We are pleased to share films from two of our 2019 Summer Documentary Film Interns, Kat Hernandez and Zaire Love.

Kat Hernandez is a writer, video storyteller, and graduate journalism student at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism in New York City. She has worked with food as both a pastry chef and food journalist. As an emerging documentarian, she aspires to tell stories about the complex history and relationships individuals and communities have with food.

Soul of the Kitchen examines how Juneteenth is celebrated in Natchez, Mississippi, following the preparations of three generations of black women who carry on the tradition of passing down recipes orally rather than via written instructions.

Zaire Love is a multidisciplinary artist and graduate student at the University of Mississippi where she studies as an MFA student in Documentary Expression. As a student, she has created multiples films that seek to honor and amplify Southern voices, especially southern women of color.

Soulfed profiles LeAnn Baker from The Truth Church in Batesville, Mississippi. As church secretary, LeAnn Baker finds creative ways to host soul food dinners, encouraging fellowship and community within the black southern congregation.

In 2017, SFA launched our Summer Documentary Film Internship program to encourage and nurture emerging documentary filmmakers. In addition to hands on learning through pre- and post-production assistance on current projects, this year’s paid interns directed and edited individual film projects with producers Ava Lowrey and John T. Edge. Mountain Valley Spring Water generously underwrites these internships.