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1st FESTIVAL ABOUT FOOD ISSUES IN AMERICA ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL SHORTLIST
(NEW YORK, NY) Oct 3, 2016 — The 2016 Faces of Hunger Short Film Festival (FOH) Awards Ceremony, in association with New York University (NYU), today announces its official shortlist of 11 films from 181 submissions. The festival will take place at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU on October 14 from 5-8pm.
From the US-Mexico border to a local health clinic in the community of Rougemont, NC (pop. 978), this year’s diverse lineup of films showcases the creativity of today’s storytellers, with exceptional talent on both sides of the camera.
Faces of Hunger 2016 reveals the complex range of issues that permeate the food system in the United States. Raising both questions and answers, this year’s festival is a catalyst for further conversation by alleviating the stigma of not having enough to eat, highlighting the health consequences of widely accessible foods and the enormous waste in one of the world’s most developed countries.
The official shortlist will be available to the public on October 15 via our Vimeo portfolio: vimeopro.com/facesofhunger/shortlist until November 15, 2016.
Collards In The Cafeteria
Nestled in the agricultural heart of North Carolina, Gaston County schools are attempting to source 10% of their produce locally. Students love the addition of fresh, local strawberries and watermelons to their menu, but how about collards? Collards In The Cafeteria follows the journey of this nutrient rich leafy green from the fields to the county’s Central Kitchen, where they are cooked and processed in a Wonka-like fashion for cafeteria service the following day. Frank Fields, Director of School Nutrition, shares the secret of the final step; getting students to try and, perhaps, even love this classic Southern side dish.
Don’t Waste Your Food
A motion design film about food waste. Encouraging us to overcome our inner monsters in the effort to be conscious consumers.
Edible Freedom: Rougemont, NC
The availability and affordability of calorie-rich and nutrient-poor food has transformed it into an invisible issue. It now manifests as chronic diet-related diseases, diabetes and heart disease, hidden by skin and bone. Yet, it can be heard in the voices of those struggling to make ends meet. One such woman, Patricia Parrish, 57, said her family has, “never been hungry. Not hungry hungry. We always had something to eat. It might not always be what you want, but it was something to eat.”
EXPIRED? Food Waste in America
EXPIRED? Food Waste in America takes us to Missoula, Montana to explore how misleading date labels on food products contribute to the 160 billion pounds of food wasted in America each year. Highly restrictive date-labeling laws require all milk be removed from shelves once the sell by date of 12 days after pasteurization arrives and cannot be sold or donated after that date. This patchwork of state laws and regulations is part of a national problem – one that creates customer confusion, limits retailers’ ability to sell or donate wholesome food, and causes unnecessary food waste. In response to this challenge, we are calling for a national solution.
Salem Suber needed a way to meet the increasing demand for fresh food by residents at Southminster, a continuing care retirement community in Charlotte, N.C. Residents were tired of the standard frozen meals and wanted more nutrient-rich options, but with 282 unique published menus every 21 days, how could Suber, Director of Culinary Services, maintain consistency and meet their demands? Chef Kris Reid had the answer, “blow it up and start over again.” Freshly Retired explores the way Reid’s tireless passion for fresh, local food powers a world of change within an institutional setting by creating deep personal connections to the food being grown and served—resulting in bottom-line savings in the kitchen and a vibrant community of residents around the garden.
From Gangs to Gardens
Organic gardener and vegan chef Ietef Vita is an award winning international recording artist and activist who uses Hip-Hop culture to inspire young people to connect to the earth by teaching them how to grow food, and cultivate healthy eating habits. Through his lyrics and gardens, Ietef is planting the seeds of the food movement extending from his hometown of Denver, Colorado to across the globe.
Man in the Maze
The huge amount of food that is wasted along the way is just one indicator that our current system isn’t working. Man in the Maze takes us on a journey through the borderlands, where we see how people are coming up with innovative solutions to mend our broken food system. Here where it seems like there is no hope, there is a grassroots food movement shifting the way we grow and eat our food.
Modern Day Food Waste Warriors
Around the country, young people in every emerging sector of industry have been attempting to fix, or at least redistribute some of America’s food waste problem. Beneath all of this progress, some in the old guard of hunger and poverty NGOs refuse to take food waste startups seriously. Joel Berg, the CEO and Executive Director of Hunger Free America has been particularly outspoken about his lack of faith in tech efforts. Can the food tech startup model move towards a more circular economy to address these food waste issues?
No one else in this country faces a more poisonous, unregulated workplace than the agricultural worker. Once a bass fisherman’s heaven, Lake Apopka needed millions of government cleanup dollars to undo the decades of pesticide runoff that turned it into a toxic brew of chemicals. Our government spent additional millions studying the health effects of the local wildlife during the cleanup. However, the people who worked those fields were all but ignored, and are suffering the effects forty years later.
Teens For Food Justice at Unison
Middle school students at UA Unison build and maintain an indoor Hydroponic farm year-round to grow food for themselves, and the community. This film documents all the steps the students took along with Teens For Food Justice staff and mentors to create a space that everyone loves as soon as they walk through the door.
The Blood Brothers
A trip to San Francisco to visit the kitchen of New Korean American restaurant Namu Gabi. Headed up by chef Dennis Lee (also the chef at Smokestack) alongside his brothers Daniel and David, sourcing ingredients from their own farm in Sunol, California. An exploration on how family and cuisine can shape a community.
ABOUT THE EVENT
The evening program includes screenings of shortlisted films and panel discussions on food issues (insecurity, quality and waste in the United States) and film’s role in mobilizing for social betterment. Best documentary, narrative, and the Mario Batali Foundation Award for a youth project will be announced. The top film scored by FOH judges will receive a $5000 grant towards a creative project.
The evening’s refreshments and snacks are provided by Give Goods, who re-purposes food waste, NYC Nuchas Empanadas, locally-sourced treats from Pure Fare, and NLC Wines from Portugal.
To register for the free event and for more information visit facesofhunger.org
ABOUT FOH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
The first and only film festival to focus on food insecurity, quality and waste in the United States, FOH is spurring a nationwide dialogue about the everyday realities that millions of Americans face. The inaugural FOH Film Festival is a creative venture of Palms for Life Fund and promises to be a staple in the activism-through-film calendar. Palms for Life is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit. Festival headquarters are in New York City, NY.
ABOUT OUR PARTNERS
FOH is supported by New York University, NYC Mayor’s Office, Mario Batali Foundation, Food Bank For New York City, The Action Center, Alliance to End Hunger, A76 Production, Arcadia Creative, NLC Wines, Pure Fare, Give Goods, UWFH, Teens for Food Justice, and Hunger Free America.