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Food Film Series

Food Film series will feature a variety a films focused on food issues. The series will include recent award-winning documentaries highlighting the central place of food in our lives. A different film will be shown each month (e.g., every second Thursday) in a campus venue. Screenings will be followed by an open discussion, which will feature a guest of honor or a panel of experts to discuss the main theme. Discussants will include faculty members as well as community stakeholders, who will share their opinions and experiences on the selected topic with the audience and entertain questions. Potential films to be shown include:

 

 CAFETERIA MAN (2011);

Cafeteria Man movie cover

*image obtained from IMDb

Cafeteria Man is a story of positive movement that shows what's possible in our nation's schools. It’s about the aspiration of activists and citizens coming together to change the way kids eat at school. It’s about overhauling a dysfunctional nutritional system. And, it’s the story of what it takes, and who it takes, to make solutions happen.

 

 *summary obtained from http://www.cafeteriaman.com/synopsis

 SPINNING PLATES (2012);

three forks with food

*image obtained from El Septimo Arte

Spinning Plates is a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh-best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 *summary obtained from http://www.imdb.com

 FORKS OVER KNIVES (2012);

forks over knives movie cover

*image obtained from therawlifestyle.com

 

FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called "diseases of affluence" that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional scientist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic. 


 *summary obtained from www.imdb.com

 JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (2011);

Jiro dreams of sushi movie cover

*image obtained from IMDb 

In the basement of a Tokyo office building, 85 year old sushi master Jiro Ono works tirelessly in his world renowned restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro. As his son Yoshikazu faces the pressures of stepping into his father's shoes and taking over the legendary restaurant, Jiro relentlessly pursues his lifelong quest to create the perfect piece of sushi.  

 

 


 *summary obtained from www.imdb.com

 A PLACE AT THE TABLE (2013);

a place at the table movie cover

*image obtained from IMDb 

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity. 

 

 

 


 *summary obtained from participant media

 

THE HARVEST–

LA COSECHA (2010)

the harvest movie cover

*image obtained from Wikipedia

 

 

The Harvest/La Cosecha an earnest documentary about child migrant farmworkers in the United States, has a muckraking agenda but a melancholy soul. As it follows a 16-year-old boy and two girls, 12 and 14, through one harvest cycle, it depicts their lives as a more or less voluntary indentured servitude and provides a detailed, sometimes heartbreaking, mostly hopeless portrait of a permanent American underclass.

 

 


 *summary obtain from The New York Times

 

GMO - OMG (2013);

GMO OMG Documentary

 *image obtained from gmofilm.com 

In America, size matters. The bigger you are, the more power you have, especially in the business world.

Director Anat Baron takes you on a no holds barred exploration of the U.S. beer industry that ultimately reveals the truth behind the label of your favorite beer. Told from an insider’s perspective, the film goes behind the scenes of the daily battles and all out wars that dominate one of America’s favorite industries.

- See more at: http://beerwarsmovie.com/about/synopsis/#sthash.fpNJcsjf.dpuf

In America, size matters. The bigger you are, the more power you have, especially in the business world.

Director Anat Baron takes you on a no holds barred exploration of the U.S. beer industry that ultimately reveals the truth behind the label of your favorite beer. Told from an insider’s perspective, the film goes behind the scenes of the daily battles and all out wars that dominate one of America’s favorite industries.

- See more at: http://beerwarsmovie.com/about/synopsis/#sthash.fpNJcsjf.dpuf

GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate? 

 *summary obtained from gmofilm.com

 

Food Film Series Events:

Dates: September 2014 - May 2015

 

Faculty Leaders: 


Pascale Joassart-Marcelli

Associate Professor, Geography

 

Fernando Bosco
Professor of Geography

Event Details:

Every last Thursday of the month we will be showing one of the films below on the following dates:

 

September 25
October 23
November 20
January 29
February 26
March 26
April 23

 

 

CAFETERIA MAN (2011);

Date: Thursday September 25

Time: 7:00pm

Location:  Storm Hall West 12

 

SPINNING PLATES (2012);

Date: Thursday October 23

Time: 7:00pm

Location:  Storm Hall West 12

 

 

FORKS OVER KNIVES (2012);

Date: Thursday November 20

Time: 7:00pm

Location:  Storm Hall West 12

 

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (2011);

Date: Thursday January 29

Time: 7:00pm

Location:  Scripps Cottage

 

A PLACE AT THE TABLE (2013);

Date: Thursday February 26

Time: 7:00pm

Location:  Scripps Cottage

 

THE HARVEST – LA COSECHA (2010)

Date: Thursday March 26

Time: 7:00pm

Location:  Scripps Cottage

 

GMO – OMG (2013)

Date: Thursday April 23

Time: 7:00pm

Location:  Scripps Cottage