About this project
"Roots & Hollers" is a half-hour documentary film that traces the wild American ginseng trade from the rugged men who dig the elusive root in the mountains of Appalachia to ginseng shops in San Francisco's Chinatown.
The film explores the challenges diggers face in eking out a living by trading the rare and valuable plant and reveals the unique intersection between Asian and American cultures that dates back to the early 18th Century.
"Roots & Hollers" is a collaborative project of Patrick Kollman and Thomas Gorman as their Master's project in the documentary program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. They've been working on this film since September but need some additional funding help for archival footage, music and post-production.
"Roots & Hollers" will be released in May 2011.
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