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Good Food Festival Film Series: July Event

The second event in this summer’s Good Food Festival Film Series will explore the issue of food waste through two films that are lively and thoughtful and take viewers from dumpsters in Los Angeles to the fields of rural France.

Starting the evening will be a screening of DIVE! (55 minutes), which explores the staggering amount of food waste in the United States: By some estimates, 96 billion pounds of food are thrown away each year. In 1996 the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that recovering a mere 5% of wasted food could feed 4 million people a day. Current estimates suggest that less than 2.5% is being recovered, and yet the message from many of the major food producers and the USDA is that we need to increase production.

Following DIVE! will be a panel discussion with Timothy Vatterott, the film’s producer, Rick Nahmias, and Felicia Friesema.

Rick Nahmias is the founder and executive director of Food Forward, a locally-based gleaning organization that coordinates volunteer teams who harvest locally grown food and distribute it to food pantries and organizations who serve those in need. Since beginning their work in 2009, Food Forward volunteers have picked and distributed over 441,000 pounds of fruit.

Felicia Friesema not only covers the southern California food landscape for the L.A. Weekly, but has also expanded her role as an exceptional community resource as a newly-minted Master Food Preserver.

Lisa Lucas Talbot, chapter leader of Slow Food Los Angeles and Slow Food USA’s regional governor for southern California, will moderate the discussion about what individuals and organizations in our community are doing–and can do better–to reduce food waste in our community.

The evening will conclude with a special presentation of The Gleaners and I, Agnès Varda’s 2001 documentary about the centuries-old tradition of gleaning in France. (82 minutes; in French with English subtitles.) The film is not only an exploration of how gleaning practices have evolved, but what a society’s attitude toward gleaning–and the gleaners–may reveal.

When: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 beginning at 7:30pm
Where: The Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica
Cost: Tickets range from $7.00 to $11.00 and are available online or at the Aero Theatre box office.

Future events in this series will be held on Wednesday, August 10, and Wednesday, September 14, at the Aero Theatre. Films in the series are being selected by the Good Food Festival Film Committee (Lisa Lucas Talbot, Laura Avery, Marguerite Kenner, Susan Haymer, and Corinne Bourdeau) with the generous assistance of the staff of the American Cinematheque.

The inaugural Good Food Festival & Conference, launched as part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, will be held September 15 through 18 and will feature an extraordinary array of speakers, demonstrations, and events that will celebrate the bounty of our foodshed and consider the state of our food system.

We look forward to seeing Slow Food members and friends at the event on July 13! In the meantime, enjoy the trailer for DIVE!:

Dive! Trailer from Compeller Pictures on Vimeo.