Online film journal Reverse Shot and Edible Manhattan are teaming up for “Eat This Film!” a monthly screening series that will spotlight between food and the moving image. Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater (“Before Sunset”) will kick off the series, which runs once a month through September in New York, with a screening of his “Fast Food Nation” On June 9th. Czech filmmaker Peter Kerekes’s “Cooking History” will be the focus July 14th, with cineaste essayist and author Betty Fussell leading the discussion, while “The Tree of Wooden Clogs” with chef and restaurateur Marco Canora joining the event will screen in August. Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s doc “Sweetgrass” is on tap for September’s culinary focus.
“It’s the goal of Eat This Film! to expand the dialogue around food and film by bringing together two disparate communities in conversation, both in the screenings themselves and the Q&As accompanying them,” commented Reverse Shot Editor Michael Koresky in a statement. “Whether set in today’s America (‘Fast Food Nation,’ ‘Sweetgrass’), World War II-era Europe (‘Cooking History’), or even among late nineteenth century Italian peasants (‘The Tree of Wooden Clogs’), these films will hopefully engage viewers in a dialogue about agriculture, the role of food in our lives, and issues of sustenance in the world we live in.” [Brian Brooks]