Eating Alabama

A filmmaker turns the camera on himself as he and his wife upend their lives in pursuit of local food.

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PBS Plus Presentation
Premiere Date
July 1, 2013
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call

Andrew Beck Grace

Andrew Beck Grace is a documentary filmmaker based in Alabama. His 2012 film, Eating Alabama, was funded by ITVS, premiered at SXSW, played over 40 festivals worldwide, and aired nationally on PBS in July of 2013. The film was awarded Best Documentary by the James Beard Foundation. Grace’s film The Durrs of Montgomery won three regional Emmys, including Show more Best Historical Documentary. A short film, A Call from Selma, was co-produced with The New York Times as part of their Op-Docs series. He directs the Program in Nonfiction Storytelling at the University of Alabama and was recently named one of the “Most Creative Teachers in the South” by the Oxford American Magazine. He is working on a film about a man who was recently exonerated after 30 years on Alabama’s death row. Show less

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The Film

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 the time farmers densely populated their family histories. An essay on community, the South, and sustainability, Eating Alabama is a story about why food matters.