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Joe York

Joe York is a documentary filmmaker and radio producer. With more than a two dozen films to his credit. Joe is the author ofWith Signs Following: Photographs from the Southern Religious Roadsideand the 2008 Oxford Film Festival awarded his filmSorry, We’re Open the Hoka Award for the best Mississippi film. His feature length documentary, Mississippi Innocence won the audience choice award at the Oxford Film Festival and the Transformative Film award at the Crossroads Film Festival and his most recent project, Pride and Joy has been seen on PBS stations across the United States.

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A zydeco song, heavy on the fiddle, plays in the station wagon. “Hog-killing music,” Joe York says as we race past the flat, green fields of Avoyelles Parish in Louisiana. He tails a blue pickup driven by a man who looks like a Cajun Johnny Cash and calls himself a “coonass cowboy.” We are headed to a boucherie--a pig butchering--and York wants everything on film. He lifts a camera onto the dashboard and steadies it with his hands, leaving the steering to his forearms...

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Credit to: Garden & Gun

Documentary filmmaker Joe York’s short films show Southern food at its most raw and mouth-wateringly delicious. More importantly, his storytelling highlights incredible characters and unsung cooks who inspire us to incorporate passion not just into cooking but into our entire lives. York continually pushes boundaries with form as well as content, and we can’t wait to see what he’s doing next. Find his films at the Southern Foodways Alliance, or check out his longer films: Sorry We’re Open and Mississippi Innocence.

Credit to: Southern Living

York splits his time between the Southern Foodways Alliance and the Southern Documentary Project, both of which are affiliates of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at Ole Miss...

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Credit to: Chuck Reece, The Bitter Southerner

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