled with an impressive array of beautiful quilts and fascinating revelations."
Julia Stump -- Library Journal, June 15, 1998
"Compelling and touching, 'Unraveling the Stories' will appeal to quilters and nonquilters alike."
Jacob Rexus -- PieceWork, January/February 1999
"Hard to be too enthusiastic about this one! Highly recommended for classrooms, libraries, and your own personal library."
Nancy Armstrong -- Cover Stories, April 1998
"This alluring production...celebrates the history, origins, traditions, styles, and culture of quilts."
Sue-Ellen Beauregard -- Booklist, September 15, 1998
"This video explores the stories that quilts hold captive, the people who made them, and the traditions that influenced them." -- Oral History Review, Winter/Spring 1999
Luanne Bole-Becker is an Emmy and Silver Apple award-winning producer. She has collaborated with Bob Becker on several PBS documentaries and national television broadcasts, including the Emmy winner "Home Team" (a companion to the Ken Burns' PBS "Baseball" series); the Emmy nominated "Why the Artist Creates" and "The Pride of the Indians;" and the national CBS series, "A Day in the Life."
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