Monday, November 25, 2013

Southern Foodways Alliance Documentary Pride and Joy Airs on WNPT on Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 9:11 AM

One of the loveliest tributes to John Egerton last week came from John T. Edge, the executive director of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Edge's New York Times piece was apt because the SFA might not have ever been formed and indeed wouldn't have been the same without the influence of Egerton, who was one of the organization's founders.

One important initiative the SFA undertakes is filmmaker Joe York's series of short documentaries that share the stories of the people who help to preserve the foodways of the South. They have organized most of them here at the SFA website if you'd like to while away an afternoon being entertained.

Last year, York compiled a feature-length film from many of the short pieces and some new footage to produce Pride and Joy, a great survey of his and the SFA's work. I was fortunate enough to watch a screening last year, and it is full of some of my favorite characters in the Southern food universe. The film is now being syndicated around PBS stations, and our local WNPT affiliate has scheduled a broadcast this Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m.

Above is a trailer to give you a taste.

The film is described as "an examination of Southern foodways, including how traditional foodways endure; and how regional foodways may change due to America's increasing ethnic and racial diversity."

That sounds like a description of John Egerton's passions and befits his involvement with the SFA. York also cut together a short clip of some of Egerton's comments that he shot while filming Pride and Joy, which you can watch on the SFA website.

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