The Morris Chronicle (2006)

Morris Peeples is a film that sets out to document a 93 year-old barbecue master as he cooks a hog in the old fashioned way - the way that farmers in the Springfield community in South Carolina have cooked in this Edisto River region in Barnwell County. This film starts out to be about Morris setting aside a hog for a BBQ requested by an attorney in Barnwell - his attorney. As we move linearly through the cooking of the barbecue, we learn that Morris is supervisor and honorary member of a hunt club that in what Morris calls "the Big House" about 300 yards from his sharecropper house, where he and his 52 year old wife, Faye, live. When Morris takes us to the "Big House", we become connected to a story of the relationship between the landowner who began the hunt club, Morris Peeples, and the men who are members of the hunt club who spend weekend outings at the "Big House" The Hatiola Hunt in which Morris is an honorary member brings Morris together with men whose Southern roots are entertwined with Morris's.

Morris lived the life of a sharecropper. He is a man who inherited almost supernatural strength - on the inside and the outside - from his father, as well as a knowledge of the soil and how to get the most out of it that earned him the reputation of being able to get more quality product out of an acre of land than anyone else in the county. He is a sage - a man whom his brothers and their sons in The Hatiola Hunt club seek out for wisdom ,as well as a zest for living. As we come into Morris's life we find a person with the love for people that is so infectuous that it draws the young and the old to him.
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Film Details

  • Film by: Stan Woodward
  • Produced by: Stan Woodward
  • Cinematographer: Stan Woodward
  • Sound: Stan Woodward
  • Editor: Stan Woodward
  • Funding: The South Carolina Arts Commission, Folklife and Traditional Arts Program, Members of the Hatiola Hunt, Robert Hunt, The Woodward Studio Limited
  • Original Format: DVCam: Sony
  • ©The Woodward Studio Limited
  • 1 hr 51 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    African American CultureAgingFamilyFoodwaysRural Life