Directed by Jeff Silva & Vic Rawlings • Documentary • With Vic Rawlings, Jeff Silva • 2016 • 96 minutes
From the Sensory Ethnography Lab, Linefork is an immersive, meditative documentary that explores the daily rituals of Lee Sexton, a revered banjo legend, and his charming wife Opal. Lee is a living link to the deep past of American music - in 1959 he recorded for the landmark Smithsonian Folkways release Mountain Music of Kentucky. A retired coal miner now hampered by age and declining health, Lee continues to teach his distinctive two-finger banjo style to a new generation eager to preserve a vanishing cultural tradition. He and Opal farm the land where he has lived for the last 88 years as together they face the uncertainties of aging in place. An ethnomusicology of American folk music and a portrait of the human condition, Linefork documents the raw yet delicate music of a singular musician, linked to the past yet immediately present.