Contact:  Ryan Rowe
North Carolina Language and Life Project
NCSU Department of English
Tompkins Hall, Box 105
Raleigh, NC 27695-8015
(919) 515-3128
(919) 515-1836 (fax)

North Carolina Language and Life Project Releases Documentary Video about the Devastation and Recovery of the Town of Princeville, NC

Raleigh, NC – August 16, 2004 – Produced in 2003-2004, the documentary entitled Princeville Remembers the Flood has been released by the North Carolina Language and Life Project. The documentary recounts the events caused in 1999 by Hurricane Floyd, which generated extensive and severe flood damage in the town of Princeville, NC. Featuring candid interviews with town personalities and scenic footage from the area, the video allows town residents to tell the story of how they were rescued on boats and helicopters as floodwaters from the Tar River rose to depths of 10-20 feet.

As the first town incorporated by African-Americans in the United States, Princeville holds a unique place in the history of our nation. This noteworthy heritage has inspired the town and given its residents the courage and perseverance to completely recover from this disaster.

The documentary project, which was directed by Drew Grimes and produced by Ryan Rowe, contains a moving soundtrack comprised of gospel music performed by North Carolina musicians. Dr. B. Harrington, a nationally recognized authority on the Aesthetics of Gospel Music, served as a consultant and assisted in the establishment of a dialogic context for the video. The musical dialogue comes from the CD Delivered through the Flood, a recording produced by Harrington in 2000 to support Princeville’s flood recovery efforts.

This project was produced solely for the benefit of the Town of Princeville, under funding from the William C. Friday Endowment at North Carolina State University. Any proceeds generated from the production will be donated to the city.

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