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Feature length documentary shot in Beta
SP & 16mm Mastered to Digibeta; Available
in Digibeta, Beta SP, VHS, DVD

Total Running Time: 48:39/56:40 with
additional interviews // NTSC Color

Shot in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas,
Memphis, Kansas City and New York City
Original Film completed June 2001/Additional
footage October 2003.

Directed by David Bransten
Produced by Scott Stohler & Lolis Eric Elie
Cinematography by Rachel Libert
Music by Wycliffe Gordon
Smokestack Lightning:
A Day in the Life of Barbecue


A look at American culture, particularly that of the American South,
through the food tradition known as barbecue. Through ten subjects
from five different states, Smokestack Lightning explores the history
and tradition of this food from its rural beginnings to its present day
incarnation in large-scale commercial organizations.

Shot in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Kansas City and
Memphis the film explores the various traditions that comprise
the world of barbecue, including those of African-Americans,
Mexican Americans and European immigrants.


IndieMemphis Film Festival - 6/2001
RiverRun Film Festival - 8/2001
Breckenridge Festival of Film - 9/2001
IFFM - 10/2001
New Orleans Film and Video Festival - 10/2001
Savannah Film & Video Festival - 11/2001
Copia: The American Center for Food, Wine & the Arts - 11/2001
Crossroads Film Festival - 4/2002
Carolina Film & Video Festival - 4/2002
Dahlonega International Film Festival - June 2002
Slow Food Berkeley - 9/2002
Slow Food Napa - 3/2003
Big Apple Barbecue Block Party - 5/2003


Best Documentary - IndieMemphis Film Festival