Press Release for October 14
Premiere Screening in Edenton, NC


Read an article featuring Miss Nancy and our documentary
by Lisa Roberts
in the September Issue of Metro Magazine

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In this day and age,
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"Good Manners means being
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For Immediate Release; For more information contact

Martha Weeks Daniel, Producer and Director
252-443-9389 •  
and Caroline Paxton, Creative Director & Writer
252-230-3521 • ____________________________________________

Etiquette from the Heart: Local filmmakers producing
documentary film set in Eastern NC

Southern people often pride themselves on their manners, and while proper etiquette and a more genteel way of life may seem to be fading away, they just may not if "Miss Nancy" can help it!

A new documentary film, Miss Nancy Minds Their Manners, is currently in the works by filmmakers Martha Daniel of Rocky Mount, and Caroline Paxton of Wilson, NC. This engaging documentary fo llows 75 year old "Miss Nancy" Rascoe and her 12 young charges as they learn and live manners and hospitality at her delightful "manners camps", or as she ca lls them "House Parties for Etiquette for Young Ladies and Gentlemen". The setting is in her family's 200 year old historic home, also a bed and breakfast, on the Perquimans River in rural Hertford, North Carolina. Endearing and rambunctious "campers" spend 5 days and 4 nights learning interesting, helpful, many often forgotten, and even some a bit quirky etiquettes and courtesies.  Miss Nancy has held 4 camp sessions each summer for the past 16 years.

Both heartfelt and humorous, this documentary is a portrait of a truly unique, charismatic southern lady who embraces the trials and tribulations of teaching children the true meaning at the heart of a ll etiquette.  The film highlights over a dozen candid, charming and sometimes mischievous children as they journey through Miss Nancy's special style of teaching the finer points on dining and table setting, introductions, correspondence and telephone manners. Their days are also mixed with tennis, sailing, canoeing and swimming in the Perquimans River, a ll of which Miss Nancy energetica lly leads and coaches them through.

When summer is over, we find Miss Nancy’s teaching manners classes in Chowan County’s DF Walker Middle School, volunteering her time to share her old-fashioned values of kindness and consideration, the true meaning of etiquette. Throughout the entire film, her captivating spirit and sincere patience prevail. Her passion and love for children and traditional southern graciousness prove to be both touching and inspiring. 

The film wi ll also touch on the value that southerners place on manners. Betty R. McCain, former NC Secretary of Cultural Resources, has wonderful insight in the film about southerners’ inherent kindness and appreciation for manners, and she also addresses the real need and concern for a lack of certain etiquettes being taught to children today. National etiquette coach and author on southern culture, Cecilia Budd Grimes also appears in the film, commenting on etiquette today in the corporate world, as we ll as on uniquely southern courtesies such as “yes mam and no sir”.

The highly regarded Southern Documentary Fund selected the Miss Nancy documentary for fiscal sponsorship, enabling the film makers to receive tax deductible funds from foundations, corporations, businesses and individuals. The Southern Documentary Fund is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that carefu lly selects and supports documentary works by North Carolina filmmakers about the South. Donations made to them in support of Miss Nancy wi ll assist Daniel and Paxton with the the costly post-production phase of the film, which includes editing and an original music score. The targeted film completion is late Spring 2008. Distribution plans include submission to film festivals around the country, and eventua lly broadcast media and retail sales.

Martha Daniel first had a taste of documentary work through a website she created of photographs she had taken that documented the devastating flooding of Hurricane Floyd of the Rocky Mount area in 1999. That ultimately led her to serve as a resource for locating victims of the flooding for interviews by the Southern Oral History Program at UNC and the Discovery Channel cable company. Since then, she has become very interested in documenting people, places and things "particular to, and peculiar to" Eastern North Carolina. Daniel commented, "When I met Miss Nancy, a true larger than life Southern character, and witnessed her "manners camp", I knew she was the perfect subject for a documentary. So with her blessings, I litera lly jumped into filming one of her 5 day summer sessions in 2005. "

Realizing the need to learn what to do with a ll the footage she had shot, Daniel discovered and enro lled in the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. "It has changed my life. Not only have I learned more about filming and editing, but also the philosophy, the ethics, and the impact of the documentary". A rough cut of this documentary was screened in Durham in June, when Daniel received her Certificate in Documentary Studies in Film/Video at CDS. A short film version of Miss Nancy Minds Their Manners was very we ll received and she was encouraged by the staff at CDS to continue with this project and to expand the film with more depth on the subject. So Martha Daniel embarked on an additional career at an age when most people are reaching retirement.

Producer and director Martha Daniel graduated from St. Mary's School in Raleigh and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hi ll with a degree in Art Education. For the past 25 years she has overseen her advertising and web/graphic design business, Daniel Design Associates. She has been active in the community and worked with many organizations. She and her husband Curt (also her tech guy) live in Rocky Mount and have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

Caroline Paxton joined this documentary production as creative director and writer for Miss Nancy in June 2007. She is a seasoned video production director from Wilson, NC. Paxton is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hi ll in Radio/Television & Motion Pictures and has a video production company, Paxton Productions, in Wilson. She and Martha Daniel share the same vision and commitment to this documentary and enjoy working together. Caroline and her husband Coalter have 3 children.

More detailed information about the documentary and a preview/trailer of Miss Nancy Minds Their Manners is available for viewing and can be found on line at
In January 2008, Daniel and Paxton were guests on The WUNC Public Radio program, State of Things, to discuss their documentary.

Listen to the interview above.


Contact Us:
PO Box 7771 • Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Martha: 252-813-9103 or Caroline: 252-230-3521
Fax: 252-451-0129

Copyright 2009. All Rights Reserved by Martha Daniel

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