This week and next, The Belcourt Theater is showing a documentary called A Place at the Table. The film was released March 1, in selected theaters and on iTunes. The soundtrack was released on February 26, and is a 14-song collaboration between The Civil Wars and T-Bone Burnett.
About the movie:
From the producers who brought us Food, Inc. comes A Place at the Table, directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush. The documentary focuses on three individuals struggling with hunger issues in America – a single mother trying to provide for her kids; a fifth-grader who relies on friends and neighbors to feed her; and a second-grader whose health problems are exacerbated by the poor diet her mother can afford to feed her. The documentary also features insights and statistics from nutritionists, teachers, advocates, and ordinary citizens.
About the soundtrack:
The 14-song soundtrack is produced by Grammy award winning producer T-Bone Burnett, and features music by The Civil Wars. Burnett met The Civil Wars (Joy Williams and John Paul White) a few years ago, at the Americana Awards nominations ceremony. He wanted to find an opportunity to work with them, and they felt the same. When Burnett started talking to them about A Place at the Table, they both wanted to work on the project. Says John Paul White:
“It hit home extremely hard for me; as a very young husband and father, I was a part of the WIC and food stamps program. I don’t like to dwell much on the past, but I hate to think where I would be without those programs… I’m thrilled to have had a small part in a film that exposes and highlights a pervasive problem right here at home. I’m excited about the dialogue that it creates, and the improvement of the lives affected.”
For more details about the film, click here.
Check showtimes at The Belcourt’s website.