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The Smell of Money

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Jan 01, 2027

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About the film

A century after her grandfather claimed his freedom from slavery and the family land, Elsie Herring and her community fight for the right to clean air, water, and the life they were promised. The Smell of Money is the true story of everyday people versus corporate titans in a battle with life-or-death consequences.




1h 24m




Shawn Bannon


Michelle Cho, Jenn Murphy, Dr. Tyson-Lord Gray, Shawn Bannon, Jamie Berger

Executive Producer

Travon Free, Kate Mara, DeRay Mckesson, David Lowery, Martin Desmond Roe, Mickey Meyer


Jamie Berger


Jason Pollard, Khamani Hagood, Curtis Heath

Awards & recognition

Sarasota Film Festival

Doc Feature Jury Award

Hot Docs

Top 5 Audience Favorite

Sidewalk Film Festival

Best Life & Liberty Film

Bushwick Film Festival

Best Feature Doc

Outer Banks Environmental Film Festival

Best Feature Film, Audience Award

What people are saying

The Smell of Money is a richly human and emotionally honest film that finds its power in its truth and in the straightforward testimony of the residents who've fought back.

Richard Propes

The Independent Critic

Enraging, illuminating and heartfelt. It will make you think twice before buying pork at the supermarket.

Avi Offer

NYC Movie Guru

Employing a straightforward documentary approach, the case mounted leads to one conclusion... I for one will never be able to look at Smithfield bacon, Nathan’s hot dogs, or any of their brands without this reality uppermost in my mind.

Diane Carson

KDHX St. Louis

The Smell of Money lays bare a specific example of the tangled mess of economic and racial privilege which explains so much about why things happen the way they do in the United States.

Sarah Boslaugh

The Arts STL

In America these days, the injustice goes on even when the facts seem obvious, even when the fight seems won.

Roger Moore

Movie Nation

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