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Episode #9 Amy Drewry & Micheal Drewry: The rural decline of america, urbanization and family farming

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Amy Drewry is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, recently completing her 4th PBS affiliate documentary, a historical and agricultural film The Virginia Peanut Story, with support from the Virginia Humanities & other organizations. This documentary has aired on over 100 PBS markets nationwide.  Her previous documentaries include; Wired for Life, Early Childhood Education & Care; Surviving Abundance, Overweight Kids in Crisis; & Kingdom By The Sea, Fortress Monroe. Amy’s work in film, theater, television, corporate and digital web-based platforms has allowed her to produce in multi-genres as both Director and Producer. She directed the theatrical production “Ruined” for one of the most respected historically black universities, Hampton University. Other theater directing credits include “Crimes of the Heart” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” “Dracula” “Steel Magnolias” and others. Amy’s work in film, theater, television, corporate and digital web-based platforms has allowed her to produce in multi-genres as both Director and Producer. She directed the theatrical production “Ruined” for one of the most respected historically black universities, Hampton University. Other theater directing credits include “Crimes of the Heart” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” “Dracula” “Steel Magnolias” and others.

5 years spent working in the feature film industry included the following feature films and broadcast television shows: Historical Fiction – Gone to Texas starring Sam Elliott. Biography – The George McKenna Story starring Denzel Washington. Romance – Full Moon in Blue Water starring Gene Hackman, Burgess Meredith and Terry Garr. Medical – Buck James for Life starring Dennis Weaver. Foreign – Miller and Muller. Horror – The Lamp. Additional projects include web films for the Department of Energy, advocacy films for the National Parks Conservation Association, media campaigns for a variety of non-profits, tribute films including JoAnn Falletta, conductor and Frank Batten, creator of The Weather Channel. In the late 80’s and early 90’s Amy produced the largest environmental  awareness series in the country for the oil and gas industry, which consisted of over 100 films and included teacher guides and instructions manuals.  

Michael Drewry is an Attorney and has been the owner and operator of Drewry Farms in Surry County, Virginia since 1978. Michael’s family has been farming in Virginia since 1600’s. Currently raising row crops, livestock, berries and produce using natural methods. He has implemented environmentally friendly agricultural techniques such as solar drying of crops. He graduated with his Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Biology minor, Summa Cum Laude from William & Mary.

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