Sidewalk Film Festival 2012: Eating Alabama...

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     The sky was steel grey and every few minutes let loose with a smattering of large, sparse raindrops. Yet despite the threat of the storm, the line of people beneath the lighted billboard of the historic Alabama Theater on 3rd Avenue North in the theatre district of downtown Birmingham continued to lengthen, extending down the sidewalk and wrapping around the last building on the corner.      Fittingly, they were all hungry – hungry for a taste of one of the most talked about documentary films of the 2012 Sidewalk Film Festival – Eating Alabama, a project directed by filmmaker and University of Alabama Documentary film professor Andrew Beck Grace, about ten minutes away from making its statewide premiere.      According to their event pamphlet, the Sidewalk Film Festival “is an annual production of...

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Fried Green Tomatoes

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Fried Green Tomatoes Ingredients 3-4 green tomatoes (depends on how hungry you are!)buttermilkcornmeal vegetable oil for frying Procedure  Cut tomatoes in slices, about 1/2 inch thick. Place buttermilk and cornmeal in two separate shallow dishes. Dip each tomato slice in the buttermilk, then dredge with cornmeal. Fill an iron skillet about 1/4 inch with vegetable oil. Fry tomatoes until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each...

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Garlic-Basil Shrimp

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Garlic-Basil Shrimp(modified from Martha Stewart Living) Ingredients 1 lb shrimp, peeled1 giant clove of elephant garlic (or 3-5 regular garlic cloves), chopped2 Tbsp. olive oil1/3 c. freshly torn basil1/2 tsp. coarse salt1 tsp. freshly ground pepper1 tsp. honey Procedure Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until just beginning to brown (less than 5 min). Add shrimp and cook until opaque, stirring frequently. Stir in salt, pepper, honey, and...

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Revival of an American Storyteller: My Walk with Kathryn Tucker Windham...

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     They came from an era vastly different from our own.      In medieval times, people combined stories, poetry, music, and dance as a form of entertainment. The ones who excelled at this practice were revered and respected, often reaping the greatest benefits of their talents as honored members of royal courts. The people called them troubadours or minstrels, and women held these roles just as frequently as men.      They journeyed from land to land gathering news and learning favorite tales of the regions. Often they developed their own stories but sometimes… sometimes, they took bits and pieces of other people’s tales and adventures and embellished them with their own. It is said that good storytellers have the ability to hold an audience in the palm of their hand, observing their reactions and...

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Mustang Oil

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     If you follow AL-69 South out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, you’ll pass through small towns peppered with both weathered structures that have seen better days and more modern erected homes and businesses. On weekends you’ll see a lively flea market on the outskirts of Moundville and various family yard sales. South Central Alabama is a place with a colorful past, stained by the hardship of the depression and the unrest of the Civil Rights era, yet now thriving with life from a people who share a mutual love of the land and a quiet acceptance of the memories – both tragic and triumphant – that shaped the area into what it is today.      Less than 40 miles along this stretch of highway is a town with a population just under 5,000 called Greensboro,...

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