Roots & Hollers

Thomas Gorman, Patrick Kollman | 2011 | 20 min.

2012 Official Selection

Award Winner: 2012 Student Filmmaker Award

Roots & Hollers’ takes you deep inside the world of wild American ginseng. The legendary root has linked Asia to the Appalachian wilderness for centuries. Considered a cure-all, wild American roots sell for thousands of dollars in Asian markets. The film follows two budding businessmen, Jeremy Tackett and Terry Cable, as they try their luck in a remarkable underground trade now threatened by urban sprawl, over-harvesting, and strip-mining.