“Hedrick’s a cult hero because of a 1999 biographical independent film, Moonshine, produced by Rhode Island filmmaker Kelly Riley.”
Jim Tom Hedrick, the moonshine legend grows
TV series adds ‘fuel’ to Jim Tom’s legend
By James Budd
email@example.com Friday, February 8, 2013 3:38 PM CST
Jim Tom Hedrick at his summer camp on Big Snowbird Creek in Graham County, N.C. Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners series adding to Jim Tom’s notoriety. Jim Tom Hedrick is well known in the mountains around Robbinsville, N.C.
The following is a profile from the archives of The Graham Star about Jim Tom Hedrick, a moonshiner from Graham County, who is appearing on Discovery Channel’s series, Moonshiners.
Documentary filmmaker Kelly L. Riley takes us back to Graham County, North Carolina in Still Making Moonshine to reconnect with homemade hooch producer Jim Tom Hendrick, the subject of his previous documentary, Moonshine (2000). Jim Tom proves to be just as colorful in this feature-length follow-up. While he is very much the same unpretentious character we remember from the first film, the good-humored distiller has modernized his methods a bit. Rather than cooking his whiskey outdoors over an open fire, he now heats his brew inside a trailer over a propane flame. Still, despite the technological advancements, Jim Tom manages to set his pants on fire.
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The subjects of documentaries often prove that real people are more fascinating than any characters that can be fashioned out of the imagination. Jim Tom Hendrick, the focus of Kelly L. Riley’s documentary short Moonshine, is just one of those subjects. An aging denizen of the hills of North Carolina, Jim Tom spends his days focused on the semi-conflicting interests of the Bible and the production of corn liquor. With Jim Tom as our tour guide, the film leads us through the process of distilling moonshine whiskey; but the short also takes the time to stray from the bootlegger’s hidden mountain still to give us a view of Jim Tom’s community and way of life. (follow the link below to read the rest)
Documentary filmmaker Kelly L. Riley returns to the mountains of North Carolina and discovers more than just whiskey being bootlegged. Jim Tom smiths a still from a roll of copper at his creek-side camp. In a dry county thick with prying eyes and tee-totalers, Jim Tom slips around making a run of moonshine. Jerry Jumper and William Bird explain how the old spirit allies of the Cherokee, “the little people”, still live in the near by woods and streams. As a feature length sequel to the critically acclaimed short documentary “Moonshine”, “Still Making Moonshine” is a drunken tale of lost language, severed limbs, buried shine and blackouts. Have a taste of bootleg whiskey and Jesus, “140 proof.” Purchase the feature length documentary Still Making Moonshine, NTSC, DVD.