The heartbeat of North Carolina lies in its rich past and vibrant present. Old seaports and coastal plains…. the red-clay rich Piedmont and modern cities…. the rugged Great Smoky Mountains to the west… North Carolina – An American Portrait is an impressionistic, provocative profile one of the oldest, most diverse states in America. The spirit of its people resonates throughout the program, and across generations, allowing viewers to feel what it really means to be a North Carolinian.
Narrated by renowned North Carolina author, Bland Simpson, the program is a blend of breathtaking cinematography, archival imagery, and poignant dramatic readings from old diaries, letters and literature. The music includes selections from Doc Watson, Shirley Caesar, and Ryan Adams. Many of the haunting, beautiful black and white images in the show are those of famed North Carolina photographer Bayard Wootten.