Bon Appetit - Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend October 12, 13 & 14, 2018 at Centre Wakefield La Peche
September 16, 2018
Four tasty films about our relationship to food - growing it, preparing it and eating it.
Tickets are $15 and or Weekend Pass - 4 tickets for $50 and 10% off at participating restaurants: Bistro Rutherford, bistrorutherford.ca, 819-459-2100 La Confiserie, laconfiserie.ca, 819-459-1177 Le Hibou, cafelehibou.com, 819-459-8883 Les Fougères, fougeres.com, 819-827-8942
Nikosi Bistro Pub nikosibistropub.com 819-459-3773 The Village House, thevillagehouse759.com, 819-459-1445 MJMD Pizza de Luigi, mjmdluigipizza.ca, 819-827-2882 Moulin Wakefield Mill, wakefieldmill.com, 819-459-1838
MODIFIED d Aube Giroux, Canada, 2017, 87 min, English & French w English subtitles Friday, October 12 @ 7:30pm
Both intense personal story and thorough, fascinating investigative journey, MODIFIED asks why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labelled on food products in Canada and the USA, despite being labelled in 64 countries around the world. The human core of the story comes from the rich food legacy director Giroux inherits from her mother, an avid gardener and food activist. As people on both sides of the labeling issue speak out, MODIFIED exposes the cozy relationship between agribusiness and government, and along the way, a very strong case is made for a more sustainable and transparent food system. Eight awards to date, including Audience Choice Award (Lunenburg Doc Fest 2017) and Best French-Canadian Film (Rendez-Vous Québec Cinéma 2018) "Enlightening and powerful!" chef and author Jacques Pépin.
CHEF FLYNN d Cameron Yates, USA, 2018, 83 min, English Saturday, October 13 @ 4pm
CHEF FLYNN is a portrait of Flynn McGarry, probably the most wondrous wunderkind ever to hit the American culinary scene. At age 10, he corralled neighbourhood kids to act as line cooks; at 12, he founded a supper club at home; at 16, he garnered a NYTimes Magazine cover story. A genuine, self-taught and precocious gastronomic genius, it seems Flynn's every childhood move was captured by his mother, Meg – footage which provides back story when director Yates tells his tale. We feel the sting of online backlash to his emergence on the scene – and there's something ever-so-slightly unsettling about Meg's obsessive, sometimes oppressive parenting. That said, CHEF FLYNN shines as a showcase of Flynn's bewilderingly advanced culinary skills! World Premiere, Sundance; International Premiere, Berlin.
THE HEAT: A KITCHEN (R)EVOLUTION d Maya Gallus, Canada, 2018, 75 min, English Saturday, October 13 @ 7:30pm
There's something radical about the chefs in THE HEAT: A KITCHEN (R)EVOLUTION: none are men. Veteran documentarian Maya Gallus's timely film shows how gifted women are transforming kitchen culture and grappling with its hierarchies and misogyny. Visiting with pioneering chefs in France, London, New York and Toronto, we see that not all female chefs have given up the hierarchical game – there seems to be some payback! – but THE HEAT concerns itself with why more attention is not paid to the few women who counter the macho stereotype of culinary cowboys ruling over fiercely stratified kitchens. While a generation fought to get out of the kitchen, another is fighting to get back in – and to be in quiet control. Opening Night Film, Hot Docs 2018.
SEEDS OF TIME d Sandy McLeod, USA, 2015, 77 min, English Sunday, October 14 @ 4pm
A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Agricultural crop diversity has declined dramatically – less than seven percent of the diversity in U.S. vegetable crops remain that existed a century ago. Seed banks crumble, crop failures produce starvation and rioting, and accelerating climate change effects affect farmers globally. Indigenous Peruvian farmers are suffering those effects, as they work to save over 1,500 varieties of native potato. With little time to waste, both Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate, personal journeys to save one resource we cannot live without: our seeds. "SEEDS OF TIME stands out as truly exceptional...it's just riveting filmmaking, a story swiftly and beautifully told." Margaret Mead Film Festival.