Eating Alabama

Slow Food, in collaboration with Farm to City, will present a free screening of the essay-style food documentary, Eating Alabama, on Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at The Rotunda on 4014 Walnut Street in West Philadelphia.

In search of a simpler life, filmmaker Andrew Beck Grace and his wife, Rashmi, return home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did – locally and seasonally. They quickly realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed, and eating local is not as easy as it used to be. Peppered with Grace’s thoughtful narrative and touching family anecdotes, Eating Alabama is a story about community, the South, and why food matters.

In a Q&A with the filmmaker, Grace speaks about the innate implications of food as it affects families, farmers, and communities.

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Future Weather: Help kick-start the launch of locally-made environmental film

After a world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, locally filmed Future Weather is hoping to make its way to the big screen.

Shot and produced in the Philadelphia area, the independently-made film follows the relationships of three generations of Midwestern women—specifically the abandoned eighth-grader Laudure (Perla Haney-Jardine), whose passion for nature and concern about climate change is a driving theme.

Writer-director Jenny Deller brought environmental consciousness off-screen as well, working to produce the film as sustainably as possible with special note to energy conservation and renewable materials. Deller took advantage of local resources, shooting at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and the Pennypack Ecological Center, and having the cast stay at Philadelphia’s only LEED Gold-certified hotel, the Hotel Palomar. Local green businesses provided organic catering, on-set composting and reusable water bottles. And props and set-dressing were purchased second-hand. Check out the film’s blog for a more detailed look at sustainable production practices.

Although the recipient of various grants, the film needs a final chunk of funding for its distribution phase. Visit Future Weather’s Kickstarter page to donate, purchase tickets, and learn more about the film. Pledges will be accepted until May 9.