Appalachian Hardwood Forests (04:27)
Touring through the deep south of the United States, this film will travel from Georgia through the Gulf of Mexico, to the Mississippi River Delta. Elgin Wells is a poet and stunt flyer who composes his music in a pine and oak forest in Georgia.
Elgin Wells, Musical Aviator (04:16)
With help from his mechanic, Elgin rigs his stunt planes in his Atlanta hangar. His father was a military pilot in World War II, and bought Elgin his first plane when he was 20. Elgin plays seven different types of musical instrument, and combined his passions in the aircraft, Starjammer.
Lake Lanier and Stone Mountain (04:44)
Lake Lanier is part of a network of rivers that flow to the Gulf of Mexico. The Buford Dam protects Atlanta from floods of the Chattahoochee River and stores water in the Lake Lanier reservoir.
Montgomery, Alabama (05:15)
Downstream of the Chattahoochee River is the capital of Alabama, Montgomery. Montgomery was built on the cotton industry as a trade hub, and is the hometown of Martin Luther King, Jr. In Newbern, young artists and architects study under the mentorship of Andrew Freear.
Newbern's Rural Studio (04:38)
Lauren Danley is a professional welder, visiting the Rural Studio to teach young architects. Andrew Freear and his team have been developing an affordable housing project for 10 years.
Natchez, Mississippi (06:50)
Natchez is the oldest town on the Mississippi river, named after a local native tribe. After changing hands multiple times, Natchez became American when Napoleon sold Louisiana to Jefferson. Named "Angola" after the slave plantation that formerly occupied the area, the Louisiana State Penitentiary is the largest maximum security prison in the US.
Avery Island's Tabasco Hot Sauce (06:18)
After the Civil War, Edmund McIlhenny created the recipe for Tabasco sauce. The current head of the Tabasco family, Tony Simons, describes the conservation efforts of Edmund's son, Edward A.
Atchafalaya Basin (05:23)
When the first settlers arrived, Louisiana had endless stretches of trees and swamps which were cleared and levied for development. Between two levees lies the Atchafalaya Basin, a vast wetland.
Living in the Bayou (06:24)
Shane Doucet is a former craw fisherman, visiting the bayou in his free time. During the fishing season, bayou residents occupy floating cabins on the water.
Crab Fishing in the Delta (02:56)
At the end of the Mississippi River, the Mississippi Delta spans between the river and the sea. Storms and hurricanes make life difficult in the delta. Local father and son Steve and Chris brave the oncoming winds of Hurricane Isaac to fish for crabs on the shoreline.
Credits: U.S.A.: The Deep South (01:23)
Credits: U.S.A.: The Deep South
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