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York Mini Festival This Week

Media and Documentary Projects and the Southern Foodways Alliance, two institutes of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, will present Three Recent Foodways Films by Joe York on Thursday, October 20 at noon in Paul B. Johnson Commons on the University of Mississippi campus. The event is free […]

Joe York Profiled

Joe York is featured in this month’s Garden and Gun magazine.  The article includes a link to Joe’s SFA films and also a photo of the recently deceased schwagon–the car that Joe logged some 40,000 mile in over the last two years while he made all these films.

More Pork from York

Last weekend Joe York premiered his latest film at the Big Apple BBQ Block Party in New York. “To Live and Die in Avoyelles Parish” documents the thriving cochon de lait tradition near Mansura, Louisiana. This film is part of a larger project MDP is producing with the Southern Foodways Alliance called “Southern Food: The […]

Cut/Chop/Cook is "Sizzling"

A very nice notice of Cut/Chop/Cook on the Sizzle on the Grill blog where they ask and answer: “What is REAL barbeque? – This.” The blog goes on to say “The University of Mississippi’s Media & Documentary Projects Center & the Southern Foodways Alliance created this video profile of Rodney Scott, a second generation owner/operator […]

SST in the NYT!

Congrats to Tyler Keith, Eric Griffis, and Meghan Leonard–Southern Studies grad. students whose film on the Brown Family Dairy was featured in the New York Times today with a wonderful article on the Brown family.  This film came out of the Documentary Fieldwork class that we taught last spring with David Wharton at the Center […]

Blessing of the Fleet

In February, the UM Media & Documentary Projects Center and the Southern Foodways Alliance began work on a year-long project. The result will be a feature-length documentary film “Southern Food: The Movie.” Joe York, who is directing the film, recently returned from a two-week turn along the Gulf Coast where he filmed contestants at the […]

Documenting Our Backyard

Here is a Jackson Free Press review of “Smokes and Ears” that came out just before the Crossroads Film Festival–where it won the Best Mississippi Film award. This review sums up the Mission of the Media and Documentary Projects Center about as well as anything I could write. In a Pig’s Ear By Bret Kenyon […]

Congrats to Joe York

Congratulations to Joe York whose “Smokes and Ears” took home the Ruma Award at the Crossroads Film Festival.  The award, designed by artist Wyatt Waters honors the best Mississippi film. Joe has had quite a run this last month with screenings of films in California, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, and upcoming in New Zealand.  Joe is also featured […]

CUD goes Down Under!

CUD, a short film by MDP producer/director Joe York about Georgia cattleman Will Harris, is now an official selection of the Reel Earth Film Fetsival in…..NEW ZEALAND! And that’s not all! This weekend CUD will screen at the Going Green Film Festival in Los Angeles, where it is nominated for the Chipotle Food that Matters […]

CUT/CHOP/COOK "debuts" at Charleston Food & Wine Festival

On March 6th, MDP & the Southern Foodways Alliance gave folks at the Charleston Food & Wine Festival a sneak peek at their latest short documentary. The film CUT/CHOP/COOK, a profile of pitmaster Rodney Scott of Scott’s Barbecue in Hemingway, South Carolina, was produced and directed by MDP’s Joe York in association with the Union […]