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Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #1
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #1
April 3, 2014

Screening #1!

Thursday, April 3

The Synesthesia Film Festival is a once a month showing of the coolest short films from around the world, sponsored by the The Film Clubs. The goal is to bring an eclectic mix of filmmakers together to mingle, share ideas, and collaborate on projects. The festival happens the first Thursday of every month from 7-9 PM.  Tickets are $7. Following the screening will be an after party down the street where we will announce the Winners of the Audience Choice Award.

To learn more go to www.synesthesiafilmfestival.com

FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: OPENING NIGHT
April 3, 2014

Our opening night shorts program introduces viewers to subjects from beekeeping to baking to what sausages get up to on vacation. We meet the creator of Sriracha hot sauce, hear a poetic approach to public health, and find out what happens when you don’t tip your waiter. Join us for our opening program and stay for the after party!

Thursday, April 3 at 7pm

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Introduced by Anna Lappé of the Real Food Media Project

FILMS

  • Real Food Media Project Winner Homeward (Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine, 4 min)
  • Japanese Knotwood Quiche (Aube Giroux, 3 min)
  • Beekeeper, made by hand (Keith Ehrlich, 6 min)
  • Wurst (Carlo Vogele, 6 min)
  • Josey Builds A Bakery (Najeeb Tarazi, 15 min)
  • Purest Poison (Jamie DeWolf, 5 min)
  • Waiter Duty (Jason Wolos, 11 min)
  • Sriracha (Griffin Hammond, 32 min)

Served with: Earthbound’s Spring Salad, Josey Baker Bread & Sriracha Cream Cheese

Your ticket also includes entry to our opening night celebration at Root Division (3175 17th St & S Van Ness). Join us for free food from Earthbound Farm, Bi Rite Market, and Suppershare, local wine from Farm Line Wines and beer from Calicraft and Deschutes, with live music by the Gaucho Gypsy Jazz band.

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will  take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.

Apr
4
Fri
FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: MORE THAN HONEY
April 4, 2014

Friday, April 4 at 7pm

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Introduced by Robert McKimmie of City Bees

The bee movie to end all bee movies,  MORE THAN HONEY is a film on the relationship between mankind and honeybees,  about nature and about our future. Honeybees show us that stability is just as unhealthy as unlimited growth,  that crises and disasters are triggering evolution and that salvation sometimes comes from a completely unexpected direction. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis. Don’t miss this one on the big screen! Narrated by John Hurt. Directed by Markus Imhoof. 2012.

Served with: Hey Honey! Lemonade and Honey from City Bees

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will  take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.

FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: AMERICAN MEAT
April 4, 2014

Friday, April 4 at 9pm

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AMERICAN MEAT is a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog and cattle production in America. Beginning with a history of our current industrial system, the feedlots and confinement operations are unveiled, not through hidden cameras, but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, the story shifts to Polyface Farms, where the Salatin family has developed an alternative agricultural model based on rotational grazing and local distribution. The film explores the frontiers of sustainable meat production in America through the eyes of farmers. Directed by Graham Meriwether. 2013.

Shown with: I Kill (David White, 10m)

Served with: A treat from Fork in the Road Foods

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.

Apr
5
Sat
FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: LE QUATTRO VOLTE
April 5, 2014

Saturday, April 5 at 1pm

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A mystical meditation on life’s transformations, LE QUATTRO VOLTE is also a very real depiction of daily existence in a small southern Italian town. Young goats and an old goatherd are some of the stars of the film, which features almost no dialogue and gorgeous images drawn from rural Italy. Fans of last year’s film “The Last Shepherd” shouldn’t miss this one! Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino. 2012.

“…a movie of grave beauty, serene pace and surprising humor.” –  Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

Served with: TBD

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.

FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: FARMS & THE CITY
April 5, 2014

Saturday, April 5 at 4pm

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Urban farming is flourishing across the United States and around the world. Join us for a celebration of urban agriculture featuring three great new films:

BROOKLYN FARMER
The story of the Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farming cooperative, turned an empty rooftop in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard into a functional, and profitable, 2.5 acre rooftop farm. The new project has been called “the largest rooftop urban farm in the world.” Follow the farmers in their first year of production.

ABALIMI
A short film by Marysia Makowska, is a short documentary film about Xhosa women farming in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. The Abalimi program teaches people to create their own gardens, grow – and potentially sell – their own vegetables, and feed their families.

GROWING CITIES
Filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. Join them as they discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. They’re producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too.

Followed by a short panel discussion led by Eli Zigas, Urban Agriculture Manager at SPUR, Hannah Schulman, San Francisco’s Urban Agriculture Coordinator, and Novella Carpenter, farmer and author of Farm City and The Essential Urban Farmer.

Served with a tasty treat from a local urban farm (TBD!)

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.

FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: L’AMOUR DES MOULES
April 5, 2014

Saturday, April 5 at 7pm

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The Belgians and French look forward to it with bated breath: the start of the mussel season in the Dutch province of Zeeland, like many other aficionados. But how does this shellfish end up on our plates? And why do we love them so? MUSSELS IN LOVE (“L’Amour des Moules” in French) is a feature-length documentary that reveals the life of the Zeeland mussel in an intimate, humorous way, with playful music and fascinating close-ups that turn the shell-fish into abstract art. We get to observe its complete life cycle: the mussel that loves, the mussel that holds on with all its might, and the mussel that is cast off by the storm. On its odyssey from seabed to restaurant plate, the mussel encounters passionate enthusiasts who – like itself – fall in love, struggle and overcome. Directed by Willemiek Kluijfhout. 2013.

Shown with: Marcel, King of Teruven (Tom Schroeder, 5m)

Served with: Mussels from Frjtz

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.

Apr
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Sun
FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: COFFEE & CHOCOLATE
April 6, 2014

Sunday, April 6 at 7pm

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What better way to end our festival than a coffee & chocolate dessert? Three delicious films:

Nothing Like Chocolate 
(Kum-Kum Bavnani, 2013, 60 minutes) An incredible journey into the world of eccentric chocolate visionary Mott Greene, the founder of the Grenada Chocolate company. The first “tree to bar” chocolate company making chocolate in the country where it is grown, Mott’s devotion to the environment also led to the invention of a solar-drying ship to export the chocolate. Tragically, Mott passed away in 2013, but his chocolate lives on; recently, Grenada Chocolate was named one of the most influential candy bars of all time by Time Magazine.

The Way Back to Yarasquin
(Sarah Gerber, 2013, 20 minutes) This film explores the coffee economy from Honduras to San Francisco, following Mayra Orellana as she organizes a coffee cooperative in her small town in Honduras, while working with roasters from Ritual, Blue Bottle, and other San Francisco favorites to connect consumers, roasters, and farmers.

Yoshi’s Blend
 (Desmond Loh, 2013, 9 minutes) A mini-documentary telling the heartwarming story of Professor Yoshi Masuda and his effort to bring coffee and community to the tsunami and earthquake stricken areas of east Japan.

Served with: Coffee and chocolate, of course!

Join us after the final screening for a closing reception at Dandelion Chocolate featuring local coffee and chocolate makers (make sure you choose the ticket that includes the after party on EventBrite).

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.

FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: THE FRUIT HUNTERS
April 6, 2014

Sunday, April 6 at 1pm

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THE FRUIT HUNTERS travel across culture, history and geography to show how intertwined we are with the fruits we eat. Our guides are devoted fruit fanatics. Movie star Bill Pullman’s obsession leads him on a crusade to create a community orchard in the Hollywood Hills. Adventurers Noris Ledesma and Richard Campbell scour the jungle for rare mangos, hoping to intervene before the plants are steamrolled by industrialization. Pioneering scientist Juan Aguilar races to breed bananas resistant to a deadly fungus that threatens the worldwide crop. And fruit detectives including Isabella Dalla Ragione investigate Renaissance-era paintings for clues, hoping to rediscover lost fruits. Directed by Yung Chang. 2012.

Served with: Exotic and native fruits. Yum.

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.

FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: SAVORY SHORTS
April 6, 2014

Sunday, April 6 at 4pm

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Three short films explore sustainable shrimp farming, the mobile world of taco trucks, and nose to tail cooking – with coconuts.

Coconut Nose to Tail
(Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine, 2013, 4 minutes) No part of the coconut goes to waste in this entertaining short.

Lonche
(Claire Weissbluth, 2013, 20 minutes) Travel California’s backroads with two very different taco trucks: one serving office workers in Silicon Valley, the other serving strawberry and raspberry pickers in the Pajaro Valley.

Raising Shrimp
(Sarah Curry, Fish Navy Films, 2014, 60 minutes) Shrimp is our most popular seafood item (we consume a billion pounds a year). But 90% of our shrimp is imported, and most of that is farmed, not wild caught. Filmmaker Ted Caplow and scientist Andy Danylchuk search for a seafood we can all believe in. Ultimately, they find hope in a most unlikely place, as their journey makes a sharp turn into modern agricultural science.

Served with: Shrimp cocktail from Natural Shrimp.

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.