Colonial Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Farmers Market will present the “Fresh Film Festival” about American foodways on Friday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Kimball Theatre on Merchants Square in Williamsburg.
The festival will kick off at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, with the premiere of a short film about the Williamsburg Farmers Market produced by Inspirit Creative. Two hour-long documentaries on changing the way Americans eat and America’s young farming community will follow.
Beginning at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, five films and Friday’s two documentaries will be presented. Topics include U.S. farmers markets, new ways of looking at the food we eat, and a history of mass-produced foods.
Many Merchants Square restaurants will be supporting the film festival by offering “Farm to Table” menus.
Here’s the schedule:
“The Market: Building Community through Food,” 7:15 p.m. This is a short film by Jay Kriss and will be repeated before each film.
“Ingredients” (2009, 66 minutes, Optic Nerve Productions), 7:30 p.m. In the face of the diet-related health crisis in the United States, this movie packages a variety of inspiring stories of people trying to change the way Americans eat. The film features small and organic farmers, local food movements and methods to promote a return to freshness and flavor.
“The Greenhorns” (2009, 66 minutes, Optic Nerve Productions), 9 p.m. This movie explores the lives of America’s young farming community – its spirit, practices and needs. Watch the stories of young farmers, as the filmmaker builds a case for those considering a career in agriculture.
“What’s On Your Plate?” (2009, 76 minutes, Aubin Productions), 10:15 a.m. Two 11-year-old girls living in New York City set out to discover where their food comes from. In a city that offers such culinary variety, their journey takes them to some interesting places. Kid friendly.
“To Market, To Market to Buy a Fat Pig” (2007, 56 minutes, PBS), noon. PBS tours farmers markets all over the United States, including indoor, outdoor and year-round markets. Kid friendly.
“Fresh” (2009, 70 minutes, Ripple Effect Films), 1:30 p.m. Fresh ways of looking at the way we eat, the way we grow our plants and raise our animals with interviews with farmers who changed their methods and reflections on how Americans got to the current state of agriculture.
“Dirt! The Movie” (2009, 80 minutes, Common Ground Media), 3:30 p.m. This quirky and international film explores our relationship with dirt, the skin of the earth. The focus is on how we care (and don’t care) for this unique resource.
“Food Fight” (2009, 71 minutes, Positively 25th Street Productions), 5:30 p.m. A history of mass produced food in the United States, and the current counter-movement for more locally produced food. Featuring interviews with restaurateurs Alice Waters and Wolfgang Puck, and author Michael Pollan.
“Ingredients” and “The Greenhorns” repeat on Saturday night, in reverse order from Friday night’s showing.
Admission is free but tickets are required. Tickets can be obtained by calling 1-800-HISTORY or visiting any CW ticket office.