Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Food Films Hit the Big Screen, Inspire Action

Food is on the minds of many filmmakers these days, and we want to call attention to a few making recent headlines.

Slow Food Katy Trail hopes to host a food film festival sometime this year (when we get some of our other big projects behind us), but if you get a chance to see these meanwhile, please take advantage of the opportunity.

Many of us were enlightened by the sneak preview of "Food Inc." at the True/False Film Festival in February, but it is opening nationwide this month. Don't miss it; it will change forever how you think about food. For more info, visit: www.foodincmovie.com/

Here's another one that should be of interest to all. Info is from the Epicurious Website:

Are We Running Out of Fish? New Movie Tackles the Issue

by James Oliver Cury
on 06/02/09 at 05:48 PM

The Movie: The End of the Line
The Thesis: We've eaten all the fish. All gone by 2048.
(Officially: "The World's First Documentary About the Devastating Effect of Overfishing"
In Theaters: World Ocean Day, June 8, 2009
The Book: The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat by Charles Clover


Finally, we've been hearing some buzz about "Fresh." I haven't seen it, but food writer Lauren Salkeld had this to say last week about it:

Food Film: New Movie Challenges You to Think about What You're Eating

Last night I attended a screening and panel discussion for "Fresh," Ana Sofia Joanes's excellent new film about our food system. "Fresh" examines the many problems caused by the industrialization of the food system (think mad cow, obesity, pollution) and features individuals attempting to re-invent the way we produce and eat food, including Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food; Joel Salatin, founder of Virginia's Polyface Farm and author of several books on sustainable farming; and Will Allen, founder of Growing Power, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization working to provide equal access to high-quality, affordable food in urban communities. (Allen is also a 2008 MacArthur fellow.)

At the risk of sounding preachy, I want to encourage everyone to see this film. If you're not familiar with these issues, "Fresh" is a great introduction to the movement. And, even if you've already read The Omnivore's Dilemma and feel like you know everything there is to know about industrial food, I think the individuals and organizations featured in "Fresh" will re-inspire you to take action with your food dollars and maybe even do something more. Check the "Fresh" Web site for a list of additional screenings and panel discussions being held in early June.

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