Thursday, December 10, 2009

Free Films on Food and Agriculture

It's pretty cold outside. How about catching a free film?

7:00 PM TONIGHT at the U of M Bell Museum of Natural History Auditorium, the classic food film, Big Night, will be playing as part of the Films on Food and Agriculture series by the Agrifood Reading Group at the University of Minnesota

"Two immigrant brothers (Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub) run a small trattoria serving the finest of Italian regional cooking. Unfortunately, it’s 1950s New Jersey, and customers expect singing waiters to deliver heaping mounds of spaghetti and meatballs. Can their “big night” with a star guest save the day?"

The film series continues in the winter, on the FIRST Thursdays:

Thursday, February 4
The Dervaes family grows over 6,000 pounds of produce on one
city lot in Pasadena, CA. Relying mainly on their own words, this
documentary provides a portrait of how they moved from conventional
homeowners to cultivating their own urban “homestead.”

The Gleaners and I
Thursday, March 4
Follow Agnes Varda, grande dame of the French New Wave, on this
“wandering-road documentary” that explores those who insist on
finding a use for that which society casts off, whether out of necessity
or activism.

The Real Dirt on Farmer John
Thursday, April 1
The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer who transforms his
farm amidst economic crisis and the difficulties of being different in
rural America. Brilliantly constructed from a lifetime of documentary
footage, this funny and haunting film heralds the renewal of the
Peterson family farm as a bastion of creative agriculture and one
of the U.S.ʼs largest CSA farms.

Julie and Julia
Thursday, May 6
Meryl Streep is Julia Child and Amy Adams is writer Julia Powell in
Nora Ephron's vivid and compelling story. Julia Child discovers her
gift for French cooking and writes the classic Mastering the Art of
French Cooking. Julia Powell resolves to make all 524 recipes in the
book in a year, and to blog about it. Both women achieve selfrealization
with passion, fearlessness and butter.

Sponsored and organized by the Agrifood Reading Group at the University
of Minnesota

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies, Institute for Advanced
Studies, Bell Museum of Natural History, and Departments of History, Geography and Sociology.

The Bell Museum will remain open until 9pm on Thursday evenings, and the
new exhibit “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats” will be up until May 9, 2010).

[where: Sustainable Food, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Twin Cities, Minnesota]

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