Growing Local Film Series

Growing Local Film Series, The Naked Truth about Your Food,

Engaging our community about the food we eat

Film Series and Eating Local dinner, sponsored by Raw & Juicy and Twin Oaks Farm, is presented the last Tuesday of the month at the Seaside Repertory Theatre in Seaside, FL. Join us to learn what goes into the food we eat, how it is grown, how it reaches our table and how it affects our health and the environment.

The film series is free and open to the public.

photo by Moonlight Microfarm

photo by Moonlight Microfarm

This is a Local Food Potluck – so, please bring a food (with serving utensils) or beverage to share, featuring local/regional foods. (Please bring plates and cups for your own use, though we will have some on-hand.)

Eat Local Food Guidelines: The main portion of any dish should be from local or regional ingredients grown or harvested in Florida, Georgia, or Alabama. For example, zucchini bread should be made with zucchini that’s as local as possible. But the flour, eggs, and other ingredients could be from anywhere, though if you can get them local–or organic—all the better. Any meat should be from organic or free-range animals. And yes, “harvested” can include wild plants, nuts, fish or game.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Seaside Repertory Theatre
Eat Local 5:30pm  /  Movie at 6:30pm

“Short Films”
Your Milk on Drugs – Just Say No
Dairy products from cows injected with Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone(rBGH or rBST) may sharply increase cancer risk and other diseases. Includes interviews with fired whistleblowers about manipulated research, the FDA, and political collusion, along with footage prepared for a FOX TV station – canceled after a letter from Monsanto’s attorney threatened “dire consequences.”

Introduction of the Campaign for Healthier Eating in America, which is a practical plan to achieve the tipping point of consumer rejection of GMOs in the US.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Seaside Repertory Theatre
Eat Local 5:30pm  /  Movie at 6:30pm

“The Economics of Happiness”
Going local is a powerful strategy to repair our fractured world—our ecosystems, our societies and our selves.

Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.

‘The Economics of Happiness’ describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re‐regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re‐build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.
We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents including Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Zac Goldsmith and Samdhong Rinpoche ‐ the Prime Minister of Tibetʹs government in exile. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well‐being.

‘The Economics of Happiness’ restores our faith in humanity and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Seaside Repertory Theatre
Eat Local 5:30pm  /  Movie at 6:30pm

“A River of Waste”
A heart-stopping new documentary, A River Of Waste exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production.  The damage documented in today’s factory farms far exceeds the damage that was depicted in Upton Sinclair’s novel, The Jungle, a book written over 100 years ago. Some scientists have gone so far as to call the condemned current factory farm practices as “mini Chernobyls.”

The European Union stands virtually alone in establishing strong health and environmental standards for the industry. In the U.S and elsewhere, the meat and poultry industry is dominated by dangerous uses of arsenic, antibiotics, growth hormones and by the dumping of massive amounts of sewage in fragile waterways and environments.  The film documents the vast catastrophic impact on the environment and public health as well as focuses on individual lives damaged and destroyed.

As one observer noted, if terrorists did this, we would be up in arms, but when it is a fortune 500 company, it is just “business as usual.”

In 1906, public outrage at the scandal exposed by Sinclair led to major reforms thatcleaned up a corrupt and dangerous system.  It is the hope of the filmmakers to mobilize a similar public outcry for reform.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Seaside Repertory Theatre
Eat Local 5:30pm  /  Movie at 6:30pm

What caused America to go from being a leading exporter of oil to the world’s largest importer? What are the economic and sociological forces that have contributed to that change and impede its solution?

GAS HOLE is an eye-opening documentary about the history of oil prices and sheds light on a secret that the big oil companies don’t want you to know – that there are viable and affordable alternatives to petroleum fuel! It also provides a detailed examination of our continued dependence on foreign oil and examines various potential solutions — starting with claims of buried technology that dramatically improves gas mileage, to navigating bureaucratic governmental roadblocks, to evaluating different alternative fuels that are technologically available now, to questioning the American Consumers’ reluctance to embrace alternatives.

Narrated by Peter Gallagher, hear from a wide range of opinions from representatives of the US Department of Energy Representatives, Congressional leaders both Democrat and Republican, Alternative Fuel Producers, Alternative Fuel Consumers (including actor Joshua Jackson), Professors of Economics and Psychology and more. Anyone who buys gas should see this film!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Seaside Repertory Theatre
Eat Local 5:30pm  /  Movie at 6:30pm

“Dive” Living off American Waste
Grocery stores around the country are filling their dumpsters with food. Not rotten,
spoiled food, but billions of pounds of good, edible food.

Follow filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and his circle of friends as they dumpster dive in the
back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A.’s supermarkets. In the process, they
uncover thousands of dollars worth of good food and an ugly truth about waste in
America: grocery stores know they are wasting and most refuse to do anything about it.
Why aren’t grocery stores giving the food to people who need it? Seifert takes this
question to corporate front offices in an attempt to find out. The result is equal parts
entertainment, guerrilla journalism, and call to action.

The power of the film lies in its ability to motivate: it will move you to question the
manager at your supermarket; it will move you to learn about food waste and the role it
plays in your community. In the end, you might even find yourself in a dumpster.

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