For weeks now, The Belcourt tells us they've been getting requests for the new food-desert documentary A Place at the Table — and sure enough, when we stopped by the theater yesterday, people were walking in off the street to buy tickets for tonight's 7:30 show. Maybe they saw directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Tuesday night. Or maybe they knew about the post-film discussion tonight featuring Sarah Johnson of Nashville Grown, Linnet Overton of Community Food Advocates, and veteran Nashville caterer and chef Martha Stamps.
Whatever the case, the doc starts a week's run tonight at The Belcourt. It co-stars Jeff Bridges, and in what's either genius programming or swell coincidence, the theater is showing the immortal The Big Lebowski at midnight tonight and Saturday. (Stay and have a White Russian. Unless you're one of those nihilists without an ethos.) Here's the synopsis for A Place at the Table from the theater's website, with ticket information here:
Produced by chef Tom Colicchio with music by T-Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars, this new documentary shows how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation and how it could be solved by making healthy food available and affordable. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.