Heather Hughes is a blogger (Viva Epicurea) out of Kelowna, BC. that grew up in Maple Valley and studied in Bellingham.
She is also a film maker and a documentarian. And tomorrow Heather and her husband Hanson Hosein (they've worked for NBC and MSNBC, domestically and abroad) will be screening a documentary at Central Cinema that I think you all might be interested to take a peek at.
The film is called Independent America: The Two Lane Search for Mom & Pop. It follows the filmmakers as they travel 13 thousand miles across the country with two self imposed road rules:
One - No chains. They can only do business with Mom & Pop stores.
Two - No inter-states, they must use state highways and secondary roads.
They've captured a snapshot of corporate resistance and a return to local across the country. While they couldn't incorporate too much food into the film they did blog and podcast about it on a trip blog they kept -- tasting their way across the country, a treat that they won't soon forget!
The screening is sponsored by BALLE Seattle (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies). They'll have two shows: one at 6:45 and another at 9. And Hanson and Heather will be participating in a discussion between the screenings.
If you're free, please join them. And if you are not, change your plans and support these two fabulous people! :-)
Mom and Pop Stores- listen to Heather and Hanson being interviewed by Ross Reynolds on KUOW's The Conversation (5:32).
Related reading: Disappearing Seattle: Gone but not forgotten