Eat Local Film Festival September 14-20

Feast on This Film FestivalCome check out one or all of the eight films featured at this year’s Feast on This film festival from September 14 through September 20. The festival celebrates farming and brings community members together to raise food, farming, and nutrition awareness.

Each night of the week the featured films will be played at different locations in the Monadnock Region. Thursday night’s, September 17 film, Good Food, will be shown in Antioch New England’s community room. A panel-led group discussion will follow.

The only morning showing will be on Saturday, September 19, at the Walpole Town Library.

The festival ends Sunday night, September 20, at Stonewall Farm with a localvore potluck supper and live music from the Cold River Ranters. Everyone is encouraged to make a dish using local food and to bring their dancing shoes.

A $5 donation is requested for each viewing, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds from the festival are to benefit the Keene Community Kitchen.

Here is the schedule.

Monday, September 14: America’s Heartland.
7:00 p.m., Keene State College – Student Center, Mabel Brown Room

This PBS show celebrates our nation’s agriculture. Providing food, fuel, and fiber for America and the world is an act of passion on the part of our farmers and ranchers big and small, mainstream or specialized. On this night we will be showing clips of their favorite shows filmed in New England and hearing the producer’s commentary on the making of the show.

Tuesday, September 15: FRESH.
7:00 p.m., Stonewall Farm – Education Center

FRESH features new thinking about what we’re eating. The film honors the farmers, thinkers, and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. FRESH addresses an ethos that has been sweeping the nation and is a call to action for America.

Wednesday, September 16: All Jacked Up.
7:00 p.m., Keene Public Library

The film’s creators make a direct connection between what teens eat and their behavior and emotions. In a climate where media attention is primarily on childhood obesity, this movie looks at the bigger picture – a system that preys on consumer innocence in the name of profit. This frank and witty look at what’s really going on inside the bodies, hearts, and minds of the teen generation is a wake up call.

Thursday, September 17: Good Food.
7:00 p.m., Antioch University New England – Community Room

An intimate look at the farmers, ranchers, politicians, and businesses that are creating a more sustainable food system in the Pacific Northwest. There will be a panel of speakers and group discussion to follow the film.

Friday, September 18: Six Short Films: Asparagus: A Stalk-umentary, Young Agrarians, The Luckiest Nut in the World, Inch by Inch: Providence Youth Gardens for Change, One More Dead Fish, and Terminator Tomatoes.
7:00 p.m., The Harris Center for Conservation Education, Hancock.

Some of these five to eight minute films are inspiring, others are funny, and a few are downright goofy. But they all relate to the food we eat, the environment, and the challenges of finding sustainable solutions. Each film touches on different aspects of the farming industry, including social justice, raising urban chickens, teen nutrition, community gardens, and more.

Saturday, September 19: Mad City Chickens.
10:00 a.m., Walpole New Hampshire Town Library

A sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From chicken experts and authors, to a rescued landfill hen, or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge, it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.

Saturday, September 19: The Garden.
7:00 p.m., Keene State College, Parker Hall – Drennan Auditorium

From the ashes of the L.A. riots grew a lush, 14-acre community garden, the largest of its kind in the U.S. Bulldozers are now poised to destroy this place where south central farmers grow their own food, feed their families, and create community. The Garden follows this story and explores fault lines in American society and raises questions about liberty, equality, and justice.

Sunday, September 20: Pollen Nation.
7:30 p.m., Monadnock Localvore Potluck Supper at Stonewall Farm

From Maine to California, farmers rely on honeybees to pollinate their crops worth $15 billion annually. Every year professional beekeepers forklift their hives onto semis and hit the highway heading to farms around the country. But, parasites, pesticides, and other modern agricultural practices are making it harder to keep bees alive. This crisis could affect what shows up on all of our dinner tables.

In addition, the Cold River Ranters will be playing at the localvore potluck at 5 p.m. prior to the screening of Pollen Nation. Please bring a dish that highlights local food and join us for the harvest celebration!