Eating Alabama (home-use)

  • Directed By: Andrew Beck Grace
  • Produced By: Andrew Beck Grace

Released: 2013
Running Time: 62min
Educational Subjects: Agricultural Studies, Environmental Studies
Secondary Subjects: Sociology

When filmmaker Andrew Beck Grace and his wife Rashmi return to their home state of Alabama, they decide to try living more simply. With both of their family histories populated by farmers, they set out to eat the way their grandparents did—seasonally and locally. They enlist a few friends, embarking on a journey to reconnect with food in ways the industrial agriculture system has broken apart. Referring to his grandfather’s experience leaving the farm in the 1940s, Grace engages with his own naïveté as he discovers that there are few farmers left in Alabama. Encountering the lives of these farmers—most of them struggling to make a living—the story shifts to the current realities of farming in the global economy: a farmer sued by Monsanto, a chicken grower raising over a million chickens a year by himself, as well as young farmers who have embraced sustainable practices and urban farming. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South, and sustainability, EATING ALABAMA is ultimately a story about why food matters.

Hosting a Community Screening...

Community Screenings are one-time screenings. The prices are based on projected audience size. Each Community Screening purchase includes the standard definition DVD of the film and a signed screening license to show the film once to the selected size group of people.

HOUSE PARTY KIT: 1-20 people in your own home

Suggested locations for hosting a Community Screening: Libraries, community halls, cafés, churches, or even barns. If the weather is nice, outside screenings are a great way to spend the evening. Bring EATING ALABAMA to a public space in your community and help spread the message and support the film!

Ticket sales or suggested donations are encouraged. We invite you to think of a Community Screening as a fundraising opportunity. CHECK OUT the Collective Eye Films blog for some useful fundraising tips. You are also, of course, welcome to screen the film for free once you purchase the license.

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Eliaichi Kimaro