Foodies and cinephiles alike take note: online film journal Reverse Shot and New York food magazine Edible Manhattan present “Eat This Film!,” a monthly summer screening series at 92YTribeca, running from June 9 through September 15, that looks at our relationship to food via the moving image. This series will highlight a unique selection of timely and timeless international features and documentaries. Each screening will be followed by in-depth discussions and Q&As with notable guest speakers, including director Richard Linklater (Before Sunset) and best-selling author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation, Reefer Madness), James Beard Award essayist and author Betty Fussell (Masters of American Cookery, Raising Steaks), celebrated chef Marco Canora (Hearth, Terroir), Greenmarket sheep farmer Eugene Wyatt, and co-directors Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Sweetgrass).
“Edible is happy to be partnering with Reverse Shot, which has the best film writing around, and 92YTribeca, on a series that will bring the worlds of food and film together in new and surprising ways,” says Edible Manhattan’s publisher Brian Halweil.
“Since we founded Reverse Shot,” says editor Michael Koresky, “Jeff Reichert and I have continually sought ways to expand the conversation on cinema. Working with Edible and 92YTribeca on this series really gives us the opportunity to delve into film in a completely different way than we have before, that’s both provocative and close to our hearts. Food needn’t be dramatized on film only for polemical reasons. It’s part of how we live.”
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. “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,” says Koresky.
Read further for ticket and screening info . . .
FILMS AND GUEST SPEAKERS
Wed Jun 9: Fast Food Nation
Screening starts at 7:30 pm
Richard Linklater’s brilliant, humane, freeform fictional adaptation of Eric Schlosser‘s nonfiction bestseller never got the audience it richly deserved. More than just an exposé of the meat and processed food industries, Linklater’s Fast Food Nation is a sprawling, frightening survey of contemporary culture, prismatically told through the lives of a group of characters—from corporate puppet-men to exploited Mexican immigrants—who converge in one nowheresville Colorado town. An exhilarating rant against industrial food and an entrenched hierarchical system that encourages exploitation right down the line, Fast Food Nation is one of the most courageous recent American films.
Acclaimed director Richard Linklater and investigative journalist and best-selling author Eric Schlosser will join us for a discussion of this underrated work.
Wed Jul 14: Cooking History
Screening starts at 7:30 pm
Who knew that the common thread linking victory over the Nazis in World War II, the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, the French-Algerian conflict, and the dissolution of Josep Tito’s regime was nothing more than a pinch of salt? Military cuisine takes an unlikely, central role in a vast spectrum of crucial events in Péter Kerekes’s, perceptive, persuasive and hilariously droll documentary, which delves into the regional foods that powered history via the cooks that prepared them. Conflict never looked so appetizing.
Betty Fussell, cineaste essayist and author of many books including Raising Steaks: The Life and Times of American Beef, Masters of American Cookery, and the memoir My Kitchen Wars, will join us for a post-screening discussion.
Wed Aug 11: The Tree of Wooden Clogs
Discussion starts at 7:00 pm, screening at 7:30 pm.
Ermanno Olmi, one of the great realists of Italian cinema, won the Palme d’or at Cannes for this epic study of a year in a peasant farming community in late nineteenth century. Cast with local peasants and farmers, The Tree of Wooden Clogs is an authentic, intensely moving experience, focusing on the daily struggles of its central families with stunning unsentimentality, Olmi’s film is one of cinema’s most generous, aesthetically sophisticated tributes to the life of the farmer.
Celebrated chef and restaurateur Marco Canora (Hearth, Terroir), a major proponent of cucina povera cooking, whose new cookbook, Salt to Taste, was nominated for a 2010 James Beard Award, will introduce the film and discuss how his cooking has been influenced by Italian peasant culture.
Wed Sep 15: Sweetgrass
Screening starts at 7:30 pm
Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s astonishing experiential documentary follows a flock of sheep on a three-month journey through Montana’s Beartooth Mountains as they search for grazing grass. Yet this elegant, largely wordless film is about more than simply the annual routines of sheep and their herders: it’s a story of the American west’s very ecosystem. Featuring gorgeous cinematography and patient, immersive storytelling, Sweetgrass is one of the best nonfiction films in years. Barbash will join us for a post-screening discussion.
Local sheep farmer Eugene Wyatt from Catskill Merino Sheep Farm and Directors Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor will shed light on raising and filming sheep.
Tickets at: www.92YTribeca.org/Film