Free Screening for Schools: CAFETERIA MAN


This is a free event for Middle and High School students and teachers.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

San Francisco Film Society Cinema

1746 Post Street, San Francisco, CA

Cafeteria Man SFGFF’s mission is to organize and present forward-thinking programs of films and discussions that inspire environmental action and advocacy. Our annual Student Education Program aims to educate and inspire Bay Area youth to become active participants in protecting our planet and to encourage youth interest and involvement in documentary filmmaking.

The 2012 program includes the award-winning film Cafeteria Man, as well as selected short student films and guest speakers.

Cafeteria Man (USA, 2011, 60 mins)

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 Pollan, First Lady Michelle Obama and Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass.

**This is a FREE event but please RSVP as space is limited**

To register student groups please contact Elise DuFour at 415-609-4359 or [email protected] with “SF Green Film Festival/Schools” in the subject line.

This film is recommended for grades 6-12.