“Bringing It Home” produced and directed by Linda Booker, By the Brook Production’s founder with co-director Blaire Johnson of Green Hope Productions, won 2014’s Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival’s Jury Award and Best Environmental Film at Sedona International Film Festival and Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. The documentary has been part of a national outreach campaign to help educate consumers and lawmakers about industrial hemp’s uses for healthy, sustainable products for nutrition, construction materials, bio-composites, textiles, body care and more and why policy change is needed to bring this beneficial crop back to all of America’s farmers for a greener future.
Official Film Website:www.bringingithomemovie.com. “Bringing It Home” is screening in film festivals in 2013 and available for community screenings.
Linda Booker of By the Brook Productions and Blaire Johnson of Green Hope Productions based inNorth Carolina have recently released BRINGING IT HOMEa 50-minute documentary film about industrial hemp and its possibilities to aid America’s economy and the world’s health and environment. The feature length documentary explores industrial hemp’s uses for non-toxic, carbon-neutral building construction, its potential to replace thousands of petro-chemical and synthetic-based products, provide nutrition and improve human health, and its ability to boost economic growth and job creation in the U.S. and around the world.
The idea for the film was sparked when Booker saw a USA Today article about America’s first industrial hemp house built in North Carolina for Asheville’s former mayor and his wife. The home’s designer, Anthony Brenner, has a young daughter with a rare genetic disorder and sensitivity to chemicals that can induce reactive seizures. It was her condition that drove Brenner on his quest to find the perfect healthy building material, leading him to Hemcrete’s® non-toxic qualities for home construction. The one drawback — industrial hemp is illegal to grow in the US. As a result, it must be imported, despite the fact that industrial hemp has no psychoactive properties and was a thriving crop in America from the Colonial times through WWII’s Hemp for Victory Campaign.
In 2011 Booker (photo: on right) & Johnson (on left) filmed interviews and footage at the 2nd International Hemp Building Symposium in Granada, Spain with industry leaders from Europe, Canada and South Africa; industrial hemp companies and industries in England including an interview with “Grand Designs” host Kevin McCloud (center) at his Hemcrete® built housing scheme in Swindon; Vote Hemp’s President and legislative liaison in Washington, D.C. and U.S. hemp industry owners and advocates at the Hemp Industries Association conference in San Francisco.
Visit the officialfilm website. By the Brook Film’s feature documentary Love Lived on Death Row (84 minutes) produced and directed by By the Brook founder Linda Booker has screened at film festivals across the country and since 2008 has been used by educators and non-profits for education and community outreach on the topics of forgiveness, restorative justice and capital punishment. Widely praised by both lay and academic audiences, the documentary follows the Syriani siblings and their journey from hate and anger to reconciliation with their father, 14 years after he was sentenced to death for the murder of their mother. Woven into the story is their father’s pen-pal and friend Meg Eggleston who was inspired by Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking) to make contact with a prisoner on death row. The Syrianis’ campaign to save their father Elias from execution led them to meeting with NC’s governor Easley and garnered international media attention including an appearance on the Larry King Show. DVD available exclusively throughthe Love Lived on Death Row website for home, non-profit and educational use.