Thursday, June 17


Photo by Rien Fertel for the SFA via The Atlantic

Vanessa Gregory talks to the SFA's resident filmmaker, Joe York, about his current project, Southern Food: The Movie on The Atlantic's blog:

This April, in a river swamp near Wewahitchka, Florida, Joe York filmed a beekeeper named Ben Lanier as he stood under a towering white Tupelo gum tree. Surrounded by the fierce greenery of a Southern spring, Lanier explained that the tree's blossoms last for just two weeks, and they are the only source of a prized, light-colored honey his family has harvested since 1898. "I grew up in a beehive," Lanier says.

For seven years, York has made short films on a shoestring about people like Lanier—farmers, barbecue pitmasters, pie bakers, cheesemakers, and fry cooks—who live and work in the South. 

Read the rest of the article here.