Baffled by his dad’s unwillingness to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, Hurt sets out to learn more about this rich culinary tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. He discovers that the love affair that his dad and his community have with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly.
Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, and anti-sexist activist. Hurt is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated series, “REEL WORKS with BYRON HURT.” His documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS’ Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens. Byron’s latest film, Soul Food Junkies, won Best Documentary at the American Black Film Festival and will air nationally on Independent Lens in January 2013.
SOUL FOOD JUNKIES
DIRECTOR: Byron Hurt
PRODUCERS: Stanley Nelson, Lisa Durden
EDITOR: Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Bill Winters, Kevin Chung, Alessandro Rafenelli, Arthur Jafa, Sekou McGlothin