Local filmmaker Valerie Whitcomb launched a campaign to fund her documentary, The Blueberry Farmer, about Bernie Ellis. Ellis “reinvented” himself as a blueberry farmer after facing a felony conviction for growing cannabis and providing it to others for medicinal use.(Photo: Submitted)
A Middle Tennessee local filmmaker launched a campaign in hopes of funding a documentary about a man who “reinvented” himself as a blueberry farmer after facing a felony conviction for growing cannabis and providing it to others for medicinal use.
The “all or nothing” project, according to the documentary’s website, will only be funded if it reaches its goal of at least $7,500 by Jan. 13.
When Valerie Whitcomb of Tepper Creek Films in Charlotte heard Bernie Ellis’ story for the first time, she knew she wanted to tell his story via documentary: The Blueberry Farmer.
“It was a positive story of survival,” she said. “It was somebody that had been through so much trauma because he was trying to do a good thing in the world, and because our laws are so antiquated that