Edible Austin and the Paramount Theatre will present a second Austin community screening of FRESH on December 5, for our 2009 kickoff of Edible Austin Eat Local Week, our annual week-long celebration of local food and fundraiser for Urban Roots. This event will feature special appearances and a panel talk-back with one of the the film's featured stars (to be announced) and FRESH director, Ann Sofia Joanes. There will also be opportunities to meet and talk to many of Austin's local food nonprofit and support groups at the event.The $100 tickets are the best seats in the house and will include admission to the pre-screening reception for our special guests to be held at the State Theatre lobby featuring some of Austin's top local chefs preparing locally sourced food tastings and local beverages and cocktails.ABOUT THE FILM: FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Listen to an interview with FRESH film director Ana Sofia Joanes by Marla Camp on the Edible Communities Show on Heritage Radio NetworkABOUT EAT LOCAL WEEK: Of course every week is "eat local week" in our book, but Eat Local Week, our winter fundraiser event, is an invitation to Central Texans to explore and celebrate the abundance of local food and to raise money for Urban Roots, a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and to increase the access of healthy food in Austin. 15 farm interns, ages 14-17, are hired to work from February to July, growing more than 22,000 lbs of produce every year donating 40% of that to hunger relief and selling 60% at farmers' markets and farm stands run by the farm interns.
Added by Upcoming Robot on November 23, 2009