The 2016 Food & Farm Film Fest will take place on April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. We can't wait to welcome you to our third annual festival!

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Opening Night Shorts Program 

7:00 PM ••• APRIL 1 

Our fourth annual Food & Farm Film Fest opens with an incredible program of short films, followed by a celebration at Four Barrel Coffee. Your ticket includes admission to the films and after-party. 

From a western parody about littering to a profile of a local pizza master, our opening night shorts program is a view into the imagination of food makers, growers, and lovers. Take a journey with us through 14 short films you won't see anywhere else. We guarantee you will laugh, cry, and want to head for the kitchen. After the films, walk with us to Four Barrel Coffee at 375 Valencia Street to continue the conversation. 

Candy Crushed (3:54), Jamie Dewolf, 2015
You Are What You Eat (2:49), Charlie McGee, 2015
Ice Dreams (3:50), Jason Gregg, 2015
Kidchup (2:24), Caroluna Veirano, 2015
Seeds of a Nation (2:30), Jyotsna Puthran, 2015
Bake Pizza Ride Bikes (4:00), Michael Evans, 2015
Natural Cake (3:14), Simone Pizzi, 2015
Notorious Corn (1:15), Mallory Grolleau, 2015
Coffee Virgin (1:14), Devon and Hart Perez, 2016
Blending into the American Dream (4:37), David Wells, 2015
Meanwhile at the Farm (2:10), The Factory, 2015
Noodle Deli (13:15) David Liu, 2015
Central Texas BBQ (13:00) Rose Tucker, 2014
Sandorkraut (12:00), Ann Husaini and Emily Lobsenz, 2015
The Timmy Brothers: Water Makers (5:14), Paul Riccio, 2015

Served with: Sausage & Sauerkraut Selection by True Story Foods

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!


Sugar Coated

4:00 PM ••• APRIL 2

(Michèle Hozer, 2015, 90 minutes)

Shown With: Super Chef (Rochelle Rose, 2015, 10:22)

How did the food industry get us to stop asking the question: is sugar toxic?  

It all starts with a secret PR campaign dating back to the 1970s. For forty years, Big Sugar deflected all threats to its multi-billion dollar empire, while sweetening the world’s food supply. As obesity, diabetes, and heart disease rates skyrocket, doctors are now treating the first generation of children suffering from fatty liver disease.  The sugar industry is once again under siege. They dodged the bullet once. Can they do it again?

Follow fearless detectives and researchers as they uncover the secrets behind the Sugar Association's suppression of science linking sugar to diet-related diseases. A film for fans of science and detective stories!

Served with: TBD

Can You Dig This

7:00 PM ••• APRIL 2

(Delila Vellot, 2015, 80 minutes)

Shown with: Pueblote (The Factory, 2015, 7:10)

South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these "gangster gardeners" are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.

"Can You Dig This" follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and "plant some shit." Ron Finley, the "gangster gardener" who started planting vegetables on public curbside land, grew from an unknown urban farmer to give one of the most-watched TED talks of 2014, racking up over 2.5 million views. Come behind the scenes and meet the resilient gardeners and community members behind one of the most extraordinary urban agriculture projects of our times.

Served With: Urban Farm Salad from Alemany Farm


Just Eat It

4:00 PM ••• APRIL 3

(Grant Baldwin, 2014, 75 minutes)

Shown with: Friend (Norberto Moran, 2015, 2:16)

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

Served with: Rescued apples & peanut butter from Imperfect Produce



7 PM ••• APRIL 3

(Lisa Heenan and Isaebella Doherty, 2015, 90 minutes)

Set amidst the stunning Shenandoah Valley in northern Virginia, Polyface Farm is led by the “the world’s most innovative farmer,” Joel Salatin, (TIME) and uses no chemicals and feeds over 6,000 families and many restaurants and food outlets within a 3 hour foodshed of their farm.

‘Polyfaces’ is a joyful film about connecting to the land and the community. Produced over 4 years it follows the Salatins, a 4th generation farming family who do ‘everything different to everyone else’ as they produce food in a way that works with nature, not against it. Using the symbiotic relationships of animals and their natural functions, they produce high quality, nutrient-dense products.

Many of us first became aquainted with the charismatic and independent-minded Salatin when he stole the show in Michael Pollan's classic book, Omnivore's Dilemma. Salatin himself has written many powerful books, including the recent best-seller "Folks, This Ain't Normal." Now we have the chance to spend time on Polyface Farm, experiencing the human culture and deep community that has grown up as a result of Joel's passion for the land, the environment, and his family and community. 

The film shows how Polyface regenerate their landscapes, communities, local economies, customer’s health and most importantly their soils. We meet various characters and follow their powerful, personal journeys as they benefit physically and emotionally from the Salatin’s way of farming. This model is being replicated throughout our global village, proving that we can provide quality produce without depleting our planet.

Served with: "Movie Theater Candy Bar" from The Perennial