I have to admit that the idea for a post on food in film came to me in a roundabout way. Earlier this week, I saw a Facebook post by the Institute of Medicine publicizing a September 16, 2013 public workshop on “Mapping the Food System and its Effects.”
Yes, ladies and gentleman, this sounds interesting to me. I mean, who wouldn’t want to define food systems, consider different effects of the food system or establish frameworks and sustainability indicators?
Anyhoo. I thought that finding movies about food systems would be a challenge. One quick search, and I was almost at “DUH.” I totally briefly forgot that movies focus on aspects of the human experience, with food as a key part. Chocolat and Ratatouille, though I have to admit to a bit of a yuck factor thinking about rat hair in the kitchen…even if it is on a cute character that talks. Even action adventure or science fiction movies use meals or food to connect characters or set up a sequence.
Of course, considering food as a system in a film is less frequent. Again, who would want to define food systems, consider different effects of the food system or establish frameworks and sustainability indicators all in the same movie? The answer? A documentary filmmaker or two.
Here are some lists of food films, including documentaries:
- Favorite Food Films – lettuce eat kale blog post (2-19-10)
- 10 Top Documentary Food Films – lettuce eat kale blog post (3-6-10)
- World Food System Film Series – The ETH World Food System Center (2013 spring semester)
- 20 Must-See Food Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now – First We Feast blog post (2-5-13)
I also found a new event with the coolest title and purpose: the second annual “Food & Farm Film Fest!” on April 3-6, 2014. The festival features food and farming in films AND local chefs who create pairings for each day’s film. Sounds yummy, in more ways than one.
More food and film festivals:
- The Food Film Fest (taste what you see on screen) – New York City/Chicago/Charleston
- Devour! The Food Film Festival – Nova Scotia, Canada
Your turn. Please add to our lists…