Local Food Connection to host Thursday Night Film Series at Bethel cafe
BETHEL, Feb 02, 2013 (Sun Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The Local Food Connection will begin hosting its Thursday Night Film Series beginning Feb. 7 and continuing until April.
According to Amy Scott, a member of the Local Food Connection, the film series is "a little bit of a repeat of a film series done last summer into the fall, with a few changes."
Some of the movies over the next few months will be repeats from last year's series, she said. "We do have some new movies, though. We'll be showing two movies a month from February to April, so there's six in all."
The first movie in the series is "Symphony of the Soil," which premiers at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Cafe DiCocoa.
"I haven't seen this particular film yet," Scott said. "It came highly recommended to us, and I know it focuses on how soil is a big part of our world. I'm really excited to see it. It was previewed at the Common Ground Fair this year and got a great reception."
Scott said the films being showcased were selected from a database of more than 100 food documentaries.
"We decided to choose movies that we knew were already good, or ones that we could show again at a later date," Scott said.
She praised Cathi DiCocco, owner of Cafe DiCocoa, for allowing the Local Food Connection to host the series at her restaurant.
"She showed up at the Local Food Connection's first meetings and told us we could show our films at Cafe DiCocoa," Scott said. "She's extremely passionate about good food, about local food, and a huge supporter of us."
The Local Food Connection also will host a meeting between local growers and buyers on Feb. 28. The focus will be on microdistribution.
"Transportation has always been a huge barrier for local farmers," Scott said. "For instance, a hospital needs a lot of food, so when they order something like carrots, they sometimes have to order from four different farms, and each farm has different delivery schedules. It can get really complicated."
Scott said that the meeting would "hopefully create structure and provide support for the distribution centers, and help coordinate and streamline their efforts."
The Local Food Connection also will air the film, "What's On Your Plate," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Cafe DiCocoa.
The film series is done in conjunction with Healthy Oxford Hills and the 5-2-1-0 Let's Go! The program advocates five or more fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of recreational screen time, one hour or more of physical activity and zero sugary drinks each day.
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