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Award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt shares his personal journey to explore the African-American cuisine known as soul food.
Award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt shares his personal journey to explore the African-American cuisine known as soul food.
421 backers pledged $31,358 to help bring this project to life.

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Your name on my website!

Good morning, Backers!

As I promised to you during my Soul Food Junkies Kickstarter campaign, the names of Backers, who contributed at the corn bread level or higher, have been added to my website.  

To see your name listed as a contributor to Soul Food Junkies on my site, please go to

If your name should be included on the site, but isn't, please let me know at

Thank you so much!

Love to you all.

Byron Hurt

Watch Soul Food Junkies & Join the Conversation!

Dear Backers,

Watch the award-winning documentary Soul Food Junkies TONIGHT at 10 p.m. ET on PBS' Independent Lens!

Our goal is to draw over one million viewers to the broadcast. Here's how you can help us reach the widest audience possible:

• Forward this email to your entire network

• Spread the word via social media by posting on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or your platform of choice

• Call or text your family members and friends to remind them to tune to Soul Food Junkies on PBS tonight at 10 p.m*

• DVR, TIVO or record Soul Food Junkies if you cannot watch it tonight on PBS at 10 p.m.

If you have a Twitter account, tweet throughout the day using the following sample tweets (or compose your own original tweets):

• Tonight @byronhurt premieres #soulfoodjunkies on @IndependentLens @PBS. Check out the trailer & tune in:

• Want to know when @byronhurt #soulfoodjunkies is playing on a TV near you? Luckily, we are here to help:

• Filmmaker @byronhurt shares his hopes for #soulfoodjunkies Premieres on @PBS 1/14 #health #soulfood

• Tonight @byronhurt premieres #soulfoodjunkies on @IndependentLens @PBS. Check out the trailer & tune in:

• Good food doesn’t have to be bad for you. Tonight @byronhurt breaks down soul food in #SoulFoodJunkies:

• Get ready for a feast for the eyes tonight on @IndependentLens! Kick off the Spring season w/ #soulfoodjunkies @byronhurt: #health

Join us for a tweetchat* immediately following the 10 p.m. broadcast. The tweetchat begins at 11 p.m. Use the hashtag #soulfoodjunkies.

*What's a Tweetchat?
A Tweetchat is a scheduled gathering of people on Twitter to discuss or promote a mutual topic of interest, using a #hashtag to keep track of and trend the conversation. This Monday, January 14 at 11p.m. ET, log on to Twitter, search for #soulfoodjunkies and join the conversation! You can also join and participate by searching #soulfoodjunkies

This is exciting! Thank you for your support and enjoy the broadcast!


Byron Hurt
Director, Soul Food Junkies

PBS Premieres Soul Food Junkies Mon 10 PM

Dear Backers,

The time has finally come!

Soul Food Junkies will premiere nationally THIS MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013, at 10 p.m. on PBS’ Emmy-award winning series, Independent Lens! Please note: Although Independent Lens airs nationally on PBS, local PBS programmers can air it whenever they feel it will work best for their market. It is important that you check your local listing for the exact date and time in your area. To see when Soul Food Junkies airs in your area, click here!

In total, there will be 1,562 airings of Soul Food Junkies in nearly 175 television markets during the month of January! This is phenomenal national television coverage! Advertisements for Soul Food Junkies are currently running on PBS and in movie theaters in six U.S. cities nationwide! To see the :30 Soul Food Junkies movie ad, click here.

Needless to say, we are VERY EXCITED and hope that you are, too!

The enthusiasm and buzz for Soul Food Junkies’ national broadcast is increasing daily, and people are spreading the word around the country via email and social media! Please help us SPREAD THE WORD about the broadcast by telling everyone you know to watch Soul Food Junkies on PBS’ Independent Lens! Post the broadcast details on your Facebook page and tweetchat with me (details to come) on Monday night on Twitter: @byronhurt. Use the hashtags: #soulfoodjunkies and #tgim.

We’re also receiving tons of positive national and local media coverage. Press requests are coming in every day! Here are some links to recent coverage for you to check out! Please feel free to forward and share widely:

Newspapers/Magazines: The L.A. Times, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Dallas Morning News, The Newark Star Ledger, San Francisco Examiner, The Orlando Weekly, Jet Magazine, and Reuters


The Tom Joyner Morning Show


NBC-New York

Additionally, ITVS’ Community Cinema will screen Soul Food Junkies in more than 100 cities around the country. To see where Soul Food Junkies will be playing near you, click here. There's nothing like watching Soul Food Junkies with a live audience, so please, attend a Community Cinema screening in your city or town, and bring family, friends, and co-workers along with you!

This is a very exciting time for all involved with the Soul Food Junkies project. As always, thank you for your support, and PLEASE TUNE IN!

Much love and respect,

Byron Hurt
Director, Soul Food Junkies

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Soul Food Junkies Update

Dear Backers,

On Monday I will be mailing out Kickstarter rewards to those who recently submitted their mailing addresses to us.

If you have not submitted your mailing address, please send it to

On another note, we are gearing up for our national broadcast on PBS' Emmy award-winning series, Independent Lens, Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10 p.m.  Soul Food Junkies is gaining national media attention, and as we get closer to the broadcast, there will be more and more buzz about the film's television debut.

Here is an article that recently ran in the New York Times:

Please share the New York Times article with your family, friends, and people in your network!  Tell them that you were a Soul Food Junkies Backer!

We're getting excited about the broadcast and we hope you are too!

Thanks and Happy New Year!


Byron Hurt

Soul Food Junkies Ads in Theaters!

Dear Backers,

PBS' Emmy award-winning series Independent Lens informed me last night that they will run :30 second Soul Food Junkies ads in movie theaters in six major U.S. markets! The ads will run in a total of 14 movie theaters in Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco for two (2) weeks from Dec 28 through the national broadcast of Soul Food Junkies on January 14, 2013 at 10 pm.

If you are in any of those cities and happen to go to the movies, please get there early and look out for Soul Food Junkies on the big screen!

Watch the :30 second ad that will run in New York City movie theaters here!

Thank you so much for your support!

Byron Hurt