12 New Films: Take a peek at the Film Library

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Christina Bronsing-Lazalde, Real Food Films




Spotlight on community-based food solutions, family farmers, growth of urban farms and an edgy spoken word critique of the influence of the sugar industry



SAN FRANCISCO — May 26, 2015

A dozen new films featuring creative projects at the heart of the food movement launches today as part of the Real Food Media Project’s expansive film library. The films tell the stories – in four minutes or less – of the momentum toward community-based food systems: from farming strategies to keep traditions alive to clever agricultural approaches in the dry Southwest. Free and open to the public as educational resources for film screenings and community events, the Real Food Media Project’s film library now features over 50 videos curated from submissions its annual international contest, creating the world’s largest collection of short films on the sustainable food movement.


Film library media partners include the James Beard Foundation, Tastemade, SXSW Eco and Slow Food USA. The Contest’s prominent judges include journalists Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, Norman Lear Center’s Johanna Blakley, film critic Thelma Adams, Padma Lakshmi, Alice Waters, and chef Tom Colicchio.


“Our growing film library showcases the best in short films on food, farming and sustainability,” says film library founder, Anna Lappé, “It’s amazing what a punch you can pack in four minutes. “I laughed, I cried, I wanted to make pie.”


The Films:  

Blueberry Pie | Norebo, Finland
The simplicity of from-scratch blueberry pie cooking made like Grandmother Rhea Aminoff used to at Norebo, Kallvik outside Helsinki, Finland.

Bunker Vietnamese | Queens, NY
A Queens, New York restaurant serves up Vietnamese street food, inspired by the chef’s parents.

Camelina | Lamberton, MN
A Minnesotan farm family converts from chemical to organic farming and transforms their land, their family and their business.

Dry Land | Tucson, AZ
A rainwater savant shows how even in the driest desert cities there is untapped potential in rainwater.

From Seed // Land & Freedom | San Diego, CA
An urban garden in San Diego brings together families and communities.

Green Bridge Growers | South Bend, IN
Learn about Green Bridge Growers, a community farm that connects autistic young adults with a sustainable aquaponics business. 

Operation Apple | Grand Isle, OR
A granddaughter and her friends help her grandparents in their annual apple harvest and cider-pressing.

The Dealer | Oakland, CA
A collaboration between filmmaker Jamie DeWolf and The Bigger Picture Project, The Dealer is a poignant, edgy spoken word piece about the effects of sugar on children.

The Future has an Ancient Heart | Irvine, CA
At Alegria’s one-acre farm in southern California, 70,000 plants and 60 different cultivars are flourishing.

The York Region Food Charter | Toronto, Canada
The compelling story of the unique rural-urban character of the region and how they are connecting to build a strong local food system.

Together We Grow | Philadelphia, PA
A seeds-eye look at the University of Pennsylvania’s unique food and farm education project.

Vacant Lot Initiative | Phoenix, AZ
Sustainable farming blossoms in Phoenix, Arizona.


About the Real Food Media Contest

Real Food Films, directed by national best-selling author and sustainability advocate Anna Lappé, is an initiative of the Real Food Media Project, which runs creative communications campaigns to spread the story of sustainable food and farming. Visit www.realfoodmedia.org to learn more and to view the film library. Connect with us online on Twitter via @RealFoodFilms and @AnnaLappe, Instagram via realfoodmedia, and on Facebook at Real Food Media Project.