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Food & Farm Film Fest Returns to San Francisco's Roxie Theater April, 3-6

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The second annual Food & Farm Film Fest comes to the Roxie Theater on April 3-6, 2014. The festival brings together over 24 short and feature-length films in all styles, including documentary, narrative, and animated films. Most films will be new to Bay Area audiences. All films will be paired with a tasty bite from a local restaurant or farmer; pairings include toast from Josey Baker, Goat Hill pizza, mussels from Frjtz, and ice cream from Smitten. Local nonprofit 18 Reasons is teaming up with the Roxie Theater, Bi Rite Market, and Earthbound Farm to present this culinary and cinematic event.

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Anna Lappé of the Real Food Media Project will be on hand to introduce the festival on opening night, where the winner of the Real Food Media Contest will be among the films shown. The Root Division gallery will host an opening celebration with food from Bi Rite Market, Luke’s Local, Good Eggs, SupperShare, and Earthbound Farm’s’ own chef, as well as libations from Deschutes, CaliCraft, and Farm Line Wines.

“This is San Francisco’s only festival that offers participants a feast for all senses while celebrating one of our favorite obsessions -- food -- and the people who grow, make, and sell it,” says Bi Rite Market’s owner, Sam Mogannam. “We are so excited to be back for a second year, with new partners and great new films.”

The festival will consist of nine screenings over four days, with each screening featuring a food pairing from a neighborhood restaurant. Speakers and nonprofits working in the food system, including Youth Speaks, SPUR, and urban farmer and writer Novella Carpenter will also present local perspectives on food and agriculture. Many of the films were made by local filmmakers, including Jason Wolos, director of last year’s opening night hit “Trattoria,” and Carlos Vogele of Pixar.

Local restaurants are joining the fun by providing a delicious bite paired with each film program. Viewers of the opening night shorts program, which includes films about local favorites Josey Baker and Four Barrel Coffee, as well as a tribute to the cult-favorite hot sauce Sriracha, will be treated to Josey’s famous toast served with Sriracha cream cheese. Earthbound Farm’s chef will be on hand to provide a side of spring greens.

According to 18 Reasons’ Executive Director Sarah Nelson, “The festival provides a space where everyone who loves food can get involved, meet new people, and share delicious food. The films give viewers a deep visual connection with farmers, chefs, farm animals, and what it really takes to build a responsible, thriving food system.”

In addition to the films and opening night celebration, festival host 18 Reasons is hosting a special “Goats & Goatees” brunch on Saturday morning, April 5, where farm animals, artists, and film lovers will mingle, share slices of goat cheese quiche, and get ready for the 1:00 screening of “Le Quattro Volte,” the ultimate Italian goat film, accompanied by Goat Hill pizza.

The last screening of the festival, at 7:00 pm on Sunday, is a celebration of coffee and chocolate, followed by a closing celebration at Dandelion Chocolate. Coffee and chocolate treats will be abundant - attendees shouldn’t plan on going to sleep early that night!

All events take place at the Roxie Theater at 3117 16th St, only two blocks from the 16th & Mission BART stop. Parking in the area is quite limited.

Learn more about the festival and see the complete program at www.foodandfarmfilms.com. You can also see trailers for most of the films here:

Sriracha
Josey Builds a Bakery
More Than Honey
American Meat
Le Quattro Volte
Growing Cities
Mussels in Love
The Fruit Hunters
Raising Shrimp
The Way Back to Yarasquin
Nothing Like Chocolate

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