A Story About Why Food Matters —
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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 — for an entire year. 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 will be broadcast on Monday, July 29 at 7:00pm on Alabama Public Television.
Filmmaker Andrew Grace grew up in Huntsville, Ala. on the outskirts of Jones Valley Farm, and that upbringing was part of the inspiration for the film. EATING ALABAMA follows Grace, his wife, Rashmi, and two of their friends as they discover how modern agriculture has changed what we eat, how we eat, and how farmers do their jobs.
“Our goal was to eat only food grown or raised in Alabama for a year – which is how our grandparents lived. That didn’t turn out to be easy,” Grace said. In fact, he had to travel hundreds of miles around Alabama to farms and farmers markets to find produce. Grace, who had never hunted before, also found himself perched in a deer stand to procure food for the table.
EATING ALABAMA also examines the lives of modern Alabama farmers and the difficult time they have making a living in the modern world of agro-industry.
EATING ALABAMA was voted “Best Alabama Film” at the 2012 Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham and “Best of State” at the 2013 George Lindsey University of North Alabama Film Festival in Florence.
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. He worked with Alabama Public Television on the documentaries ALABAMA CRAFT and THE DURRS OF MONTGOMERY.