Edible Buffalo, Western New York’s premier regional food publication, launches its fall film series on September 10, 2009 with a screening of the food documentary FRESH. Sponsored by Buffalo Spree magazine and American Farmland Trust and in cooperation with the Burchfield-Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College, New York State’s first LEED certified “green” art museum.
As films like Food Inc. and Super Size Me expose the pitfalls and wrong doings of our industrial food system, FRESH goes in the direction of looking at solutions to our ailing food supply by celebrating the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, a 2008 MacArthur’s “Genius Award” fellow; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, the Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, who is creating a new market model for our family farmers. FRESH’s focus on these inspiring individuals and their initiatives around the US provides the audience with actionable solutions. FRESH is a call to action.
There will be a panel discussion following the film. Panel participants include Diane Held, Western New York Representative for American Farmland Trust, Kate Mendenhall, Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, Tom Tower, small scale fruit and vegetable farmer in Youngstown, NY and Karen Agle from Eden Valley Growers in Eden, NY.
The film will be screened in the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium at the Burchfield Penney and is 72 minutes in length. The film will begin at 7pm with seating available starting at 6:30pm. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for Edible Buffalo and Buffalo Spree magazine subscribers, members of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, students and seniors. Tickets for the film can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.ediblebuffalo.comand at www.buffalospree.com. For more information about the film and to view trailers visit www.freshthemovie.com.