Best Alabama Film, Sidewalk Film Festival 2012, Winner Top Grit, 2012 Indie Grits
The Sidewalk Film Festival website calls 'Eating Alabama' 'enlightening, introspective and entertaining ... a visual history of what rural life is like early in the 21st century... and that's no small accomplishment.'
A story about why food matters.
In search of a simpler life, a young couple returns home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did – locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agro-industrial gastronomical complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since farmers once populated their family histories. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and sustainability, Eating Alabama is a story about why food matters.
Grace and his wife, Rashmi, took this journey home to Alabama together and decided to document their experience and insights. "The film is structured as an essay but is light and conversational, as if you were sitting down to dinner with old friends you haven't seen in a while," says a The Film Stage review. "It is not a hard-hitting exposé like Food Inc. but a reflection on our disconnection from the land, land in Alabama that has somewhat of a troubled history. A personal and historical tale, it strikes a powerful and entertaining balance that Southern first-person documentarians (such as Godfrey Cheshire's Moving Midway) are achieving by unpacking family and regional history."
About the filmmaker
Andrew Beck Grace is a documentary filmmaker and native Alabamian. He's a past fellow at the CPB/PBS Producers Academy and directs the Documenting Justice program at the University of Alabama.
Eating Alabama has the generous support of the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Alabama Public Television with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
For more about the film, visit the website.