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For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release
The Arts Council
Contact:  Kevin Ledgewood
205-758-5195, x6


(Tuscaloosa) The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will present the screening of the award-winning film Eating Alabama on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. The documentary recently won "Best Alabama Feature" at the Sidewalk Film Festival. The director, Andrew Grace, is a Tuscaloosa based filmmaker and the Director of Documenting Justice at The University of Alabama.

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.

Eating Alabama had its world premiere at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. It has gone on to screen at the Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham, AL (Best Alabama Feature); Little Rock Film Festival, Little Rock, AR; Indie Grits Festival, Columbia, SC (Grand Jury Prize); Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, NC; and the Environmental Film Festival, Yale University. The film will be broadcast nationally on PBS in July of 2013.

Andrew Grace is a documentary filmmaker and native Alabamian. He is 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.

Admission to the screening is free and open to the public on first come first serve basis.

In advance of the screening is The Garden Party, a fundraiser for the nonprofit the Druid City Garden Project. The Garden Party is a local foods celebration featuring local farmers and restaurants at the L&N Station downtown. More details and tickets can be found at druidcitygardenproject.org/events.

For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre visit tuscarts.org<http://tuscarts.org> or follow the group on Facebook at “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and Twitter.  Call 205-758-5195 for further information.



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