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NEW RELEASES
> "BURGOO!
Legendary Stew of the South"
(1 hr PBS version)


"BURGOO!
A Southern Tradition"
(2 hr Original version)

THE WORKS


> BURGOO! New Release!
> BRUNSWICK STEW
(Virginia Tradition)
> BRUNSWICK STEW
(Georgia Tradition)
> BARBECUE and HOMECOOKING
> CAROLINA HASH:
A Taste of South Carolina
> COOPERATIVE GROCERY
> ERHARDT FIVE & DIME
> IT’S GRITS!
> HALLOWED GROUND:
Primitive Camp meetings
of the SC Low Country
> LORD HAVE MERCY!
OLGERS’ STORE
>

NOTHING TO PROVE:

Mac Arnold's Return to the Blues

> ROCKFISH MUDDLE
> SEEING INTO BEING:
The Scrap Iron Art of
Charlie Grimsley
> SOUTHERN ROUTES
(Five Volumes)
> SOUTHERN STEWS: Cooking for a Crowd (Five Volumes)
> SOUTHERN STEWS:
A Taste of the South
> STEWBILEE: A Brunswick
Stew Folk Heritage Festival
> THE MORRIS CHRONICLE
> THE OLGERS CHRONICLE
> THE SHEEP STEW OF DUNDAS
> WE JUST CALL IT “CUSH”

it's grits !  Collector's Edition   ... 30th ANNIVERSARY VERSION WITH BONUS FOOTAGE !

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it's grits! Collector's Edition

       30th Anniversary Version
The Southern Documentary Classic
By Stan Woodward

This new edition of the film, Digitally Re-mastered and Restored-to-Original- Quality Sound and Picture contains bonus footage shot in 2008 by the filmmaker for the celebration of the

30th Anniversary of it's grits!


Archival Preservation & Restoration made possible by

The National Endowment for the Arts Film Preservation Grant Program


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This all new Digitally Restored and Remastered Version contains "man-on-the-street" interviews shot by the filmmaker in 2008  "...to see whether the GRITS story is still alive and well."  And as you will see in the bonus footage at the end of the classic documentary - it is!   Also included are congratulations from "Friends of Grits!", including composer, Nat Irvin III.

With all the native wit, rib tickling humor and ability to see what makes the South the South found in the literary classics of Southern writers like Mark Twain, documentary filmmaker Stan Woodward helps us discover the common thread that connects the South’s people across all social, economic, political and racial boundaries – Grits!
“Grits is us” - or, if we are to be grammatically correct, “Grits are us” - could easily be the title of this uproariously funny and at the same time insightful and poignant personal documentary.

Woodward used what, at the time, was a highly unconventional camera style and interviewing technique – called “direct cinema” - a style of hand-held, spontaneous, first-person singular storytelling where the cameraman becomes an active participant and interlocutor for the story. Having learned this hand-held camera style from the New York filmmakers who invented the crystal synch system that freed the 16mm camera from the tripod in the 1960's, Stan uses the camera to initiate the interaction with folk as he moves his query into grits and its place within the culture of the South, we travel with him through the Southern cultural landscape catching people unrehearsed with a simple, story-unfolding question – “Excuse me…Do you eat Grits?” Then, with the surprise you come to expect as you are hurtled through this artist’s journey, the same question is posed on the streets of New York, leading to a wonderful creation of a grits souffle by New York Times food writer, Craig Claiborne.

A film that started out to be a 10 minute short became a 44 minute Southern documentary classic. It was shown in its first year over 100 times by the filmmaker throughout the South. It was the keynote film for the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the Museum of Natural History in N.Y. It won top honors in all the major non-theatrical film festivals when it first appeared in 1980. It is still shown today throughout the South in Museums, public libraries, schools and universities. However, in 2002 it was discovered that the 16mm printing elements for this Southern classic had deteriorated, leading to a campaign to preserve and restore the film. Patrons of the film classic contributed funds that enabled the NEA film preservation grant and the digital restoration of IT’S GRITS.

At the time of the film’s release in 1980, it received a national screening over PBS accompanied by the following review in the New York Times by film critic, John O’Connor, as well as words of praise from food editor, Craig Claiborne:

“An engaging, sometimes hilarious celebration of one of America’s most interesting and singular (or is it plural?) foods. This is a film to be taken seriously by anyone who cares about America’s culinary heritage.”
- Craig Claiborne, Food Editor, The New York Times

 

STILLS FROM IT'S GRITS!