Documentary on Food Opens in DC
Magnolia Pictures and the Impact Arts + Film Fund will screen the documentary FOOD, INC. on Monday, June 8 at 6:00PM at Landmark’s E Street Cinema (555 11th St, NW, WDC) as part IAFF’s ongoing films series.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Robert Kenner, Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma), Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and food safety advocate Barb Kowalcyk. In FOOD, INC. Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of e coli–the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Magnolia Pictures for a screening of FOOD, INC., one of the most important and critically-acclaimed documentaries of the year,” said Jody Arlington who founded IAFF with Jamie Shor and Kimball Stroud. “The film artfully exposes a growing crisis in the American food supply that will completely change the way you look at the food on your plate.”
Magnolia Pictures will open FOOD, INC. on June 19 in Washington, DC.
About Robert Kenner (producer/director)
Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner worked for over six years to bring FOOD, INC. to the screen. Kenner’s previous films have played theatrically, on television, and to President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore at the White House. His previous films include “Two Days in October,” “The Road to Memphis“ and “War Letters” which aired on PBS.
About Eric Schlosser (co-producer)
Eric Schlosser is an investigative journalist, best-selling author, playwright and a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly. He is considered a leading authority on the impacts of industrialized agriculture. He is the author of three best-selling books: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal, Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market, and Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food which he co-wrote with Charles Wilson. Schlosser is the recipient of both a National Magazine Award and a Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for his investigative reporting.
About Michael Pollan (featured author)
Michael Pollan is the author of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, winner of the James Beard Award, and The Omnivore's Dilemma, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. Previous books include Second Nature, The Botany of Desire, and A Place of My Own. In addition to FOOD, INC., Pollan next will appear in “The Botany of Desire,” which will be broadcast on public television this fall. Pollan is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley.
About Impact Arts and Film Fund
The Impact Arts and Film Fund (IAFF) is a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization that was created as a platform for arts, documentary and narrative filmmaking to engage with the political and policy arena. IAFF hosts screenings, panel discussions, promotional events, and exhibits to educate and enlighten its audiences and create a climate for meaningful social impact.