Movie awards season may be past us and spring vegetables still ahead of us, but this weekend the film-related fun continues and the farm fun kicks off as Slow Food North Shore and Cinema Arts Centre present Long Island’s 4th Annual Food & Film Feast on Sunday, March 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
They’ll screen nine micro-short films (averaging around 4 – 6 minutes long). Local farmers, food providers, health experts and filmmakers will speak and open some of the topics for discussion.
Interspersed with the nutrition for the mind will be five courses of flavor for the tastebuds in the form of a delicious locally sourced dinner by iEatGreen’s Bhavani Jaroff and volunteers from Slow Food North Shore. There will even be a taste-off, as attendees compare hydroponically grown and organically grown lettuces.
“It’s a great format for short films,” says Cinema Arts Centre co-director Dylan Skolnick. “We try to do mostly new films that work around the speaker. There are a lot of great short films being made but no real forum available so people don’t find them. We really want to showcase them.”
Courtney Pure of the LI Regional Seed Consortium will start things off with the film Deeply Rooted and a serving of LI Island Cheese Pumpkin Soup. The films Leafy Green Machine and Keep the Soil in Organic will go head to head and Jonathan Bernard from Square Root Farm and Ray Wellen from Green Thumb Organic Farm will face off over hydroponics and organics, both in discussion and in serving up greens from both growing methods in the salad course.
Home Flavored, a film about marketing food to Latinos, will be followed by a talk from a pediatric and adolescent specialist Dr. Howard Hinestroza, who works with the local Hispanic population. On the plates will be black bean tamales with rice. A vegetable quinoa paella will accompany a talk by Rosemarie McCarthy of Harmony Café who wants to bring a Bono-style pay-what-you-want restaurant to the area and the film will be Everybody Eats.
For dessert the films will be Saving Sap with Sheryl Brook from Hoyt Farm speaking and The Gateway Bug—about insects as food—with filmmakers Johanna Kelly and Cameron Marshad on hand to talk about making the film. And the dessert itself will be gluten-free linzer tart type cookies and—for the adventurous—cookies made with cricket flour.
“One of the things we are trying to do at Slow Foods is to be forward thinking, and people are now farming crickets as a source of protein,” says Bhavani Jaroff, who will be preparing the food and sharing seeds from the LI Cheese pumpkins that she grows in her own garden and that will be in the soup at the Food and Film Fest. She herself is a vegetarian, so she hasn’t tried them.
Lagniappe honors go to two films about local farms working with autistic young adults and representatives speaking about the projects: Elija Farm (farm manager Dylan Licopoli) and Orkestai Farm (founder Alethea Vasilas).
The event is expected to last about three hours. Tickets start at $60 for Slow Food/Cinema members, $70 for nonmembers and are $75 at the door. For tickets visit https://tinyurl.com/zsczged