Spring Screenings

A trio of food and ag-related documentaries are having their NYC premieres thismonth:

The Garden, a 2008 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature about an embattled 14 acre communal garden in South Central Los Angeles, features Danny Glover, Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Daryl Hannah, Dennis Kucinich, and Zak de la Rocha. Kenneth Turan of the LA Times said: "It's tempting to call 'The Garden' a story of innocence and experience, of evil corrupting paradise, but that would be doing a disservice to the fascinating complexities of a classic Los Angeles conflict and an excellent documentary that does them full justice."

When: Wednesday, May 6 at 7pm
Where: The Horticultural Society of New York, 148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor
How Much: $5 HSNY members; $10 non-members
RSVP to hsny@hsny.org or (212) 757-0915 x115 

Meat TheTruth is a Dutch documentary that focuses on the impact of American livestock production on climate change (a topic ignored in An Inconvenient Truth as well as the soon-to-be-released Food, Inc.) The film follows Dutch politician and animal rights activist Marianne Thieme as she interviews scientists, activists, and farmers about the consequences of our carnivorous culture.

When: May 17th
Where: The New York Film Academy
details TBA 

Freshfeatures some of the sustainable ag movement's most famous farmers, fromJoel Salatin of Omnivore's Dilemma fame to MacArthur genius Will Allen ofMilwaukee's Growing Power. The film examines the problems of industrialagriculture, but its focus is primarily on the folks who are doing things right:"FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across Americawho are re-inventing our food system."There will be two screenings of Fresh; the first will be followed by a paneldiscussion featuring Joel Salatin, Will Allen, Dan Barber, and Joan Gussow, withJust Food's Jacquie Bergermoderating.

When: May 27th, at 6:30pm and 9pm
Where: NYU Cantor Film Center
How much: $10-15
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