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Students Organize Film Festival About Food

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    Film producer Ana Joanes will visit Southwestern March 7, 2012, to talk about her documentary "Fresh." (Photo credit: Dustin Meyer Photography)

Four documentaries will be shown Feb. 8 - March 7

A group of students from Southwestern University has organized a documentary film festival in February and March of 2012 that will focus on the ethics of food. All films are free and open to the public.  

The first three documentaries will be shown on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Olin 105. The schedule for these films is as follows:  

Feb. 8 – “King Corn” with guest speaker Judith McGeary, executive director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance.  

Feb. 15 – “Forks Over Knives” with guest speaker Andrew Smiley, deputy director of the Sustainable Food Center in Austin.  

Feb. 22 – “Food Matters” with guest speaker Brenton Johnson, owner of Johnson’s Backyard Garden in East Austin.

The festival will conclude on Wednesday, March 7, with a screening of the documentary “Fresh.” This film will be shown in the Campus Center Ballrooms at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a talk by producer Ana Joanes.  

The students who have organized the film festival are all members of French Professor Francis Mathieu’s Paideia cohort, which is organized around the theme of the ethics of food. Paideia is an optional three-year program in which participants fulfill requirements in civic engagement, intercultural and diversity experiences, and undergraduate research and creative works in addition to their academic curriculum. Paideia participants are grouped into small cohorts that have frequent small-group seminars with one of the university’s Paideia® Professors.  

The film festival is being held in conjunction with Southwestern’s 34th annual Brown Symposium, which will be held Feb. 27-28. The focus of this symposium is “Back to the Foodture: Sustainable Strategies to Reverse a Global Crisis.” For more information on the symposium, visit http://www.southwestern.edu/academics/brownsymposium/  

For more information on the film festival documentaries, visit http://www.southwestern.edu/academics/brownsymposium/film.php