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A half-hour documentary tracing the wild American ginseng trade from the rugged mountains of Appalachia to the markets of Chinatown.
A half-hour documentary tracing the wild American ginseng trade from the rugged mountains of Appalachia to the markets of Chinatown.
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"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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    A free DVD of the film plus some wild ginseng!

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    A limited-edition ginseng t-shirt screen-printed by us plus a free DVD and some wild ginseng.

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    Special thanks in the credits plus the limited-edition ginseng t-shirt, free DVD and some wild ginseng.

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    Two (2) tickets to the film premiere in May, a limited edition t-shirt, free DVD, wild ginseng, and special thanks in the credits.

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    A home-cooked meal with the producers, plus 2 tickets to the premiere, and all of the above.

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