Preserving Old-time Traditions
Cumberland Gap Folklife Project
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This is a look at—and celebration of—cultural heritage. We seek to document traditions as they are manifested today in a most distinctive region, gifted with abounding creativity and innovation. Arts, crafts, and music are our focus. Creative and narrative impulses guide us through a vast and often mysterious landscape, concealed by great pinnacles and hollowed out by the valleys between. The sheer need to tell one’s own story—to make one’s own mark on the land—as well as contribute to greater inter-generational genealogies all take their own form in various media. We hope to save this time and place for the canon of history.

Our Production Team

Rachel Boillot


Rachel is a photographer, documentary artist and educator based in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Tufts University, a B.F.A. in Photography from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and an M.F.A in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University. Rachel has recently worked as a Photography Professor at Duke University, Assistant Producer at Sandrock Recordings, and a Multimedia Documentarian for the Friends of the Cumberland Trail. Boillot currently teaches in the Art Department at Linoln memorial University while maintaining her independent photography practice in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. She continues to work as an Assistant Producer for the old-time music label Sandrock Recordings.

Kyle Wilkinson


Kyle was born in Middletown, OH in 1984. He remained in the region until receiving his BFA in Motion Picture Production at Wright State University. After completing many award winning documentaries that largely focused on place and identity he obtained an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. Kyle’s most recent work focuses on merging documentary and photography creating malleable works of art capable of being viewed in exhibit spaces as well as film festivals and the internet.

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