May 31 SFGFF presents: FOOD STAMPED with filmmaker Q&A

JFood Stampedoin us on May 31 at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center to launch our 2012 community screenings series:


Special screening and Q&A with Bay Area filmmakers Shira and Yoav Potash Moderated by Julian Mocine-McQueen, Campaign and Partnerships Manager, Green For All

Thursday, May 31

Ninth Street Independent Film Center

145 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

7:00-7:30 pm Drinks and networking

7:30 pm Film screening and filmmaker Q&A


Food Stamped

Shira and Yoav Potash, USA, 2011, 62 mins.

Is it possible to eat healthy on a food stamp budget? This informative and humorous documentary film follows nutritionist Shira Potash and her documentary filmmaker husband Yoav as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Shira teaches healthy cooking classes to elementary students in low-income neighborhoods, most of whom are eligible for food stamps. In an attempt to to walk a mile in their shoes, Shira and Yoav embark on the "Food Stamp Challenge", eating on roughly one dollar per meal. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system.



$12 Regular

$11 Student/Senior/Disabled

Tickets include film screening and light refreshments.

Space is limited so please get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Please note: we can accept cash only at the door.

TRANSIT The Film Center is located at 145 9th Street between Mission & Howard. It is 2 blocks south from Civic Center BART and Market Street MUNI lines. Click for map/directions.



*** Don't miss the filmmakers discussing the film on Tuesday, May 29 at 10:00am on "Your Call" with Rose Aguilar, KALW 91.7 FM. ***

Shira Potash is a certified nutrition educator with a Masters of Science in Community Health Education. She is currently a project manager for Kaiser Permanente’s national employee wellness program, Healthy Workforce, where she produced a series of cooking videos for employees. She has also produced videos for other non-profit nutrition education programs such as Cooking with Kids and Project EAT. In her private nutrition practice, Sprouts Nutrition, Shira works one-on-one with clients of all ages to guide them towards optimum health.This is her first film.

Yoav Potash’s work addresses important social issues of our day. Yoav recently produced and directed Crime After Crime, a documentary about the legal battle to free a victim of abuse from a California prison. Crime After Crime premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has won a dozen major film festival awards, including the Audience Award and the Golden Gate Award for Investigative Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Justice Matters Prize at the Washington DC International Film Festival, and the Grand Prize at the San Antonio Film Festival. For his advocacy, Yoav was the first filmmaker to be honored by the California Women’s Law Center with their Pursuit of Justice Award.

Yoav has also produced short documentaries and videos for many companies and nonprofits, including Apple Computer, Neutrogena and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation to name a few. He has taught film courses at the Bay Area Video Coalition and Academy of Art University, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he received the university’s top prize in creative writing.


Julian Mocine-McQueen is the Campaign and Partnerships Manager for Green For All, a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Julian works with people around the country who are putting government investment dollars to work on a local level to build the green economy. As the facilitator of the Green For All Academy, he trains leaders with the tools they need to communicate the promise of the green economy and to engage disadvantaged communities in support of green jobs and climate protection strategies. Julian has been featured in The Nation, Wiretap magazine and The San Francisco Xpress, and has been recognized by the California Labor Archives for excellence in writing. Julian is an Oakland native and a graduate of San Francisco State University.

"Informative... Entertaining... Inspiring." ~ San Francisco Chronicle

"Food Stamped is a warm, delightful, and entertaining film with a serious message: it’s really difficult to eat healthfully on food stamp (SNAP) benefits even if you are educated, savvy, live near a decent grocery store or farmers’ market, have plenty of time and energy, and are a great cook. Everyone should see this film, especially those who complain about how low-income people use their benefits." ~ Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University, and author of “Food Politics.”

"I love this film! It is eye-opening and sobering, yet delivers its message with a warm heart and terrific spirit. One comes away inspired by our potential for inventiveness, and motivated to activism, rather than feeling defeated." ~ Mollie Katzen, Best-Selling Cookbook Author

"Food Stamped should be seen by anyone and everyone. A surprisingly delightful film given the toughness of the subject." ~ Deborah Madison, Best-Selling Author

Ten Years of Ninth Street

This screening is presented with generous support from the Ninth Street Independent Film Center, where SFGFF is a participant in the 2011/2012 Ninth Street Media Arts Incubator Program. The program provides SFGFF with a work space, use of an 80-seat screening room, and access to other Film Center resources.