Thoughts on the Movie "FRESH"

FRESH MOVIE SPOILER ALERT: Local food is better for you and for the environment. freshimageOK, now that's out of the way... I had a terrific time at the Minneapolis screening of the documentary FRESH at Bryant Lake Bowl last night. The 6:30 screening was followed by an (almost) equally interesting panel discussion, featuring local food heroes Jeremy Iggers (TC Foodies), Rhys Williams (Coop Partners), Kristin Tombers (Clancy's), Lonny and Sandy Dietz (local organic farmers), and ana Sophia joanes, the filmmaker. Here are a few quick notes on the film:

  • The film is upbeat, funny, and touching - and sometimes heartbreaking.
  • The film is not pedantic, and shows that there are multiple sides to the complex story of food.
  • The film is not overly graphic - it's not a study of slaughterhouses.
  • The film celebrates the local, sustainable food movement, showing a true appreciation for the people involved, including Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin, and Will Allen.

I'm pretty sure tonight's showing at the Riverview Theater is sold out, but there might still be space at the Birchwood Cafe's after party. If you've already got tickets, you're in for a treat. If you haven't got tickets but are interested in local food, I highly recommend it.