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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Hollywood Here We Come

My life in appalachia - Tom is headed for Hollywood

(Tom is headed for Hollywood too)

If you’ve been reading the Blind Pig for a good while-you may remember me and the girls were cast in a movie. Hard to believe-but its been almost exactly a year since I interviewed Bruno and Harrison about the movie “If I Had Wings To Fly.”

To quote Bruno: “The movie is about a young man from a small mountain town in western North Carolina who, through his singular desire to play music, ends of up learning some things about community, culture, place, love and loneliness.”

I ran into Bruno at fall festival-and got the news-me and the girls made the movie!! I was sure we’d end up on the cutting room floor-but we didn’t! Even better this coming weekend-we’re going to get our first sneak peak at the movie. Even better than that-you can come too if you want. The movie isn’t totally finished yet-so this isn’t the real premier but I can’t wait to see how its all shaping up.

On Sunday October 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. the Henn Theater-in downtown Murphy will be showing an advanced viewing of “If I had Wings to Fly”. Its open to the public-and there is no admission.

Want to find out more about the movie-jump over to the website: Kazoo Films.


p.s. Be sure to drop back by tomorrow for another Spooky October entry.

Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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  • Reply
    Janet Smart
    October 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    That is great, Tipper! I am so excited for you and the girls.

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    Glenda Beall
    October 11, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I hope I can get back in time to see the movie. I am so excited for you and the girls.

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    Julie at Elisharose
    October 11, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    How exciting!!! Will it eventually open across the country? I do hope so. I’d love to see you/the movie.

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    Uncle Al
    October 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    That is just great. I’m happy for all of you. Will probably have to wait till a normal release to see it. I know you’ll keep us all posted…..right!! 🙂

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    October 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    So exciting!!!

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    Nancy M.
    October 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Gosh, I had forgot about that! That is so awesome! I hope to be able to see it sometime! It’s so cool knowing someone famous!

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    Miss Cindy
    October 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    YEA! That’s great news, Tipper. You guys are gonna be famous before all this is done. I can feel it!!

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    Suzi Phillips
    October 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Congrats!! I know ya’ll are so excited & I can’t wait to see it. Mountain movie stars-now that’s bigger than Asheville!

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    October 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Way to go Tipper, Chitter and Chatter! This is awesome news, can’t wait to see the movie.

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    October 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I’m so happy for you and the girls
    for making the cut. I knew the
    movie makers wouldn’t leave you
    all out and it makes me proud to
    know I got friends in a movie.
    Looking forward to the viewing at
    the Henn. (and congradulations)

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    October 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Oh how wonderful for you and the girls! Wish I were close enough to go see the preview.

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    October 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Congratulations to you and the girls!!!!

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    Pat in east TN
    October 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    How exciting! Please do a follow up for us all.

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    Sheila Bergeron
    October 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Honey, you are already famous–but this is good !!

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    October 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Congratulations. Am so happy for ya’ll. Wish i could be there to see it too. Know your family must be very excited.

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    October 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

    How wonderful! Sure wish I lived close enough to see this with you all!

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    Jim Casada
    October 11, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Well, I reckon I’ll soon be able to say that I knew Tipper, Chitter, and Chatter back when they were just common folks, not be stars. Congrats to all of you, and as is my wont, I’ve got to share a tidbit of information about another soul from the high country who had a chance for Hollywood fame but turned it down.
    Famed hunter and fisherman Mark Cathey was once asked by old-time cowboy Tom Mix to come to Hollywood for a movie. Uncle Mark didn’t contemplate matters long. “I ain’t lost nothing out there,” he said, “and these mountains offer all a man could ever want.”
    That’s a sentiment with which everyone who frequents this blog can identify.
    Jim Casada

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    B. Ruth
    October 11, 2011 at 10:10 am

    This just tickles me to death…I have been wondering in the back of my mind if the movie was in the final casting or about finished…
    What a wonderful experience for you and the girls…
    My goodness, movie stars! We just couldn’t do without you here on the Blind Pig?..I don’t think there are many “holler” and “mountain” stories in them Hollywood hills anyhow…I hope you success but always make the movies in Brasstown…ha
    Wish we could see the opening!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    October 11, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Go Tipper go! This could be the start of something big. Wish I could see the movie.

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    October 11, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Congratulations to the three of you! I can only wish I could see the advance screening. Please let me know when it is released in such a way that a NE Ohio foothillbilly can get a look at it!

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    October 11, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Cogratulations! Real people acting normally! I know that will be a real treat for those who live the true life in NC. I wish you good luck, and, who knows, all of you could become famous. Wow! And to think I have been following you for a couple of years.

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    Kim @ Stuff could....
    October 11, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I cannot make the premier this weekend. So nice to have a movie about the area that I grew up in. I grew up in Copperhill….Love the photos, reminds me of home. I say miller too.

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    October 11, 2011 at 8:44 am

    oh goody, now I know 3 movie stars. I really like that photo of him. the house i love and he looks so sweet. can’t wait for a report on the movie after you see it

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    Sue Crane
    October 11, 2011 at 8:30 am

    may I have your autograph? 🙂

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    Karen Larsen
    October 11, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Congratulations to you and the girls! That is so exciting! I wish I lived nearby so I could see the advanced showing…. best of luck. You ladies are sure talented!

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    October 11, 2011 at 8:20 am

    How exciting Tipper! Wish I lived closer to go and view. I can hardly wait to see it myslef.

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    October 11, 2011 at 8:14 am

    That’s awesome! Congrats 🙂
    Sorry I’m not able to make the premier.
    This displaced Appalachian is very proud of you guys!

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    Eva M. Wike, Ph.D.
    October 11, 2011 at 7:56 am

    WHOA! OH MY GOSH! If I had wings I would fly to the SHOWING at the Henn this weekend! That theatre is where I saw MY FIRST EVER MOVIE with my oldest brother and his new bride a LONG TIME AGO! It would be great to ‘make it’ this weekend!
    Eva Nell

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    October 11, 2011 at 7:56 am

    That is awesome!

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    Joe Mode
    October 11, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I sure wish I had had the opportunity to do this. I have an agent here in Knoxville, Talent Trek. Who is that on the porch? Sure looks an awful lot like Tom Donahey, a fellow Southern Highland Craft Guild member.

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    Debby Brown
    October 11, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Oh.. you are big stars now! hehe.. very happy for you and can’t wait to see you three doing your thing on screen~!

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    Sheryl Paul
    October 11, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I am so excited for Tom and for you and the girls. I do hope you let us know when it is available for viewing.

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    October 11, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I would love to be there! But I know we’ll get to hear first hand from you just how great it is.
    And congratulations to you and the girls for making the cut and not ending up on the cutting room floor.

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    Lisa @ Two Bears Farm
    October 11, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Oh now that’s fun! It sounds interesting too.

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