Local filmmaker raises funds for Carter-Cash project

By Mary Ann Albright, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Beth Harrington has been working on her documentary film about legendary country music dynasties the Carters and the Cashes since 2003.

As a former singer with the band Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers, Harrington was able to combine her love of music and of documentary filmmaking in the project, titled “The Winding Stream.”

She even had the opportunity to interview Johnny Cash for the film a few weeks before his death.

She has finished about 75 percent of filming, but she needs to raise more than $150,000 to complete the project, plus more to obtain music and archival footage rights.

Harrington, a 55-year-old Vancouver resident, turned to the online fundraising platform Kickstarter.com for help. She launched a six-week campaign in mid-November.

Harrington, a Grammy- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker whose previous projects include “Welcome to the Club: The Women of Rockabilly,” “Kam Wah Chung,” “Beervana” and “Searching for York,” had raised $10,920 from 145 backers as of Monday.

Her Kickstarter goal had been $10,000, which is approximately the amount needed to complete her last interviews and finish the filming portion of the project. Funds raised above that will go to editing and other costs of completing the film.

The Kickstarter campaign runs through Dec. 30. For more information, go to http://www.thewindingstream.com.

One of Harrington’s Kickstarter backers is throwing her a fundraising party today from 7 to 11 p.m. at Art Department, 1315 S.E. Ninth Ave., Portland.

The party is free, though the hope is that people will donate to the film’s Kickstarter campaign. There will be a Johnny Cash tribute band called Counterfeit Cash, as well as food, wine and Widmer Brothers beer.

“It’s hopefully going to be a fun night for people to come and support the film,” Harrington said.