Soul Food Junkies: Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Byron Hurt
February 28, 2013
Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a published writer and an anti-sexism activist. His documentary Soul Food Junkies explores the health advantages and disadvantages of soul food, a quintessential American cuisine. His other critically acclaimed film, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. It was later broadcast nationally on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, drawing an audience of more than 1.3 million viewers. To date, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes has been selected to appear in more than 50 film festivals worldwide and The Chicago Tribune named it “one of the best documentary films in 2007.” In addition to being a filmmaker, Hurt is a nationally respected activist. Since 1993, he has been using his craft, his voice and his writings to broaden and deepen how people think about race and gender. His first film, I AM A MAN: Black Masculinity in America, is a 60-minute award-winning documentary that captures the thoughts and feelings of African-American men and women from more than cities across the country. Hurt challenges audiences to interrogate the damaging effects of patriarchy, racism and sexism in American culture.