First, allow me to feed the hand that feeds me.
Last year SnagFilms bought indieWIRE, the host of my blog, Week of Wonders. While doing research for this post, I found that one of the best films I've seen on the subject, The Future of Food, is now in the SnagFilms library! Very exciting! I highly recommend it. Deborah Koons Garcia (widow of Jerry) looks beyond the dinner table to the corporate sources of the food supply, and then offers alternatives. Here is the film:
Also on Snag are Supersize Me wherein filmmaker Morgan Spurlock eats only at McDonald's for a month, and Peter Jennings Reporting: How to Get Fat Without Really Trying which I haven't seen, but sounds intriguing.
From my call-out to filmmakers to send word of their related work, I heard from Nina Gilden Seavey whose award-winning A Short History of Sweet Potato Pie and How It Became a A Flying Saucer has played in several festivals. Seavey says, "It comes at the issue of food, creativity, and aging from a very unique perspective." The film continues to screen at food film festivals and African American film festivals, as well as cultural and comedy events.
I haven't seen Food Fight by Chris Taylor, but the film's website has lots of links to great organizations.
I really enjoyed Taggert Siegel's The Real Dirt about Farmer John when it was released. Check out that website, too.
On a personal note, I celebrated my birthday a couple of weeks ago with a multi-course banquet at the Blue Hill farm-to-table restaurant on Stone Barns Farm. (You may recall that I visted the farm last summer.) Every meal is personalized based on your tastes, allergies, etc. and the ingredients come directly from the surrounding farm or local suppliers. That night, the waitstaff was particularly proud of their winter-harvested beets because of the sugars that concentrate at this time of year. My favorite courses included the sunchoke soup and the gnocchi with wild mushrooms and ice spinach, along with a dessert accompaniment of chocolate-mint herbal tea.
Eating local/ organic/ or homemade feels more like self-improvement or even indulgence than it does changing the world. What a simple way to start taking action! Demand it, buy it, serve it, and talk it up. The films I've recommended are an inspiration to get informed and then get involved.
Next Topic: Safe and clean WATER
CALL OUT TO FILMMAKERS: Please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're working on a film or have one finished on the topic of WATER, so I can include it in the next post.