food, inc.

Cinematters at Passing Clouds is a weekly Sunday film club, bringing you the films that MATTER.

SUNDAY 12TH DECEMBER: Cinematters presents

FOOD INC, 2009, 94 mins, dir Robert Kenner

plus short documentary SPIRIT OF THE WICK (2009), 12 mins, dir Rebecca Feiner

HOSTED BY Stephen Wilson (Treehouse Cafe/ People's Kitchen), Ben Mackinnon (e5 Bakehouse) and Lisa Stockton (Happy Kitchen/ London Leader)

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

Followed by a discussion on alternative food production in London led by Stephen Wilson, Ben Mackinnon and Lisa Stockton.

Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature

"Does for the supermarket what 'Jaws' did for the beach."
- John Anderson, Variety

This 12 minute free form documentary contradicts the glossy propaganda promises of Olympic regeneration of Hackney Wick, and captures the current spirit and creative freedom of the area.

It explores the 2009 Hackney Wicked arts festival. Now an annual event, the festival is organised by the artistic enclave living and working in the shadow of London's 2012 Olympics site, whose high security walls and infamous "blue gates" have sliced Hackney Wick in half. From now to 2012 the CCTV camera's will continue to encroach on the current freedoms and expressions of creativity unless they are corporate and officially sponsored.

Rebecca Feiner is a film maker and artist who is available for Q & A about the film.

Doors: 6.30pm, Film starts 7.00pm

Healthy and cheap food available from the People's Kitchen!
Come down from 2pm to help prepare the food!

Followed by the PASSING CLOUDS SUNDAY JAM SESSION from 9pm - late