For Kentucky, 2020 was an especially difficult year. The Covid-19 crisis compounded with the aftermath of Briana Taylor’s murder highlighted systemic issues in a state that has suffered from stark inequality for decades. As one of the poorest states in the nation, Kentucky has some of the worst access in the U.S. to education, healthcare, and clean drinking water. It’s ironic that a state with some of the most disenfranchised people is represented by one of the most powerful politicians in the country; Mitch McConnell.
Running in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat held by Mitch McConnell, Charles Booker attempts one of the biggest upsets in political history by challenging establishment-backed candidate Amy McGrath.
From the Hood to the Holler follows Booker’s campaign across Kentucky, from the most urban to the most rural settings, with Booker and his team rewriting the campaign playbook. Instead of exploiting divisions, they lean into the idea that average Kentuckians have common bonds, united by their shared day-to-day fight to survive. Booker works to represent Kentuckians, both Black and White, who feel entirely left out of the political process. His message is simple: Whether you are from the city “hood” — like Booker — or the Appalachian “holler,” you are not invisible.
A captivating documentary showcasing a young man finding his voice as a leader and of his incredible journey against the odds, From the Hood to the Holler follows Booker as he works to unite people of all colors across Kentucky, while fighting against big money in politics, voter suppression, and systemic corruption in a historically deeply red state.
From the Hood to the Holler was directed by Pat McGee and produced by Terry Hahin, Adam Linkenhelt, Gregory Taylor, and McGee with Executive Producers Alyssa Milano and Michael Shannon. The film was won 5 awards including Audience Choice at 2022 Cleveland International Film Festival.
The film will make its NY Premiere as part of the Documentary Feature Section at Brooklyn Film Festival on Monday, June 6 at 6:00 PM at Windmill Studios.