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Free food film fest launches tonight


Watch films about food for free this week at the Better Boys Foundation’s second annual “Sundown in K-Town” film festival. The event, themed “Dig In! A West Side Film Festival About Food” screens movies that address food topics concerning West Side residents, including African-American foodways and cultural traditions; obesity, diabetes, and other food-related diseases that plague inner-city communities; food deserts and lack of access to healthy foods; hunger in America; urban gardening; and the politics of the school lunch system.

The screenings take place from tonight through Friday, Aug. 9, beginning at 8:15 p.m. each evening in the courtyard of the Foundation Centerm 1512 S. Pulaski Road. Along with independent feature films, the event will show short films about food by the Better Boys Foundation’s FilmLAB youth apprentices. Following the screenings, a panel of experts will discuss the related issues.

Tuesday, Aug. 6:

  • “Lunch Line” (2010), directed by Michael Graziano and Ernie Park
  • “Yuck” (2012), directed by Zachary Maxwell
  • “Love and Peaches” (2013), directed by Kenneth Clair (FilmLAB)
  • Panelists: Leslie Fowler , executive director of Chicago Public Schools’ Nutrition Support Services; Danielle Hrzic, president and co-founder of Gourmet Gorilla; and Jill Camber Davidson, school program manager for Action for Healthy Kids.

Wednesday, Aug. 7:

  • “A Place at the Table” (2012), directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush
  • “Food Fight” (2013), by Earth Amplified
  • “Veggie Tales” (2013), directed by Angelo Williams (Film LAB)
  • Panelists: Steven McCullough, vice president of community partnerships for the Greater Chicago Food Depository; Martha Bayne, founder of Soup and Bread; Lilah Handler, Cooking Matters coordinator

Thursday, Aug. 8:

  • “Urban Roots” (2011), directed by Mark MacInnis
  • “Growing Power Community Garden” (2010), directed by Carmine Cervi
  • Panelists: Will Pool and Corinthia Federick, Loud Grade Produce Squad; Michael Webb, Inspiration Kitchens garden manager

Friday, Aug. 9:

  • “Soul Food Junkies” (2012), directed by Byron Hurt
  • “Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie” (2005), directed by Bailey Barash
  • “The New Original Pine Valley Restaurant” (2013), directed by LaShawnda Lampley (FilmLAB)
  • Panelists: Milos Stehlik, executive director of Facets Multi-Media; Louisa Chu, WBEZ food contributor