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It’s Grits! Film Screening with Director Stan Woodward Jan. 19

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It’s Grits! Screening with Filmmaker Stan Woodward
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
5 p.m. Reception | 5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Program
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll , Friends of the Library, (919) 962-4207

Filmmaker Stan Woodward will present his documentary classic It’s Grits! on Jan. 19 in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of the Wilson Special Collections Library. A discussion with Woodward will follow a screening of the film.

It’s Grits! explores the South through one of the region’s most distinctive foods. Woodward discovers in grits a common thread that connects Southerners across social, economic, political, and racial boundaries.

The film, which premiered in 1980, has been re-mastered and restored in a 30th-anniversary edition. Additional footage from 2008 confirms the enduring appeal of grits.

When the film aired on PBS in 1980, the New York Times called it “a passionate and amusing testimonial to that hardy staple of Southern cuisine.” Among Woodward’s interviewees was Craig Claiborne, food critic for the Times and a native of Sunflower, Miss., who prepares a grits soufflé on camera.

Woodward, one of South Carolina’s first independent filmmakers, seeks to capture last-generation folklife traditions and communities in the South, with special attention to foodways. His other food-related works include films about Brunswick stew, barbecue, and hash.

The screening of It’s Grits! and discussion with Woodward are sponsored by the Southern Folklife Collection in Wilson Library.

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