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2009 Modesto Reel Food Film Festival

This year, the Modesto Reel Food Film Festival will once again present short contemporary international movies about food, food production, farming, cooking, eating, and enjoying food. A joint project of the Modesto Film Society, the State Theatre, and the Modesto Art Museum, this is the only annual food film festival in California, and one of six world-wide. If your schedule allows a Sunday in Modesto, see the details below:

When: Sunday, September 27, 2009. Reception begins at 2:00pm; program begins at 3:00pm.
Where: The State Theatre, 1307 J Street, Modesto, California
Cost: $10.00 per person, which includes admission to both the movies and the reception.
Tickets: Purchase tickets by calling 209.527.4697, by visiting The State Theatre box office Monday through Friday between noon and 3:00pm, at the Festival, or via The State Theatre’s website.

Official selections for 2009 (in alphabetical order) are: Asparagus: A Stalk umentary by Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare, Every Third Bite by The Meerkat Media Collective, Film from My Parish – 6 Farms by Tony Donoghue, Hamburger America by George Motz, On the Trail with Miss Snail Pail by Greg Young, The Chef’s Letter by Sybil H. Mair, Viva La Food by Raphael Hitzke, and What a Freegan Waste by Craig Rook.


Asparagus: A Stalk umentary by Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare, United States of America
We set out to make a film about the self-proclaimed Asparagus Capital of the Nation, the tiny rural community in western Michigan where Kirsten grew up in the 1970s and 80s. As the daughter of an asparagus farmer, Kirsten spent her childhood working on the farm and was a proud member of the pre-teen asparagus dance troupe The Oceana Stalkers. (5:57 minutes) Winner of the Good Food Award.

Every Third Bite by The Meerkat Media Collective, United States of America
Two years ago, honeybees started to disappear. About one in every three colonies left their hives but never came home. We set out to discover what was plaguing these hives and learned how noncommercial beekeepers care for and keep healthy bees alive. (8:53 minutes) Winner of the Good Food Award.

Film from My Parish – 6 Farms by Tony Donoghue, Ireland
Shot in Tipperary, Ireland, this movie portrays six farms from one parish that are as far from modern industrial agriculture as possible. They are rooted in a time when tea towels, tablecloths and even sheets were hand-sewn from flour bags and when it was customary for geese to nest in the bottom of kitchen hutches. In keeping with the sustainability of old-fashioned farms, Donoghue used green techniques, shooting in natural light, using minimal equipment, and traveling by bike. (7 minutes)

Hamburger America by George Motz, United States of America
Hamburger America is a documentary film that tells the story of deliciously unique hamburger locations across the country and the people behind the burgers. Each restaurant featured in the film has been around for more than forty years, uses only fresh meat, and in many cases can boast the fact that ownership has stayed within the same family. This movie will leave you wanting to hit the road to find the best burgers in the country. (28 minutes)

On the Trail with Miss Snail Pail by Greg Young, United States of America
Colleen Flanigan, aka Miss Snail Pail, has developed a career path that allows her to combine her artistic talents, stroll beautiful gardens, and put food on the table. Colleen is a snail abatement specialist and is passionate about our planet’s future. Come along as she gathers, grinds, cooks, and creates, and in the process gain respect for the small gastropod and the woman who puts them in her pail. (12 minutes) California Premiere!

The Chef’s Letter by Sybil H. Mair, United Kingdom
Rob is married and has a little girl he adores. A successful chef, he lives his life as he runs his kitchen, but his familiar regime of order and control is shaken when unexpectedly he falls in love with one of his staff. Today he decides to make his feelings known, and so he writes the letter that could overturn his ordered life forever. (14 minutes) Honorable Mention, 2009 International Festival of Cinema & Technology, Best Impact of Music in a Short Film, Jury Choice, Silver Medal for Excellence, 2009 Park City Film Music Festival

Viva La Food by Raphael Hitzke, United States of America
A fun and mouthwatering portrait of two French chefs who have settled in Sacramento, California. The movie explores their philosophy of food and their style of cooking. We hear from their customers about what brings them to these restaurants instead of going to a chain. (13 minutes)

What a Freegan Waste by Craig Rook, United Kingdom
What is a Freegan and why are so many of them popping up all over the place? A short documentary exploring an alternative way of recycling. (26 minutes) United States Premiere!

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