Excerpt from pilot episode of Black Mountain, a historical miniseries.
By Katie Jefferis
Black Mountain is an hour-long historical mini-series about the experimental arts college that operated between 1933 and 1957 in the mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina. The series follows a fictional protagonist, Helaine DeWitt, a young potter from Indiana who runs away to Black Mountain to find the discipline, intensity, and independence needed to thrive as a working woman artist in the 1940s. As Helaine struggles to embrace her talents, discover her courage, and negotiate emotional and academic betrayals, the backdrop of the unorthodox school serves to illustrate how alternative ways of living and learning, though marginalized, can be meaningful. By exploring how Black Mountain College was ahead of its time in its tolerant approach to race and sexuality, and how it became an incubator for the American avant-garde, the series shows that strong-willed, opinionated individuals can come together to permanently alter culture and history. The series focuses on the untold stories of the women who shaped the school’s culture, women who challenged the status quo through their work but existed in the shadows of the famous men who wrote the school’s history.
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