Angel of Alabama

Brenda Hampton was born first of ten to a family in rural Alabama. Her mother taught her to think critically and always fight for justice, so she left for Boston to become an investigator. When her mother fell ill, she returned to Alabama to donate her left kidney. Eventually Brenda's remaining kidney began to fail and triggered her realization of a larger problem. With her expertise and passion for justice, she identified the source of massive environmental contamination in Alabama. Her years of work have led to a permanent water solution for her community. Her efforts have even pushed international progress including a policy change by the largest fast-food company in the world: McDonalds

  • Elijah Yetter-Bowman
    Director
  • Elijah Yetter-Bowman
    Writer
  • Michele Foreman
    Producer
  • Ray Ellis
    Producer
  • Sammy Bauer
    Producer
  • Gill Holland
    Producer
    FLOW, Beauty Mark, Maidentrip, etc.
  • David Shaddix
    Drone Operator
  • Elijah Yetter-Bowman
    Director of Photography
  • Elijah Yetter-Bowman
    Editor
  • Brianna Mellott
    Consulting Producer
  • Celine Francois
    Camera Operator
  • Matt Grcic
    Camera Operator
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    justice, environmental, portrait, uplifting
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 4, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony A7III & Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Huntsville Human Rights Film Festival
    Hunstville
    United States
    March 31, 2022
    North America Premiere
    Headline Film
  • Southern Exposure Fellowship - Special Project
    Birmingham
    United States
    Fellowship Grant
  • Special Lecture Series - Duke Law School
    Durham
    United States
    March 16, 2022
    EJ Law Series
  • DOC SPEAKS - UNC
    Chapel Hill
    March 15, 2022
    Private premiere and academic event.
  • BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival
    Cary, NC
    United States
    September 15, 2022
    Cary Premiere
    Opening Night Film
  • OPENING NIGHT - 3rd National PFAS Conference
    Wilmington
    United States
    June 14, 2022
  • WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL 2023
    Nevada City
    United States
    February 18, 2023
    California Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Elijah Yetter-Bowman

Elijah grew up in North Carolina as a curious problem solver, always blending disciplines. They attended college at UNC Chapel Hill to pursue a path in healthcare but fell back into the arts soon after. Recognizing a lack of creative communication for complex issues, they founded Ethereal Films to use storytelling that can help solve dire problems. Since this Elijah has received a number of film grants, maintains partnerships with NGOs such as the NRDC and NC NAACP, and was selected as a 2021 Southern Exposure Film Fellow.

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Director Statement

During production of GenX, our crew met Brenda Hampton, a truly remarkable activist serving communities in North Alabama. Her story moved us and with her gracious permission, we decided to produce a separate short film highlighting her work. Brenda is one-of-a-kind and simply breathes love into everything she does. It is my honor to help share her story with the world.