When: Jan. 8-10, 7:30 p.m. 2016
This weekend the Webster Film Series screens The Winding Stream, a documentary clearly forged from the love of its subject. Director Beth Harrington's film charts the story of the Virginia musician and amateur musicologist A.P. Carter, who with his wife, Sara, and his sister-in-law, Maybelle, formed in the 1920s the foundational country music clan the Carter Family. The powerhouse Maybelle immediately distinguished herself with her unique instrumental approach of playing a bass-strings lead on her Gibson L-5 (tuned down from standard pitch). One of her three singing daughters, June, caught the ear of a young Johnny Cash, listening to Carter Family sides on his family's radio in Dyess, Arkansas. Johnny and June eventually married and made their own story of enduring love and devotion. The Winding Stream meshes all this rich history with the present-day Carter clan's efforts to preserve and honor their incomparable cultural legacy. The film screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (January 8 through 10) at Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/film-series). Tickets are $4 to $6.