San Francisco Premiere: CAFETERIA MAN ~ with 'Chew the Fat: Reinventing School Lunches' panel

Sun 03.04 // 1:00 PM SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St. CAFETERIA MAN Richard Chisolm USA, 2011, 65 min. San Francisco Premiere. In Person: Richard Chisolm Buy Tickets Cafeteria Man Follow Tony Geraci, a charismatic chef from New Orleans, on his passionate and tenacious journey to kick-start school lunch reform serving 83,000 students in Baltimore’s public schools. As the new food-service director, Geraci goes on a food crusade to change the face of child nutrition and proposes a completely different paradigm from what existed in the Baltimore school system. Battling bureaucracy and a system resistant to change every step of the way, the film explores the daunting task of making healthy and nutritious meals available to all Baltimore students. With unstoppable passion and commitment, Geraci and his team work with these inner city youth to harvest vegetables at the school’s 33-acre teaching farm nearby, to prepare and create student-designed menus and meals. His bold vision introduces meatless Mondays into the school menu, nutrition education in the classroom and a citywide culinary vocational training program. “It’s about trying to help a city heal itself using food as a vehicle,” says Geraci in the film. Voices and images of students, parents, teachers, administrators and farmers are woven throughout the film. With appearances by food activist and best-selling author Michael Pollen, First Lady Michelle Obama and Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass. Winner of the CINE Golden Eagle Award 2011. ~ Daniela Rible Preceded by: Dig It!, Dona Turner, USA, 2010, 7 mins. In Person: Dona Turner. It Starts with Me: The Time is Now and 2day=2morrow, USA, 2011, 1 min. In Person: student film winners of the 2011 Pollution Prevention Video Contest, sponsored by the Department of Toxic Substances Control and SFGFF. Short awards presentation will precede the screening.
Screening will be followed by Chew the Fat: Reinventing School Lunches panel. After watching Cafeteria Man please just us and filmmaker Richard Chisolm for a panel discussion around agriculture and the challenges of eating locally and sustainably within our current system. We will talk with panelist who are meeting those challenges while dealing with the established norms of institutions and systems geared in the opposite direction. We hope to provoke a conversation that will motivate those in their community to ignite or flame the movement around food security, health, and sustainability. Panelists include: ~ Karen Brown, Creative Director, Center for Ecoliteracy ~ Richard Chisolm, director, Cafeteria Man ~ Helen de Michiel, ~ Christina Goette, MPH, Sr. Health Program Planner, San Francisco Department of Public Health ~ DeAnthony Jones, 2010 Brower Youth Award Winner ~ Rivka Mason, School Garden Teacher, Berkeley Unified School District ~ Willa Murphy, Student Activist, Senior, Sir Francis Drake High School, Founder & President, Drake Youth Politics Club