Monday, November 18, 2013

Jeremy Seifert - Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC | Tupelo, MS Link Center | Milledgeville, GA

The latest update from Jeremy Seifert, currently touring his film GMO OMG:

I've fallen behind on the Southern Tour blog! Not so hard to do with three children on the road and a new city every night.
I think it was the 8+ hour drive to Tupelo, MS, from Clinton, SC, that threw everything out of whack.

Warm and hospitable people greeted us in Clinton, and the film played to an intimate crowd in a lecture hall on campus.
We had a fantastic discussion after the film, and Molly apologized profusely for the GMO snacks offered for the reception.
It wasn't her fault....this is just the world we live in. But we'll get there with a bit more effort! Something Molly knows firsthand since she's married to an organic farmer.

After Presbyterian College, we made the long drive to Tuscaloosa, AL, where I dropped the family at our friends house and picked up my dear friend, Nate, to accompany me to Tupelo. In spite of the sprawl and chain stores that have taken the heart out of so many small towns, Tupelo still has some soul and wonderful old buildings. We enjoyed what was probably the best shrimp po boy I've ever eaten at the local gem, The Neon Pig, while the film was underway. And the Q&A afterward made for a unique and unforgettable trip to the birthplace of Elvis.

Milledgeville really went out of their way to make this leg of the journey a beautiful experience. Joe Windish interviewed me weeks back for the local station and made sure there was a huge turnout for the film this afternoon. It's a gorgeous campus, with yellow and orange leaves still on the trees this far south, tucked into the heart of a historic town that incorporated in 1803. After a lively Q&A, we headed out to a farmhouse about 15 minutes outside town for a delicious potluck dinner with a mixture of professors, artists, farmers, and homesteaders. It was the best evening of food and fellowship we've had on the tour so far! Thanks everybody for that good ol' southern hospitality combined with lives devoted to restoring what we've lost and taking back our seeds and soil.