Welcome to Film Bites, our weekly series of videos by renowned filmmaker Joe York, in partnership with the Southern Foodways Alliance, that dishes out the diverse culture of Southern foods. Come back next Monday for another sliver from our Southern silver screen.
From Monday through Saturday, Gene’s Bar-B-Que in Brinkley, Arkansas (about halfway between Memphis and Little Rock) offers a standard menu of barbecue and country cooking. But on Sunday evenings, owner Gene DePriest and his friends cook up a wild game supper. Locals and out-of-towners in the know show up with the spoils of their hunts, from local duck (the Arkansas Delta is a duck-hunting mecca), rabbit, and venison to more exotic fare like elk. Rex Nelson, who regularly makes the Sunday-evening trip to Gene’s from his home in Little Rock, is not entirely joking when he says that the menu is determined by “whatever they’ve shot, caught, or run over the previous week.”
Joe York has made more than 35 short films for the Southern Foodways Alliance. Look for his feature-length documentary Pride & Joy on public television in late 2013.