The Last Morning was a Sweet One
Alix Blair


TCF, USA, 2013
Animals, Appetite, Environment, Experimental, Food
02 56


A short story in sounds of our food's start to finish, from morning to night (though not necessarily in the same day!) 

The Last Morning was a Sweet One, produced by Alix Blair, was one of five stories chosen (from 250 submissions) as a winner in the 2013 ShortDocs Challenge (SDC).

A collaboration with the James Beard Foundation, the SDC invited anyone and everyone to produce a short audio story inspired by "appetite," presented in three courses, and featuring one of the five tastes in the title: bitter, salty, sour, sweet, umami.

Hear the four other winners and all of this year's SDC submissions, in our Radio Potluck. Read comments left by listeners who voted for The Last Morning was a Sweet One for the 2013 People's ShortDoc Award, Behind the Scenes.


Alix Blair is an independent audio producer, photographer, documentary filmmaker in-the-process, and yoga teacher. Perhaps right now she is making dinner for friends, growing fig trees on her back porch, and thinking of new stories to tell.


Hungry for more? Listen to other submissions from the 2013 ShortDocs Challenge, our collaboration with the James Beard Foundation that invited anyone / everyone to produce short audio stories inspired by the theme of appetite, told in three “courses,” and including one of the five tastes in the title: bitter, salty, sour, sweet or umami.

BEHIND THE SCENES with The Last Morning was a Sweet One

The Last Morning was a Sweet One was one of eight finalists nominated for the 2013 People's ShortDoc Award. Here's what some of the listeners who voted for it had to say about the story:

- The scenes are evocative, sharp and clear even on the first listen. It's masterful.

- I found the omission of words in "telling" this story so creative. Despite the absence of words to navigate the listener through this narrative, there was something elemental and visceral evoked by the ground being crunched underfoot, frying of grease in the pan, scraping of eating utensils against the plate

- Although it's the most straightforward story in the group, there's an odd suggestiveness in the use of sound. Or maybe it's the sense of restraint, the absence of explanation or commentary. Of course you can identify the key elements -- snorting, gunshot, silence, sawing, frying, eating -- and you know exactly where it's going, but half the sounds feel more like time passing than anything literal

- It's amazing how much you can divine from pure sound, no hand-holding narration to point the way. And even when it's not completely clear what's going on, it's still interesting, just letting the aural sensations wash over you, like watching a Terrence Malick movie... Tough subject, important story, handled in a daring way, it really worked for me


Not MY food. Disgusting.
Posted by Andrea from Chicago at 07/26/2013
Love this. Tells a story without a word. Simply lovely.
Posted by Mia Lobel from Red Hook, NY at 06/07/2013