Movies: Field & Screen: Films About Our Food

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

This February, the Wexner Center is examining our love of food.

Among the 10 films making up the Field & Stream series are several food-porn flicks sure to get the heart racing. Others, like the acclaimed documentary Food Inc., are graphic in a different way.

The monthlong event begins with a Feb. 3 discussion about the future of local foods. Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams will join Jaime Moore of Marysville's Wayward Seed Farms for "AgriCulture," a conversation moderated by Amy Bodiker from the sustainable-foods-focused Chefs Collaborative.

The movie lineup includes The End of the Line, a 2009 Michael Moore-style doc following reporter Charles Clover as he investigates fish farming and overfishing. Darwin's Nightmare, about the effect of Nile Perch on communities and ecosystems, will be paired with Black Gold, about the struggles of coffee bean farmers, for a double-feature on Feb. 18.

Wrapping up the series is a feel-good food movie, Babette's Feast. Gabriel Axel's 1987 film brings a soothing, if slow-moving, reminder of the truly enjoyable experience of cooking and eating.

After most screenings, the nonprofit group Local Matters will offer ways to take action on points made in the films. And before the final double-feature on Feb. 25, local farm representatives will be available with information about their CSA programs.

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"Field & Screen: Films About Our Food"

When: Feb. 3-25

Where: Wexner Center for the Arts, Campus