Tobacco Blues

Families who have been growing tobacco for generations face the consequences of a national controversy fuming in their own backyards.

Series
POV
Premiere Date
June 9, 1998
Length
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
Mcginnis eren filmmaker bio
Producer

Eren Isabel McGinnis

Eren Isabel McGinnis has produced 19 movies including P.O.V.'s Tobacco Blues, The Girl Next Door (shortlisted for an Oscar!), Beyond the Border, The Spirituals, and Dos Vatos-México. She has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from San Diego State University, and a certificate in Film and Video Theory and Production from the University College Dublin, in Show more Ireland. McGinnis, a Fulbright scholar, spent a year of living, writing, and filmmaking in Juchitán, México. She is currently in training for the grueling El Tour de Tucson bike ride and enjoys hiking in the Sonoran desert or any place where there is a trail to the mountaintop. Show less

Producer

Christine Fugate

We fund untold stories for public media.

Learn more about funding opportunities with ITVS.

The Film

Can a good person grow tobacco? As the cigarette war rages, small American tobacco farmers have been the often overlooked casualties. Filmmaking duo Eren McGinnis and Christine Fugate travel across Kentucky to meet the families who have been growing this crop for generations, as they face the consequences of this controversy fuming in their own backyards.

Topics