Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (Music By Prudence; Life, Animated) has partnered with Craig Piligian‘s Lionsgate-backed prodco Pilgrim Media Group to develop a docuseries set to document the African diaspora from a culinary perspective.
Titled High on the Hog, the series will chronicle the story of a people’s survival and triumph via the food that has impacted the American palate, and helped shape the country’s relationship with food, music, art and culture. It will incorporate pivotal moments in the history of African Americans by touching upon enslavement, emancipation, the Harlem Renaissance, the march for Civil Rights, to the present day.
The multi-part series will be based on award-winning food historian and author Dr. Jessica B. Harris’ book High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, published in 2011 by Bloomsbury.
High on the Hog was conceived by Williams (pictured left), Piligian (right) and producers Karis Jagger and Fabienne Toback, who initially optioned the book and brought the project to Pilgrim.
Williams and his producing partner Geoff Martz executive produce High on the Hog via Roger Ross Williams Productions. Piligian and Sarba Das, VP of documentaries, executive produce for Pilgrim Media Group alongside producers Karis Jagger and Fabienne Toback.
“We see this series as part of empowerment cinema, as it introduces us to people deeply woven into the fabric of our nation’s food, whose story needs a deeper telling. Ultimately, this is not just an African American story; it’s an American story,” said Jagger and Toback, in a joint statement.
“All of us at Pilgrim are honored to work with Roger Ross Williams, whose artistry and vision will bring to this series the depth and gravitas it warrants; and Karis and Fabienne, who embody the spirit of this inspiring project. We are eager to share our collaborative creative with the marketplace,” added Piligian.