I love a good movie and when that good movie is talking about food I’m even happier! Here is where The Reel Food Film Festival comes in. Playing two food-centric films, the festival hopes to highlight two big issues in the food world. Both movies and assorted shorts are being played at the Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch (120 Metcalfe). Admission is free – but a $5 donation is suggested to help cover costs. Doors open at 6pm with movies starting at 6:30pm. Let’s talk more about these films! From the press release:

Thursday, March 24

Dive! Jeremy Seifert, USA, 2010, 55 mins

Inspired by a curiosity about the US’s country’s careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food – resulting in an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action. http://www.divethefilm.com

Wednesday March 30

La reine maladePascal Sanchez, Quebec, 2009, 90mins,

French with English sub-titles

Anciet Desrochers loves bees and it shows.  Since taking charge of his parents’ Hautes Laurentides hives in 1998 Anciet has witnessed a spectacular collapse of the world’s bee colonies – a collapse that endangers our food systems and our ecosystems.  This film is the story of a beekeeper who does things differently, to great success.  Over the past several seasons, Pascal Sanchez has documented the Desrochers family’s creativity and passion for their age-old profession, their use of traditional and modern techniques to protect their queens from predators and bad weather, and their concern about our food system and declining pollination.  Anciet’s efforts to develop virus and disease resistant queens and strengthen his colonies have brought him international renown as an expert on sustainable agriculture but, as Sanchez’ film shows, he’s not interested in fame.  He just loves bees.  

The Reel Food Film Festival is presented by Just Food, USC Canada, World Inter-Action Mondiale (WIAM), and the Ottawa Good Food Box.

Hope to see you all there!