Philoxenia is a short documentary highlighting the synergy between the Greek notion of philoxenia (“friend of the stranger”) and Southern hospitality, as expressed through Birmingham, Alabama’s Greek-owned restaurants. The film features six local favorite restaurants, two historians and, of course, a lot of mouthwatering dishes.

  • Jessica Chriesman
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 6, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    6,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Southern Foodways Alliance Spring Symposium
    Oxford, MS / Birmingham, AL / Virtual
    United States
    March 14, 2021
    World Premiere
  • Sidewalk Film Festival
    Birmingham, AL
    United States
    August 29, 2021
    Alabama Premiere
  • World Food Forum
    October 1, 2021
    Excellence in Filmmaking - Short Film
  • George Lindsey UNA Film Festival
    Florence, AL
    United States
    March 3, 2022
  • Social Impact Film Festival
    April 1, 2022
  • Greek International Film Festival Tour of Canada
    Regina, Saskatchewan
    September 30, 2022
    Canadian Premeire
  • Fairhope Film Festival
    Fairhope, Alabama
    United States
    November 12, 2022
    Best Short Documentary
  • Montgomery Film Festival
    Montgomery, Alabama
    United States
    November 19, 2022
  • Boone Docs
    Boone, NC
    United States
    February 25, 2023
    North Carolina Premiere
  • Calcasieu Parish Short Film Festival
    Sulphur, LA
    United States
    May 20, 2023
    Louisiana Premiere
    Best Documentary
  • Foothills Film Festival
    Shelby, NC
    United States
    September 2, 2023
    Award for Excellence in Documentary
Director Biography - Jessica Chriesman

Jessica Chriesman is a filmmaker based in Birmingham, Alabama. The daughter of a journalist and a librarian, she learned to craft a story at an early age. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Filmmaking and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she made a variety of films. Since 2015, she has had the privilege of participating in film festivals across the United States including Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, and Vermont. In 2019, she was a finalist in Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Pitch Competition. As an independent filmmaker, she uses her skills and talents to direct, produce, write, shoot, and edit her own work and tell the stories of clients across the south.

Compelled by stories of people and places, in her budding career Jessica has focused on telling Southern stories through the lenses of food & culture, social justice & history, and nonprofit organizations & the populations they serve.

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