Filmmaker Rick Minnich, resident of Berlin, Germany, and son of Enterprise resident Richard Minnich, will be coming to Enterprise to screen his new feature-length film "Homemade Hillbilly Jam,"at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 at OK Theatre.

The 80-minute documentary is suitable for all ages. Admission will be $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and $4.50 for students 11 and under.

Minnich is traveling around the United States together with his co-writer and editor, Matt Sweetwood of Liberty, Mo., to promote the film.

It had its U.S. premiere as the opening night film of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in Arkansas on Oct. 21 in the presence of the main characters in the film, who performed live at the opening night party.

"Homemade Hillbilly Jam" features three interrelated families of modern-day hillbilly musicians in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri who make up the band Big Smith.

Like most of their family and friends, the brothers and cousins in the band are proud to consider themselves hillbillies.

They combine traditional roots of Scots-Irish jigs, church music and folk songs handed down over generations, with more modern elements of country and western and a sensibility they describe as "neo-hillbilly."

Minnich, who has lived in Berlin, Germany, since graduating from Columbia University in New York in 1990, received his master's degree in film and television directing from the Film and Televisio Academy "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany. "Homemade Hillbilly Jam" is his third feature-length documentary, and the second one he shot in the Ozarks.

Reactions to the film have been very positive, Minnich said. The Times of London calls it, "... another quirky insight into an America that most Americans would barely recognize."

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