Bits 'n' Pieces: Filmmaker documents music icons

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photoBeth Harrington

Nearly 10 years have passed since Beth Harrington first started working on her documentary film about country music’s legendary Carter and Cash families.

Harrington, 56, of Vancouver, said the project, called “The Winding Stream,” is now nearly complete.

She originally got the idea after working with Roseanne Cash, singer-songwriter and eldest daughter of Johnny Cash, for a documentary film Harrington put together on women rockabilly singers in 2001.

“When I was doing that film I asked Roseanne Cash to narrate it, and to my surprise she did,” Harrington said. “That got me thinking about doing this film, and as I was trying to get up my courage to ask if she’d introduce me to her family, she emailed me and suggested it.”

The film is a history of the Carter family and how it merged with Johnny Cash and his family to become royalty of the country music world.

It includes interviews with members of both families, including Johnny Cash before he died in 2003. Harrington also interviewed several other musicians and recorded performances by several artists, including George Jones and Sheryl Crow.

Harrington is trying to raise between $100,000 and $150,000 to finish production of the film. She’s been applying for music grants and has also hosted a few fundraisers in the area.

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, she will hold a fundraiser for ages 21 and older in Ridgefield at The Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main Ave. Harrington will talk about the film and show a selection of clips at the event.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Call 360-887-7260 for information.

Bridal shop offers free gowns to military brides

photoKelle Herring

Kelle Herring knows how hard it can be for military families to make ends meet. Her father served in the Army when she was growing up.

So the 43-year-old Battle Ground resident, who owns Beautiful Brides for Less in downtown Vancouver, decided to show her support for military families this Veterans Day through her business.

Working with the charity Brides Across America, Herring plans to give away several free wedding gowns to military brides from Nov. 9-11.

“I know military families don’t have a lot of money, and I wanted to do this to give back and show they’re appreciated and that somebody cares,” Herring said.

Brides who want to participate can go to the charity’s website at http://www.bridesacrossamerica.com/ and fill out a form. If they meet the qualifications, they can go to Herring’s store and pick from a selection of Herring’s stock or from some donated gowns sent by Brides Across America.

“If they’re selected they can just give us a call and we’ll give them a day to come,” Herring said. “We still have a lot of slots open.”

It’s been a little hard to get the word out, and Herring said she hopes more people will sign up.

Her store’s website is at http://www.beautifulbridesforless.com.

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