The Films of Joe York

Hollis Bennett
Louisiana - Oct/Nov 2011

A brief retrospective with comments by the filmmaker

Cud, 2009
“At the end of my second fourteen-hour day of filming, Georgia cattleman Will Harris drove me out to the middle of one of his pastures and produced two bottles of Shiraz. As we sat there drinking wine among a couple hundred head of cattle, Will said, ‘I’d like to end about three hundred and sixty-five days a year just like this.’ I couldn’t agree more."
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Smokes & Ears, 2009
“Occasionally I’m presented with something I really don’t want to eat, but I respectfully eat it anyway. When Geno Lee handed me my first pig ear sandwich, I thought that was where I was headed. Instead, I chewed it with some of the best homemade hot sauce I’ve ever tasted and promptly ordered another.” Click here to watch SMOKE & EARS

Cut/Chop/Cook, 2010
“Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of people cook a lot of really good barbecue, but Rodney Scott has one tool in the kitchen that I’d never seen anywhere else: a chainsaw. As he puts it, ‘Some chefs go in the garden and pick out their own tomatoes. I go into the woods and pick out my own trees.’”
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Goat, 2011
“It took me about five minutes to finish my first tray of roasted oysters at Bowens Island and about fifteen minutes to polish off trays two and three. It took Victor ‘Goat’ Lafayette the better part of a day to harvest those same oysters, a job he’s been doing day in and day out for most of his life.”
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Deadliest Throw, 2011
“While filming the famed mullet toss at the Flora-Bama lounge, I asked soon-to-be-impeached county commissioner Steve Nodine to explain why so many folks flock to this sliver of the Redneck Riviera. ‘The Flora-Bama is a place almost like…Stonehenge,’ he deadpanned. ‘That’s how deep it goes.’”
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To Live and Die in Avoyelles Parish, 2011
“There are no strangers in Avoyelles Parish. On my second drive down, I joined a small group who had gathered to gawk at a soybean field overrun by deer fleeing rising floodwaters. A fellow introduced himself and asked if I was with the news. ‘No,’ I said. ‘I’m down here working on a documentary about cochon de lait.’ ‘Oh,’ he said. ‘Well, what are you doing this Sunday?’”
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