A Short History of Sweet Potato Pie and How It Became a Flying Saucer

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Here is the true story of Pearl Mallory who works as a cook at the St. Mary's Court Retirement Home in Washington, DC. Hailing from rural Virginia, Pearl is one of eight children borne of the sons and daughters of slaves, Now, at the age of 82, she has lived nearly her entire life in kitchens cooking for senior citizens. But Pearl's cuisine is not the traditional beige and grey offerings normally found in the institutional walls of old people's homes. Her specialty - Sweet Potato Pie. Mixed into the sweet cream, orange fruit, and exotic spices of Pearl's concoction is her inextricable connection with her tangled Southern roots and with her unyielding devotion to the Lord. She creates an irresistible and magical potion. With it's rich perfume, earthy taste, and silken luster, Pearl's Sweet Potato Pie inspires the most extraordinary and unexpected effect on the normally sober and otherwise staid residents of St. Mary's Home. A Short History of Sweet Potato Pie and How It Became a Flying Saucer is all the evidence you need to know that “You are what you eat.”

Cast

Roz Freund
Pearl Mallory
Minister Maggie

Crew

Director: Nina Gilden Seavey
Producers: Nina Gilden Seavey and Ernie Crow
Director of Photography: Erich Roland
Editor: Ian Rummer
Sound Design and Sound Mix: Cheryl Ottenritter

Awards

Audience Award, DC Shorts Film Festival, 2006
Best Documentary, Fargo Film Festival, 2006
Nominee – IDA Distinguished Achievement in a Documentary Short, International Documentary Association, 2006

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