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Award winning documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt has a new one-hour film that will be pre-screened at the Mount Vernon Armory, 144 North Fifth Avenue on Friday, January 18, 2013. The film will begin at 1.p.m. and will be followed by a half hour question and answer period.

“Soul Food Junkies,” winner of the CNN Best Documentary Award for the 2012 American Black Film Festival, showcases the passionate love affair African Americans have with Soul Food. Deeply steeped in West African cuisine and often made with leftover/waste foods by slaves on plantations, soul food gained popularity during the 1960’s when African American culture was being explored across the United States and the world.

The film additionally explores the health advantages and disadvantages of Soul Food which tend to be very high in starch, fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories. The Black community’s deep-rooted, complex and in some cases deadly love affair with this cultural cuisine is also examined.  Soul Food Junkies puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its significance and its consequences.

Hurt, a former Northeastern quarterback, in addition to being a writer and filmmaker, is an anti-sexist activist and lecturer. He was the former host of the Emmy-nominated Outstanding Magazine Program television show broadcast on NYC Life. REEL WORKS with BYRON HURT showcased personal documentaries made by New York City at risk teenagers.

He is a founding member of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading college-based rape and domestic violence prevention initiative for college and professional athletics. He also served as an Associate Director of the first gender violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps.

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Pre-Registration to see the movie is required by January 11, 2013. For further information and registration, please call the Mont Vernon Office for the Aging – 914-665-2315


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