Talk about ambitious. The latest project of filmmaker Joe York and director John T. Edge of the Southern Foodways Alliance is a feature-length film that aims to capture the soul and story of Southern food, a big topic that York tells Vanessa Gregory of The Atlantic, is “way bigger than anything we’ve done.”

He has a $50,000 budget and a year’s time to make Southern Food: The Movie, which will reportedly feature Charleston chef, Sean Brock.

From The Atlantic:

He’s aiming for a cinematic summation of today’s Southern foods, from a seed saver in Kentucky to such chefs as Hugh Acheson and Sean Brock, who are reinventing traditions through high-end food.

Of course, the big challenge — as Gregory so astutely points out — is that the South is hardly a homogeneous place, and Southern food is as varied as the region. Which should make for one interesting movie.

For an idea of York’s documentary style, check out his short films on the SFA website (and definitely watch the Smoke and Ears one. It will totally make you want a pig ear sandwich.)

For more information and updates, stay tuned to the SFA blog and the Media and Documentary Projects Blog at the University of Mississippi.

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