Joe York hails from Glencoe, Alabama. He received a BA in anthropology from Auburn University and an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. While still a graduate student, York realized that he wanted to tell stories through film. The Southern Foodways Alliance gave him a video camera and a tip on an heirloom seed saver in Kentucky, and he was off and running.
York joined the staff of the University’s Media and Documentary Projects, part of the University’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, in 2005. Since then, he has made over thirty short films and two feature-length documentaries, most of them in partnership with the Southern Foodways Alliance. He is also the author of a book of photography, With Signs Following: Photography of the Southern Religious Roadside (University Press of Mississippi, 2007).
York’s films have won a bevy of accolades at film festivals in the South and beyond. He was named Food Filmmaker of the Year at the New York Food Film Fest in 2009, and has also won awards at the Oxford Film Festival, the Chicago Food Film Fest, and the Crossroads Film Festival in Jackson, Mississippi.
Pride and Joy, York’s feature-length documentary about Southern food, is six years and more than fifty thousand highway miles in the making.
He and his wife, Kathryn, live in Oxford, Mississippi, with their black lab, Dinah. They are expecting their first child at the end of 2012.
John T. Edge is the co-executive producer of Pride & Joy and is the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance. He is the author or editor of a number of books including Southern Belly and the foodways volume of the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. When he’s not writing books or directing the SFA, John T. writes for the New York Times, is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun and is a longtime columnist for the Oxford American.
His magazine and newspaper writing has been featured in ten editions of the Best Food Writing compilation. The James Beard Foundation recognized his work with the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. John T. holds an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of the Southern Culture, and an M.F.A in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife, Blair, and his son, Jess.
Dr. Andrew Harper is the co-executive producer of “Pride & Joy” and the Director of the University of Mississippi’s Media and Documentary Projects Center. When he’s not overseeing one of the dozens of documentaries he’s executive produced, he keeps himself busy as an Assistant Professor of Southern Studies and Journalism. Andy holds a PhD in History from Northern Arizona University and teaches history and documentary classes at the University of Mississippi. He lives, you guessed it, in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife, Lee, and his son, Ben.