Beginning in January 2017, the Meeting Room where we screen our film series will not be available for a few months because of renovation on the second floor. We look forward to seeing you in April!

January 2017: No Screening

February 2017: No Screening

March 2017: No Screening

April: Soul Food Junkies

April 11, 2017

Filmmaker Byron Hurt grew up eating lots of soul food: grits and scrambled eggs covered with cheese, buttered biscuits with gravy, bacon, and other fatty foods.

Soul food is a source of pride for many black people and can be good for you. But when it is cooked with lots of fat, sugar, and salt it can lead to obesity and other health issues.

In Soul Food Junkies, Hurt sets out on a culinary journey to learn more about soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Through candid interviews with cooks, historians, scholars, doctors, family, and everyday people, the film puts this tradition under the microscope.

May: El Remolino/The Swirl

May 9, 2017

Pedro is a farmer who defends his identity and his dreams; his sister Esther strives for a better future for her daughter as she shares her world through the lens of her small camera. They live in El Remolino, a tiny riverside community in Chiapas, Mexico, which is affected by strong floods every year. To them, life is like a swirl that spins them across the journey of their internal cycles and of the greater natural cycle of the river.

June: Supersize Me

June 13, 2017

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald’s food for one month. Morgan Spurlock’s first film, Super Size Me, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, winning Best Directing honors. The film went on to win the inaugural Writers Guild of America best documentary screenplay award as well as garner an Academy Award nomination for best feature documentary.

July: Portrait of a Garden

July 11, 2017

The oldest and most beautiful “kitchen garden” in the Netherlands, owned by Daan van der Have who cares for it with 85-year-old pruning master Jan Freriks, belongs to an estate that dates backs to 1630. Rosie Stapel’s debut feature records their passionate oversight of the vegetables and flowering trees to which they are devoted. The two are marvelous company, whether shaping a black mulberry, debating the proper care for garlic, fennel, spring green cabbage, beetroot or Japanese wine berry, or contemplating their 15-year wait for pear trees to grow. Their connoisseurship, knowledge, and exacting care, bear beautiful fruit – and an elegant, meditative film.

August: Fresh

August 8, 2017

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.

Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

September: Fish Tail (Rabo de Peixe)

September 12, 2017

Film makers Joaquim Pinto and Nuno Leonel befriend a young fisherman named Pedro from Rabo de Peixe, a village in the Azores that is home to Portugal’s largest collection of artisanal fisheries.

Rabo de Peixe is a tender essay rooted in friendship and fascination. The film follows Pedro out to sea to catch mackerel and swordfish. It drinks in the atmosphere of the island: rippling fish shoals, fireworks over the harbor, a procession through slender white streets, bodies on black sand. Themes emerge unobtrusively: the virtue of working by hand, industrial restrictions, the slippery concept of a free man. Here, friends can easily commandeer the camera and there’s room for sea monsters.

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Refreshments will be served
Non-Members welcome!