Thursday, September 18, 2008

Southern Circuit Independent Film Tour Day 3 Manship Theater

It was quite a drive six and half hours across Alabama and parts of Louisiana to make it to the Manship Theater screening at the Manship Theater. The countryside was beautiful especially as I got closer to the Gulf.

I was amazed that 107 people turned out for the screening, discussion and reception at one of most beautiful new theaters in the US. Executive Director Janie Oldfield and Paige Heurtin
Director of Finance and Operations explained to me over a dinner of crab cakes, rice and red beans and a margarita how the Shaw Center where the theater is had opened just before Katrina. Gustav and Ike did some damage to beautiful glass facade of the building and to the town itself.

That made it even more surprising that so many folks came out for the screening. We had local organic farmers, faculty and students from LSU's agriculture program and just plain citizens interested in agriculture, sustainbility and the foods we eat.

The reception that followed the screening and discussion featured fresh vegetables and other treats from Whole Foods. The picture posted with this blog was shot by Sharon Sharpe and features yours truly in black, Libby Quintana of Whole Foods, Janie Oldfield, the theater manager, Paige Heurtin and her husband Frederick Huertin who is a chef who teaches folks how to cook fresh and seasonal cuisine.