“Food Fight” adds to the new wave of local and slow food media like King Corn, The Future of Food, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, Super Size Me, Black Gold, The Meatrix and other short films, Animal Vegetable Miracle, 100 Mile Diet, Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, Slow Food Nation, The Future of Food and many other books, and a myriad of great local food blogs and websites.
If you have seen most of those movies and read most of those books and websites, you may not learn a whole lot from watching “Food Fight.” But it does have some great interviews with Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, and Wolfgang Puck. The film also spends a large portion of time following the history of Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse, which is interesting. And it spends a few inspiring moments following Will Allen, who just won the MacArthur Award for his work in inner-city Milwaukee.
Overall, my hopes were too high for this movie. I really, really, really wanted to like it and to give it a glowing review. As a documentary director and editor myself, I think the filmmakers have a lot of great material here, but need another pass at the editing: it lacks cohesion and doesn’t quite capture the energy, vitality, and diversity of the local food movement. Having said that, however, I am glad I saw it – it is a film that has added value to my life, unlike many films out there.
Ann Marie (who writes a great deal about local food) sent me this film and asked that I write about a November 8th screening in LA. Due to the crazy week last week – full of an election, writing a huge grant application, getting the Sustainable Capitol Hill website up, and working on the a new business – I was unable to post about it in time for the screening. I apologize! But there is a Facebook group and a website, where you can sign up to receive screening information for your area. And there are more video clips on Food Fight‘s YouTube page.
- Treehugger: ”Food Fight Is (Mostly) Delicious”
- The Ethicuriam: ”New Documentary ‘Food Fight’ is More of a Lovefest”
- EATS Blog: ”Fighting The Good Food Fight“
- Michael Ruhlman: ”Food Fight: A Documentary”
- Cheeseslave: ”Food Fight!”