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- CAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE! (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: Spring Pasta from Baia Pasta

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 and True Story Foods, local wine, beer from Linden Street Brewing 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: Kale Chips


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 from Aedan Fermented Foods


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.

Served with: Spicy Tuna Rolls from TwoXSea


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.

The films will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by SPUR's Eli Zigas, with Doria Robinson of Urban Tilth, Doron Comercho of LifeLab, Cat Chang of the Oakland Food Policy Council, and Jamie DeWolf of The Bigger Picture Project.

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: Alemany Farm Salad

About the Speakers

Doria Robinson is 3rd generation Richmond resident, California and the Executive Director of Urban Tilth, a community based organization rooted in Richmond dedicated to cultivating a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. Doria has also worked on organic farms in Western Massachusetts where she attended Hampshire, at Veritable Vegetable a women owned organic produce distribution company, Real Food Company and Mixed Nuts Food Co-op. She is passionate about exploring how physical, social and economic health is dependent upon ecological health; how the restoration of one depends on the restoration of the other. Doria was recognized as Environmental Advocate of the Year for Contra Costa County and as Woman of the Year for Contra Costa County in 2010 and in 2011 she was presented with a Community Resiliency Leadership Award from Bay Localize. Doria currently lives in the neighborhood she grew up in in Richmond with her wonderful11 year old twins.

Jamie DeWolf is an American slam poet and spoken word comedian from Oakland, California. DeWolf is a writer, poet, editor, producer, photographer, and director. He is best known for his work with the slam poetry trio The Suicide Kings, hosting Tourettes Without Regrets at the Oakland Metro OperaHouse, and for his work as a producer on NPR's Snap Judgment. DeWolf has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry. DeWolf directed, wrote and starred in the feature film Smoked. Jamie is also a mentor for Youth Speaks, the nation’s leading presenter of Spoken Word education. He’s performed and lead writing workshops at over 130 universities, high schools and juvenile detention centers across the U.S, and hosted the first-ever slam poetry competition at San Quentin Penitentiary.

Doron Comerchero is the co-founder and director of “Food, What?!”– a youth empowerment and food justice program in Santa Cruz, California, using food and sustainable agriculture, as the vehicle for growing strong, healthy, and inspired teens.  Roots deep in the East Coast, Doron spent most of his 20’s bouncing around the South Bronx as a community organizer and outreach coordinator for NYC’s community gardening program, GreenThumb. Rich soil called, and he found himself having transitioned from city life to living in a tent on a beautiful piece of farmland in Santa Cruz as an apprentice at the UCSC Farm and Garden.  To continue to build his toolkit to eventually create “Food, What?!” he decided to try on his hat farming full time as part of a crew on a 50-acre site in Western Massachusetts called Food Bank Farm. Doron returned to Santa Cruz in 2007 to start FoodWhat at Life Lab (a local non-profit). 

Cat Chang leads an Oakland-based architecture and urban design firm, Andrews + Chang, focused on supporting and creating regenerative ecological, agricultural and cultural footprints within cities. As an Architecture and Community Design professor at University of San Francisco, she leads students in developing local and international community-based projects, many of which include food production and preparation. Her research seeks to understand how infrastructure in cities can incorporate sustainable measures for intermodal transportation, stormwater management, food production and increased bio-diversity while enriching neighborhoods. Recent projects include creekside parks, urban farms and propagation facilities, portions of the Bay Trail and green schoolyards. She provided residents of South Prescott in West Oakland with new landscape designs as a part of a groundbreaking EPA toxic lead treatment project. Cat also serves on advisory committees and speaks at public appearances for various Bay Area cities, media outlets and institutions.

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