The Last Hillbilly

The Last Hillbilly - by Diane Sara Bouzgarrou & Thomas Jenkoe

The Last Hillbilly

In the state of Kentucky, it is often said that its residents feel less American than Appalachian. Reeling from the effects of an economic downturn, mines that used to employ thousands sit empty across a wild, rolling landscape. Those remaining in the area are often referred to disparagingly as “hillbillies”. For Brian Ritchie, a gentle local worker and loving father, this term is a provocation to be proud of, regularly using it in his affirming, vulnerable poetry to outline his identity and subvert stereotypes.

The Last Hillbilly breaks away from traditional narratives around the American wilderness and offers a cinematic last witness to a quickly vanishing world waiting to be reinvented.
 

Credits
Written and directed by
Diane Sara Bouzgarrou & Thomas Jenkoe
Voice-over written and performed by
Brian Ritchie
Director of photography
Thomas Jenkoe
Sound engineer
Diane Sara Bouzgarrou
Editing
Théophile Gay-Mazas
Music
Jay Gambit
Sound editing & mix
Pierre Armand
Producer
Jean-Laurent Csinidis
Production manager
Nora Bertone
Production
Films de Force Majeure
Country
France, Qatar
Year
2020
Length
80'
Sales
The Party Film Sales