Food on Film: A series of movies to whet your appetite … and the activist in you.
Slow Food St. Louis, a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and supporting food traditions, is pleased to announce Food on Film, a series of films that will not only whet your appetite for local, sustainable food, but will bring out the activist in you as well. All films will be screened on the fourth Monday of the month at Schlafly Bottleworks
in Maplewood at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00). The cost of each film is a suggested donation of $5.00. Proceeds benefit Slow Food St. Louis’ Small Farm Micro Biodiversity Grant
, which has given $47,000 to local farmers. Food on Film Series is sponsored by: Chipotle Mexican Grill* and Schlafly Beer.
Barbie Izquierdo and kids in A PLACE AT THE TABLE, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
JUNE 24 – A Place at the Table (2012) – 84 min.
From the people who brought you Food, Inc. – A Place at the Table
shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implication for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides, as they have in the past, that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.
JULY 22 – In Organic We Trust, (2013) – 81 min.
Most Americans now purchase organic food in some form, but don’t know what “organic” really means. In Organic We Trust
follows filmmaker Kip Pastor on a journey to answer the essential questions about organic: What exactly is certified organic? Is it really better for us, or just marketing hype? Is organic the key to transforming our food system?
AUGUST 26 – American Meat, (2012) – 85 min.
is a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog and cattle production in America. Beginning with a history of our current industrial system, the feedlots and confinement operations are unveiled, not through hidden cameras, but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there the story shifts of Polyface Farms, where the Salatin family has developed an alternative agricultural model based on rotational grazing and local distribution. Nationwide, a local food movement of farmers, chefs, and everyday people has taken root… But could it ever feed us all?
SEPTEMBER 23 – Food Stamped (2011) – 62 min
is a documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system.
OCTOBER 28 – Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives (2012) – 85 min.
You won’t look at food the same way again. Genetic Roulette
exposes the dirt behind Big-Biotech’s big failed experiment. Awarded Solari Best Film of the Year, 2012. Never before seen evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problem implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.
***CANCELED** — NOVEMBER 25 – Growing Cities, (2013)
is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.
*About our 2013 program sponsor, Chipotle Mexican Grill:
Steve Ellis, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that – where possible – are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. A similarly focused people culture, with an emphasis on identifying and empowering top performing employees, enables us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 1,400 restaurants. For more information visit Chipotle.com.