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Project of the Day: ‘Eat White Dirt’

Project of the Day: 'Eat White Dirt'

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Eat White Dirt 

Tweetable Logline: A look at the bizarre, the beautiful, and the abiding relationship people have with a particular mineral found in the American South.

Elevator Pitch: Kaolin is a mineral found in the subsoil of the American South. The film reveals the white substance’s role as mythological medicine, its prehistoric origins, and its place in the ongoing narrative between what is dirty and what is clean. There has been a resurgence of the appearance of white dirt for sale in convenience stores and markets. This film investigates the sudden increase in demand for this white material as a culinary delicacy. Much of the research concerning geophagy, or earth-eating, is antiquated and “Eat White Dirt” is a modern exploration of this hidden, and often misunderstood, phenomenon.

Production Team: 
Adam Forrester – Director / Producer / Cinematographer
Palmer Wallace – Producer
Emily Wirt – Associate Producer
Jeff Jay – Editor

About the film: I once had a paper route and worked a lot with locally owned neighborhood convenience stores. In every store, I noticed Zip-Loc bags of what looked to be white rocks for sale, next to the register. I began to ask what this rock was for. “People eat it,” I was told. No one, not even the people eating it, could tell me why they felt so compelled to ingest pieces of earth. This act of eating dirt seemed like a mysterious yet beautiful concept, and as a filmmaker, I set out to discover its wonder.

Current Status: Fundraising for post-production – Color Correction, Licensing, Sound Design, Soundtrack Composition, Artwork Design, Marketing and PR.

For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page

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