Growin' a Beard is a documentary that follows the men of Shamrock, TX - and a hairy outsider- as they compete in the town's annual Beard Growing Contest. Since 1938, it's been a tradition in Shamrock to grow a beard from New Year's Day to St. Patrick's Day. But not just any beard - A Donegal beard. A Donegal grows along the jowl and chin with no mustache - like the Amish or Leprachaun's. Then, on the morning of St. Patrick's Day right before the big parade, they face off on Main Street Route 66 and are judged to see who has the best Donegal. In this year's contest the competition is fierce. There is Richard Smith who only enters - and wins - every 10 years. Bill Howe takes little green pills that turn his beard green. Roy Wardlow paints his green. And there is a dark horse competing. His name is Scotty McAfee. He has an amazing ability to grow hair and has finally found the contest to prove it. The DVD also comes packaged with the soundtrack performed by the Gourds.
"Captures both the contest's tongue-in-cheek competitiveness and the town's sense of community born out of tradition" -- Austin Chronicle
"It is very, very funny" -- John Kelso- Austin American Statesman
Best Documentary Short Finalist -- 2003 SXSW Film
It's a cross between Hands On A Hardbody and Vernon, Florida" -- The Director's Mom