Flatirons Food Film Festival

Short Films: Keepers of Black American Food Culture

Expired February 6, 2021 6:59 AM
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Introduction by Melissa Booth Hall, Managing Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance

Keepers of Black American Food Culture is a selection of short films from the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA). Based out of the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, SFA serves as progressive and inclusive catalysts for the greater South, documenting and studying important vessels of diverse food cultures in the form of films and podcasts to student projects.

Celebrate Black History Month with us with a series of stories that feature the great feasts and flavors of seven Black American culinary personalities. The seven films shine as examples of the hard work put forth in both preserving and inspiring Black American food culture. After the films, Adrian Miller, subject of Table of Ideas, will discuss the collection with Filmmaker Joe York, who directed many of the films.

For live viewers:

  • 6:30 pm Program begins/ Introduction
  • 6:40 pm Short films
  • 7:20-7:50 pm Live Discussion with Q&A

Those watching after the live events have occurred may do so at their convenience. A recording of the live discussion will be available to begin streaming until midnight on February 5th.

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  • R Gallery in Boulder is showing an in-person and online exhibit of art by Colorado artists inspired by Festival films.

 Denver-born Adrian Miller has become a spokesman for African American cuisine. Or if you ask him, he’s a “soul food scholar dropping knowledge like hot biscuits”. Law student-turned-author, Miller tracks the movement of people through food from his own ancestors in West Africa to hidden gems and hotspots alike that dot the South from Tennessee to South Carolina; including research of fellow short film subject, Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ. His tribute to African American cooking is achieved in the award-winning books, “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time,” “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas,” and the upcoming “Black Smoke: African American Adventures in Barbecue.”

  • Year
  • Runtime
    7 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Filmmaker
    Joe York