The Green Film Series opens its spring season with the Deconstructing Dinner short films and a talk with writer and producer Jon Steinman on Thursday, February 6 at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse starting at 7:30 p.m. The documentary film series invites us to rediscover food in our communities and our kitchens. The series explores and deconstructs six popular foods; three of them, wheat, eggs and garlic will be showcased at this inaugural event. To add to the fun, The Gibsons Farm Collective will be on site selling eggs and greens. (Last time they joined the film fun, everyone sold out of their produce and the audience loved it.) Add in door prizes from Sustainable Coast magazine and Salish Soils and it’s a full evening of fun.
Food has fueled and propelled humans throughout their evolution. The story of food is the story of humanity and its culture. But, where we once enjoyed an intimate, tactile, nourishing and soulful relationship with food, we are now largely disconnected from it and oblivious to its source. Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing Our Food System aims to change this.
Steinman collaborates with chefs, farmers, scientists and backyard gardeners to explore the foods detailed in each short film. Where to they come from? How are they processed? And how can we grow them sustainably?
Deconstructing Dinner began as a weekly radio talk show and podcast in 2006. Steinman created the series after working in restaurants and as a food journalist. The popular show ended in 2010 but has been resurrected as a documentary television series with James Beard Award winning filmmaker Declan O’Driscoll.
This event is produced by Rhizome Up! Media CCC Ltd. in community partnership with the One Straw Society. The One Straw Society works to connect and empower Sunshine Coast residents to create food sovereignty and community resilience. Chris Hergesheimer, One Straw’s Food Systems Network Coordinator of One Straw Society explains, “We chose these films because these products make up such a large portion of what many of us eat. I think the episodes surrounding these three foods will really be eye opening for a lot of people and the Food Action Network is excited to be partnering with the Green Film Series on this event.”
Rhizome Up! Media publishes the online magazine Sustainable Coast along with producing film and other events that bring together community members and organizations on the Coast.