We're hosting our first-ever film festival! The Food Film Festival is co-sponsored by the International Association of Culinary Professionals and us - Foodista.com! The festival will be held in conjunction with the association's annual conference this April in Portland, Oregon.
To kick off the inaugural event, we've selected three films. Ingredients showcases the efforts of a Portland-based group of filmmakers highlighting the sustainable farming movement. From the United Kingdom, the powerful documentary The End of the Line addresses the alarming state of overfishing in international waters. Finishing off the trio is Today’s Special, a light-hearted independent comedy starring acclaimed actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey.
Admission is $10 per film, each featuring an intriguing Q&A discussion afterward. The public is invited to attend! Film events will be held in the Salon Ballroom of the Portland Hilton. A no-host bar and snacks will be available. For tickets and more information click here. Seating is limited!
8:30 p.m. Friday, April 23rd
Local Filmmaker Showcase selection
A feature-length documentary, INGREDIENTS illustrates how people around the country are working to revitalize that connection. Narrated by Bebe Neuwirth, the film takes us across the U.S. from the diversified farms of the Hudson River and Willamette Valleys to the urban food deserts of Harlem and to the kitchens of celebrated chefs Alice Waters, Peter Hoffman and Greg Higgins. INGREDIENTS is a journey that reveals the people behind the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities. Written and directed by Robert Bates, produced by Brian Kimmel.
Running time: 94 minutes.
Expected to attend the post-film Q&A: Brian Kimmel, others TBA
The End of the Line
7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 24
International Drama/Documentary selection
Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act. The End of the Line is the first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans. Filmed over two years and across the globe, The End of the Line follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans. This powerful film features top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials across the globe, from the Straits of Gibraltar to Alaska to the coasts of Senegal to the Tokyo fish market.
Running time: 90 minutes.
Directed by: Rupert Murray. (Q&A panel TBA)
10 p.m., Saturday, April 24
International comedy selection
In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food. Directed by David Kaplan, written by Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart ) and Jonathan Bines. Starring Aasif Mandvi, Madhur Jaffrey, Jess Weixler, Naseeruddin Shah, Harish Patel, Kevin Corrigan.
Running time: 99 minutes.
Expected to attend post-film Q&A: Actress Madhur Jaffrey, actor Aasif Mandvi and producer Nimitt Mankad