In an effort to uncover the history of his land, artist Clark Ashton
began extensive research at the Georgia Archives and DeKalb History Center.
What he found was nothing less than the story of America in his own back yard.
“The Ballad of Druid Hill” is a story of power and oppression, of struggle and resistance,
and of the tragedy that lives within us and around us all to this day.
It is a story of American History, and of history itself;
how it is formed, recorded, remembered, used, misused, abused, and forgotten.
It is not a celebration of this history but an acknowledgement and remembrance of it,
and of the flaws inherent in its analysis.
The maps, the photos, the people, the documents,
and their VERY OWN WORDS tell the true story of Druid Hill
as Ashton walks, works, and sings his discovery of his place in this unfolding history.
“The Ballad of Druid Hill” is an original song and a documentary film about a true story of
forgotten ghosts that remained with the land only to resurface when
summoned by a fight against evil and elitism, perhaps with a sense of duty to help ward off a
repeating of history, in the hope that their story and it’s lessons won’t fall silent again.