The 2015 Food & Farm Film Fest will take place on April 17th, 18th, and 19th at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. We can't wait to welcome you to our third annual festival!

Click on any film's title to purchase tickets.


Opening Night Shorts Program 

7:00 PM ••• APRIL 17   

Are sugar executives the new drug dealers? 
What's the best way to eat tomatoes while jogging? 
How do sheep dogs learn to herd sheep? 
What is radical mycology? 
Is ice cream good for you?

All these and so many more mind-expanding questions will be asked and answered during this year's opening night shorts program. Take a journey with us through 18 short films guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and head for the kitchen. After the films, walk with us to Four Barrel Coffee at 375 Valencia Street to continue the conversation. 


Man In The Maze (Phil Buccellato, 2014) (WINNER, Sundance Short Film Challenge)
The Dealer (Jamie DeWolf, 2014)
Little Haleh The Traveler Doll (Mohsen Rezapour, 2013)
Fungiphilia Rising (Madison McClintock, 2014)
Bread Elegant (Holly Hey, 2014)
Sugar Rush (Yvonne Zacharias, 2014)
Guardians of Apricot Lane (John Chester, 2014)
Tomatan (International Business Times, 2015)
Ice Cream (Healthy Eating) (Jeremy Galante & David Cowles, 2014)
FOOD (Siqi Song, 2014) (Real Food Media Contest Finalist)
Steadfast (Jay Castro, 2014)
The Goat (James Button, 2013)
Lola’s (Philip Abraham, 2014)
The Taste of Korea (Jaebin Han, 2013)
Verrückt: The Snail Farmer of Vienna (Kevin Longa, 2014) (Real Food Media Contest Finalist)
A Craftsman (The Perennial Plate, Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine, 2014)
Seeding a Dream (Bridget Besaw, 2014)
Biochar (The Lexicon of Sustainability, Douglas Gayeton & Laura Howard-Gayeton, 2014)

Served with: TBD

Your ticket also includes entry to our opening night celebration at Four Barrel Coffee (375 Valencia St). Join us for free food from Bi Rite Market, local wine and beer, and a celebration of all things food, farm, and film!



4:00 PM ••• APRIL 18

(Costa Boutsikaris & Emmett Brennan, 2014, 120 minutes)

Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what's possible - what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.

Served with: TBD


7:00 PM ••• APRIL 18

(Juzo Itami, 1985, 110 minutes)

Tampopo is a classic surrealist food comedy set at a truck stop ramen shop. The heroine, Tampopo ("Dandelion") is a widow struggling to keep her ramen shop going. Two passing truck drivers take her under the wing and, through a series of subplots and antics, Tampopo learns the tricks, skills, and recipes she needs to make her ramen the best in the region. Truly a food classic and not to be missed!

Served with: Ramen!


East Side Sushi

9:30 PM ••• APRIL 18

East Side Sushi introduces us to Juana, a working-class Latina single mother who strives to become a sushi chef.

Years of working in the food industry have made Juana’s hands fast—very fast. She can slice and dice anything  you throw at her with great speed and precision. Forced to  give up her fruit-vending cart in order to find a more secure job, Juana lands a position as a kitchen assistant at a local Japanese restaurant. It is there she discovers a new  friendship and a whole new world of cuisine and culture, far-removed from everything she has ever known.

While working in the restaurant’s kitchen, Juana secretly observes the sushi chefs and eventually teaches herself to make a multitude of sushi. Her creativity sparked, Juana’s re-ignited passion for food drives her to want more from her job and her life.

Eventually she attempts to become a sushi chef, but is unable to because she is the “wrong” race and gender. Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream.


The Forgiving Earth:

Food Justice & Urban Agriculture Shorts Program

4:00 PM ••• APRIL 19

We are proud to present our third annual Food Justice & Urban Agriculture shorts program, focused on how food and farming can play a role in helping resilient communities heal from social, racial, and economic injustices. Short films take us from Haiti to India and from Ferguson to Oakland, showing us the ravages of industrial food and social systems worldwide, and how local activists work with food and the land to restore their communities.  

Our final film, the 30-minute documentary The Forgiving Earth, documents the voices of Detroit’s 21st century urban farmers as they toil, against all odds, to transform a bankrupt city into a “green and pleasant land.”  Each voice in the film tells a singular story of restoring the earth in order to overcome the effects of drug abuse, incarceration, racism, injustice, poverty, or neglect. Ultimately, these voices converge in a chorus of private dreams, public outrage and hopes for Detroit’s regrowth.

Kombit (Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, 2014) (Sundance Short Film Challenge Winner)
At Needle Point (Jamie DeWolf, 2014) (Real Food Media Contest Winner)
Better Chicken (Raegan Hodge, 2014)
#Plant4PeaceSTL (Corinne McAfee, 2014)
Dear Dilla (Konee Rok, 2014)
Hunger in India  (Neerav Doshi, 2014)
The Last Scream (Alex Ogou, 2012)
The Forgiving Earth: Voices from Detroit's Urban Farms (H. James Gilmore, 2013)

Served with: TBD

The Search for General Tso

7:00 PM ••• APRIL 19

(Ian Cheney, 2015, 71 minutes)

Who was General Tso, and why are we eating his chicken? 

This mouthwateringly entertaining film travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery. General Tso’s chicken is a staple of Chinese-American cooking, and a ubiquitous presence on restaurant menus across the country. But just who was General Tso? And how did his chicken become emblematic of an entire national cuisine? Director Ian Cheney (King Corn, The City Dark) journeys from Shanghai to New York to the American Midwest and beyond to uncover the origins of this iconic dish, turning up surprising revelations and a host of humorous characters along the way. Told with the verve of a good detective story,The Search for General Tso is as much about food as it is a tale of the American immigrant experience. 

Served with: General Tso's Chicken from Mister Jiu's