Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Davenport's Grimm DVD Series

American versions of classic folk and fairy tales From the Brothers Grimm
by Delaplane's own Tom Davenport are now available in DVD format.

You may have seen some of these stories on PBS a while back.
These award-winning live action Appalachian versions of traditional tales have a unique style and flavor, with memorable characters and settings in the hills and regions of the South.

Included are the following stories:
Ashpet, an American Cinderella set in the rural South during the early years of WWII
Hansel and Gretel, Bearskin, The Frog King
Jack and the Dentist's Daughter (based on The Master Thief)
Rapunzel, Bristlelip, the Goose Girl,
Soldier Jack, or the man who caught death in a sack
Willa, an American Snow White.

As a lagniappe, special features are incorporated with the tales.
Documentaries from the American Traditional Culture series by Davenport, such as The Ballad of Frankie Silver, a real murder immortalized in song, that took place in Morganton, NC in 1833, and Being a Joines: A Life in the Brushy Mountains about a master tale teller from Wilkes County, NC. enhance some of the DVD's.
Interviews with the filmmaker and behind the scenes footage and commentary are also provided.

Please note: some of these titles are recommended for older children.
The complete series is available at all three library branches.
For additional information and teacher resource guides check out Tom Davenport's website www.davenportfilms.com.