Allan Benton is the god of bacon and slow cured hams.
Since 1973, he has operated from a modest, green-painted cinderblock building just off Highway 411 in Madisonville, Tennessee. It’s a little spit of a town in the eastern part of the state backdropped by the Smoky Mountains.
Allan has gained nationwide fame among chefs and foodies. His bacon, ham and prosciutto are sacred and used in the kitchens of Thomas Keller, David Chang, and Sean Brock to name a few.
A project from bureauofcommongoods.com, Made by Hand is a new short film series celebrating the people who make things by hand—sustainably, locally, and with a love for their craft.
In our second film, we meet writer turned knife maker Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn. He talks about the human element of craft, and the potential for a skill to mature into an art. And in sharing his story, he alights on the real meaning of handmade—a movement whose riches are measured in people, not cash.
director of photography JOSHUA KRASZEWSKI
editor MATT SHAPIRO
music MICHAEL TRAINOR & NATHAN ROSENBERG
music produced at THE DOG HOUSE NYC
sound recordist ROBERT ALBRECHT
re-recording mixer NICHOLAS MONTGOMERY
assistant re-recording mixer JOHN GUMAER
gaffer ADAM ORELLANA
title design MANDY BROWN
A poetic look at the world of a London based artist Eleanor Lakelin who uses highly traditional turning and carving techniques to create forms which are contemporary in shape and feel. vimeo.com/189700597