Southern Foodways Alliance is screening its long-form documentary, “Pride & Joy,” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the American Theater, 456 King St.
The film, directed by Joe York and produced by SFA director John T. Edge, celebrates the greater South’s gastronomic traditions and food cultures. A Q&A session with York and Edge will follow the screening, along with edibles prepared by local chefs.
Southern Foodways Alliance, which forged a new partnership with the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, is showing the movie for the first time in South Carolina as a preview to the festival, which kicks off on Thursday. Over the last decade, the Alliance has collected nearly 800 orla histories and produced more than 30 short films featuring pitmasters, fishermen and shrimpers, squirrel hunters, cattle and pig farmers and more. “Pride & Joy” is meant to introduce viewers to the ways in which food culture informs and exemplifies the region’s history and culture.
More than 20 people are profiled in the film — the artisans, cooks and farmers who sustain regional food traditions, Edge said.
“This is the first film that we’ve attempted that serves as a kind of census of southern foodways in this moment,” he said. “There is a lot of emphasis on reviving our Southern past. What this film attempts to do is say, ‘Appreciate this Southern present.’ ”
The “Pride & Joy” ticket package, which includes access to several festival events, is $600; tickets for the screening alone cost $100. For more information, visit charlestonwineandfood.com. To reserve a seat, click on “Events + Tickets.”