Slow Food LA: Good Food Festival Film Series

June 3rd, 2011 by Heather Westenhofer

Check out this event from Slow Food LA:

We’re pleased to announce the first of several film events that will comprise the Good Food Festival Film Series, evenings of film and conversation about issues related to our food: How it’s grown, who grows it, and how we can make our food system better and fairer. This monthly series is presented by the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, FamilyFarmed.org, and Slow Food Los Angeles, and is part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market.

The selected films will address issues in our country’s food system in engrossing and timely ways, and enlightening panel discussions will follow the screenings to give a local perspective on the larger issues presented by the films. If local food is an important part of your life, or if you simply want to learn more about the movement toward more sustainable agriculture, be sure not to miss any of these exciting screenings.

The first event will focus on “farming’s next generation” and will feature two films, Big River and The Greenhorns. The discussion will be moderated by Lisa Lucas Talbot, coleader of Slow Food Los Angeles and Slow Food USA regional governor for Southern California, and will include Romeo Coleman of Coleman Family Farm and Tara Kolla of Silverlake Farms:
When:  Wednesday, June 8, 2011 beginning at 7:30pm
Where: The Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica
Cost: Tickets range from $7.00 to $11.00 and are available online at
http://tinyurl.com/3paaa7d
or at the Aero Theatre box office.

About the films:
In Big River, documentarians and former farmers Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney return to their native Iowa to learn about the environmental impact their previous agricultural practices had on other communities downstream. A sobering and informative documentary, Big River offers a clear-eyed look at how traditional farming may be contributing to unseen but significant effects on communities. (27 minutes; 2010)

In The Greenhorns, director Severine von Tscharner Fleming travels the United States meeting with young farmers who have followed a variety of paths. Some have grown up on farms and stayed, others have looked for outside opportunities and ultimately returned to their families’ farms and still others have chosen the profession without previous connection. Through a series of interviews, the documentary’s subjects talk about the challenges they’ve faced, from daily financing and basic farm business matters to the devastating reality of rebuilding after a natural disaster. Never sugarcoated, The Greenhornsnonetheless offers an optimistic and exciting view of our country’s next generation of farmers. (50 minutes; 2011)

Films in the series are being selected by the Good Food Festival Film Committee (Lisa Lucas Talbot, Laura Avery, Marguerite Kenner, Susan Haymer, and Corinne Bourdeau) with the generous assistance of the staff of the American Cinematheque.

Information about the July, August, and September events will be available soon; in the meantime, we hope to see many Slow Food Los Angeles members and friends at the Aero Theatre on June 8th! 
Trailers for both films are available at the Slow Food Los Angeles website at:
http://slowfoodla.com/2011/05/good-food-festival-film-series-celebrating-30-years-of-the-santa-monica-farmers-market/

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Tree Hugger’s Ball June 11

June 3rd, 2011 by Heather Westenhofer

I thought some Slow Foodies might be interested in this event:


The Canyon Land Conservation Fund just signed Daryl Hannah to speak at the upcoming Tree Hugger’s Ball & Green Expo on June 11th! We want Slow Foods to be there to gather supporters!

The 7th Annual Tree Hugger’s Ball & Green Expo June 11th in Silverado Canyon is a fun family music and eco awareness event that you don’t want to miss! Environmental expo, guest speakers, art show, healthy food, plus 7 hours of live music and dancing under a canopy of oaks and sycamores in Silverado Canyon, the gateway community between the urban jungle and the forests of OC!

Daryl Hannah is planning to arrive in her veggie converted El Camino to speak to us about Mountain Top Removal and how we need to get away from fossil fuels killing our planet and people. Daryl co-founded the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and knows how to live “off the grid.” 

Appalachian music will be preformed by Lost Hills, Lilies of the West, and Dave & Anne Hiebert of Silverado who are packing the stage with wonderful canyon musicians. Later there will be Environmental Blues by Nick Hernandez of Common Sense followed by Grateful Dead classics by Skull & Roses with dancing ’till midnight! Daryl will be speaking from 7-7:45 pm between the band sets. Transition Laguna’s Chris Prelitz will be talking about sustainability and global issues at 9:30 pm.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.canyonland.org.

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What do you think about GMOs?

June 3rd, 2011 by Heather Westenhofer

There is a lot of debate within our local and national chapters about what types of political issues Slow Food should get behind.  What do you think?  Would you be interested in aligning ourselves with other groups that have organized around a cause?  Here is an example of a group that is tackling GMO issues and Monsanto in particular:  http://organicconsumers.org/monsanto/index.cfm.  I’d like to start a discussion about this type of action with our membership so feel free to drop me a line at or comment on the blog or Facebook!

An interesting article from the LA Times on the political nature of food issues via the Founding Fathers can be found here:  http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-wulf-gardens-20110529,0,4593400.story.

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