Industrial Hemp and a Greener Future with ‘Bringing it Home’ Filmmaker Linda Booker
January 7, 2015
Filmmaker Linda Booker spent her formative years in southwest Florida, and after graduating from Florida State University, worked as a graphic designer and Art Director for publications that include Yacht Vacations Magazine, Palm Beach Illustrated and Toy & Hobby World. Her love of movies and a growing commitment to community activism converged after attending the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2003. Two years later, Linda completed the Certificate in Documentary Studies program at Duke University and went on to produce and direct MILLWORKER: The Documentary, chronicling a theatre production about cotton mill workers in the American South. Her feature documentary, Love Lived on Death Row (2008), combined a powerful story of forgiveness, healing from domestic violence, and four siblings’ battle to save their father from execution. Her latest award-winning film, Bringing It Home (2013), co-directed with Blaire Johnson, has screened at film festivals worldwide since its release last year, and its audience engagement campaign is reaching communities and college campuses across the USA. The film’s outreach initiative aims to entertain and educate about the environmental, economic and health benefits of industrial hemp, and energize policy change using the unique power of film. In addition to documentary films, Linda’s company, By the Brook Productions, has provided video production services to regional organizations and nonprofit groups. A self-admitted travel junkie, Linda is grateful for being invited to locations such as Hawaii, Sedona and Portland to screen and speak about Bringing It Home. All these beautiful places and her home in central North Carolina inspire a passion for environmental and sustainability issues.