Give the World a Smile

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For generations, the Schuyler family has lived and farmed around the Lowgap Community in North Carolina, and for generations they have produced singers who led revival meetings, attended singing schools, performed at old-time day long singings, and sang in countless churches. The current generation of Schuylers -- Caldwell, Avis, and their son Trent -- carries on this tradition of amateur family singing. Every week they travel forty or fifty miles to sing, without pay, in area churches. They are like thousands of other families in the American South and Midwest to whom gospel music is a once recreation, entertainment, and testimony.

  • Film by: Gretchen Robinson
  • Produced by: Gretchen Robinson
  • Cinematographer: Gretchen Robinson with Brian Elsom and Carmine Del asandro
  • Sound: Joseph Wider
  • Editor: Gretchen Robinson
  • Other Credits: Sol Korine and Blaine Dunlap, Excutive Producers. Charles Wolfe, Bill Ivey, Associate Producers.
  • Funding: The Tennessee Arts CommissionThe Lyndhurst FoundationThe National Endowment For The Arts
  • Original Format: 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
  • © 1981 Gretch Robinson
  • 26mins, Color