Brian Gordon and Julie Alexander
During our eight years living in Nashville we fell in love with the rich variety of the American South – its seemingly endless variety of cultures, accents, music, food, geography, weather and, yes, its proportionally high number of truly eccentric, genuine characters. We created the Grits ‘n’ Gravy programme in 2010 to celebrate, explore and share this culture as seen through the eyes of American independent filmmakers. We are delighted to work with the wonderful EEFF team once again to share this variety with you.
In this year’s Grits ‘n’ Gravy you will experience a New Year Eve’s bash that hilariously goes awry for ten Alabama good ol’ boys in LIMO RIDE. In HOLY GHOST PEOPLE you will be taken to the hills of Tennessee where a young woman in search of her missing sister ends up at a charismatic Christian cult encampment led by a minister with very ulterior motives.
And of course there’s the music. We are very pleased to present the UK premieres of two music documentaries that have been accumulating awards on the US Film Festival circuit: THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC!, a rich portrait of Polish emigre Chris Strachwitz, who for over 50 years has been discovering and issuing great American music
(Lightnin’ Hopkins, Clifton Chenier, Mance Lispcomb, Flaco Jimenez, Marc Savoy, etc.) via his indispensable Arhoolie record label.
And you will experience the ever winding trail of country music that began with the Carter Family in THE WINDING STREAM, which follows the fabled trio and their legacy that has immensely influenced and nurtured Johnny Cash (seen here in one of his very last interviews), his daughter Roseanne and many other artists. We hope Grits ‘n’ Gravy provides you with a unique sense of place, formed by not only by the land but the unique “southern-ness” of the characters, good and bad, fictional and real. You will go beyond the big cities and usual tourist destinations to churches, juke joints, backyards, barbecues, roadsides, and lots of other places, so enjoy the ride, y’all!
Grits ‘n’ Gravy is organised by film festival veteran Brian Gordon and theatre director Julie Alexander. Gordon grew up in Cincinnati across the Ohio River from the South’s northernmost border and served as the Artistic Director at the Nashville Film Festival. Alabama born, California raised Alexander is a documentary filmmaker who also headed a theater company in Nashville.
Check this year’s programme here.