The 2017 Food & Farm Film Fest will take place on September 29, September 30, and October 1 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. We can't wait to welcome you to our fifth annual festival!

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Opening Night Shorts Program 

7:00 PM ••• September 29

Our fifth annual Food & Farm Film Fest opens with an incredible program of short films, followed by a celebration at Four Barrel Coffee. Your ticket includes admission to the films and after-party. 

From the inner thoughts of a lonely tomato to the history and glamour of caviar, our opening night shorts program is a view into the imagination of food makers, growers, and lovers. Take a journey with us through 13 short films you won't see anywhere else. We guarantee you will laugh, cry, and want to head for the kitchen. After the films, walk with us to Four Barrel Coffee at 375 Valencia Street to continue the conversation. 

Shorts Program:

Mr Green, Mario Orozco, 3:00
Beauty & Bounty, Doug Armknecht, 2:30
Thomas the Tomato, Aidan Nguyen, 1:54
No Going Back, Tracey Diaz, 12:16
Caviar Dreams, Brian Gerston, Liv Dubendorf, Wei Ying, 15:00
A Passion of Gold and Fire, Sébastien Pins, 6:05
Gifts From The Good Land, Southern Foodways Alliance, 6:06
The Hands That Feed Us, Agatha Bacelar, 3:30
FRESH, StoryLens Pictures, 6:00
Rooted in LOVE, Jody McNicholas, 6:00
Running Sushi, Stepan Etrych, 1:19
Hand-Cut, Griffin Hammond, 5:04
I, Whiskey: The Human Spirit, Amanda France, 7:38

Your ticket also includes entry to our opening night celebration at Four Barrel Coffee (375 Valencia St). Join us for free food from Bi Rite Market, local wine and beer, and a celebration of all things food, farm, and film!


The Last Crop

4:00 PM ••• September 30

(Chuck Schultz, 2016, 70 minutes)

As the average age of farmers in America continues to rise, what will happen to family farms? Even long-time leaders in the organic food movement are struggling to find a way to preserve farmland and ensure the future of local food.

The documentary The Last Crop is an intimate exploration into the lives of small family farmers Jeff and Annie Main of California’s Central Valley. Inextricably woven within these organic pioneers’ story is their ten-year pursuit to ensure that a farm need not be imperiled at the end of every generation.

Served with: TBD

Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table

7:00 PM ••• September 30

(Leslie Iwerks, 2016, 95 minutes)

Ella Brennan is a household name in the restaurant industry. Known today as the inspirational matriarch of the rambling Brennan family of New Orleans and the force of nature behind first Brennan's and then Commander's Palace. Fired by her family at one point, she shouldered on. She was the creator of elaborate New Orleans breakfasts and jazz brunches and revolutionized creole cuisine. A pioneer of the modern American food movement, she pushed her chefs to the forefront helping to launch the celebrity chef phenomenon.

What many don’t know is that when Ella Brennan was a teenager in 1940's New Orleans, the city’s food and drink business was in its infant stage, generating less than a million dollars a year. Today, it has grown into a billion-dollar industry for the city, many crediting the Brennan family, guided by Ella for pushing Creole wining and dining into the American mainstream and creating a lasting impact on how Americans eat and drink.

Interviews and verite footage with current and former chefs from Commander's Palace, restaurateurs, peers, family and friends will provide past and present glimpses into Ella's unique life and world. This is the intimate and triumphant story of a groundbreaking American woman.


Gaining Ground

4:00 PM ••• October 1

(Barbara Bernstein, 2017, 75 minutes)

Gaining Ground tells personal stories of farmers making extraordinary changes in their farming practices to feed their local communities sustainably grown produce and grains.

The documentary interweaves experiences of urban farmer-activists in inner city Richmond, California, a small family farm in rural Oregon converting from commodity dairy to chemical-free produce and a large farm in the Willamette Valley transitioning from grass seed to organic grains. The film personalizes class, gender, race and environmental justice issues by rooting them within narratives of compelling individuals. Both urban and rural farmers struggle to do the right thing while continuing to serve their communities.

As these stories unfold, the film explores the devastating effects of the 2012 Chevron Richmond refinery fire on Urban Tilth in inner city Richmond and the impact of the 2013 discovery of GMO wheat in Eastern Oregon on Stalford Seed Farms in the Willamette Valley. While the movie is sober about the obstacles to creating change, at the same time it points the way toward hope through the resilience of the people leading the movement towards better farming practices.



Chicken People

7 PM ••• October 1

(Nicole Lucas Haimes, 2016, 83 minutes)

A real life "Best in Show" follows three competitors on their quest to breed the perfect chicken. Chicken may be just food for most people, but raising the perfect chicken is an all-consuming passion for some. Chicken People takes a charming and fascinating look at the colorful and hugely competitive world of champion show chicken breeders. The film follows the struggles and triumphs of both humans and their chickens on the road to compete at the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens.