Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Westminster's Food Film Series begins Sept. 15

Westminster College's Environmental Center kicks off its first-ever Food Film Series beginning Sept. 15, 2011, with a screening of “FRESH.”

 All films in the series are free and open to the public and will take place on campus on the third Thursday in September, October and November, in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Auditorium. The Westminster campus is at 1840 S. 1300 East, Salt Lake City  (www.westminstercollege.edu)

“We are hosting our first-ever food series to share information with students and our community about food and current food issues,” explained Alizabeth Potucek, Westminster’s Organic Garden student coordinator. “We hope to start conversations and cultivate awareness about some current problems and ongoing solutions with our food system.”

Westminster’s new Food Film Series will include the following:

September 15, 7:30 p.m. 
Produced and directed by Ana Sofia Joanes, FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

October 20, 7:30 p.m. 
American food is in a state of crisis. Obesity and diabetes are on the rise, food costs are skyrocketing, family farms are in decline and our agricultural environment is in jeopardy. “Ingredients” explores a thriving local food movement as our world becomes a more flavorless, disconnected and dangerous place to eat. Discovering better flavor and nutrition, the film is a journey that reveals the people behind the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities. Westminster student Carson Chambers will also speak on the Real Food Challenge, a campaign to increase the procurement of real “local” food on college and university campuses.

November 17, 7:30 p.m.
The Greenhorns documentary film, completed after almost three years in production, explores the lives of America's young farming community - its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmaker's hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture - to embolden them, to entice them, and to recruit them into farming.

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