Feast On This Film Festival

Event-Slider-2015-FOTFFThe Feast on This Film Festival features movies that educate our community about the diverse issues affecting our national, regional and local food and agricultural systems.  We chose films that will spark conversation and action around building stronger local, regional and sustainable food systems. All films are open to the public.

November 9 – 15, 2015

Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition and Monadnock Food Co-op


5:30pm Monday, November 9, 2015 – Hosted by Prime Roast Coffee, Keene
3 Acres in Detroit
A willful urban farmer sets out to transform an abandoned house into a greenhouse

7pm, Tuesday, November 10, 2015Hosted by The Cornucopia Project, Peterborough
Lunch Love Community
Passion, creative energy and persistence come together when Berkeley advocates and educators tackle food reform and food justice in the schools and in the neigh­borhoods.

7pm, Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – Hosted by The Community Kitchen at Stonewall Farm, Keene
The Starfish Throwers
Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger.

7pm, Thursday, November 12, 2015 – Fair Trade Group, Keene State College, Mabel Brown Room
After I Pick The Fruit
Story of five-immigrant farmworker women who labor in NY, migrate seasonally to Florida, raise their families, and try to hide from the Bush-era immigration raids that were conducted in response to 9/11.

7pm, Friday, November 13, 2015 – Hosted by Community Garden Connections & The Orchard School at Antioch University New England
Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, and governance.

7pm, Saturday, November 14, 2015Hosted by the Monadnock Conservancy at Hastings Memorial Hall, Walpole
Growing Local
This Maine Farmland Trust-produced documentary includes three, poignant vignettes which educate on the interconnected fates of New England’s small farms, consumers and the buy-local movement.

1pm, Sunday, November 15, 2015– Colonial Theater, Keene
In Defense of Food, NH Premiere
This two-hour documentary, based on the NYT best selling book by Michael Pollan, sheds new light on one of the most important conflicts of our time—the one that each and every one of us fights when we sit down to a meal.

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$30 Film Festival Button on sale at Toadstool Bookshops in Keene and Peterborough and the Monadnock Food Coop.
Suggested donation at each venue: $10.
All proceeds underwrite festival expenses.

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More about films:

After I Pick the Fruit

after i pick the fruit

After I Pick the Fruit follows the lives of five immigrant farmworker women over a ten-year period as they labor in the apple orchards and fields of rural western New York, migrate seasonally to Florida, raise their families, and try to hide from the Bush-era immigration raids that were conducted in response to 9/11. Filmed in New York, Florida, and Mexico, this intimate, bittersweet, feature-length film illuminates a community that is nearly invisible to most Americans, and will change the way you look at our national ‘immigration problem.’”


Growing Local

seedingadream_stills_02While “buying local” is on the rise, the stories in Growing Local make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food is not a sure thing.  In three short films we meet the young farm couple Ben & Taryn, who, on risky sweat-equity, have revitalized a famously fertile piece of farmland into a thriving community food hub, artisanal butcher Ben who helps us better understand how healthier, thoughtful meat production can be supported and sustained, and Richard and Adam, father and son organic dairy farmers struggling to keep their family farm going and in the family. These poignant vignettes help us understand the interconnected fates of Maine’s small farms, consumers and the buy-local movement.

In Defense of Food

From Active Voice Based on Michael Pollan’s best-selling book, In Defense of Food is a two-hour special for public television that uncovers how incomplete science, vested political interests, and clever marketing campaigns have shaped America’s eating habits in ways that have made us less and less healthy. As the film gears up for a national PBS broadcast in 2015, Active Voice is leveraging the film’s release as an opportunity to inform, engage, and mobilize a broad range of communities to create cultures of healthy eating. We’ll focus on ensuring that the film’s message reaches beyond the choir, and that it can be leveraged to advance programs and policies to improve healthy food access for underserved communities in particular.