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New Meetup: Dinner and a Movie at Au Lac!!! :)

From: Michelle K.
Sent on: Monday, November 22, 2010 9:44 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Orange County Raw and Living Foods Community!

What: Dinner and a Movie at Au Lac!!! :)

When: Wednesday, December 1,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Au Lac Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant
16553 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Back by Popular Demand!! :)

This is an event for everyone! Who can resist dinner and a movie at Au Lac!?

Ito has a nice big projector in the banquet room for us to enjoy a great meal and watch our movie. The movie will be start at 6:30. Those of you who would like to eat dinner during the movie can come earlier to order your meal or you can call in your order to have it ready for you when you arrive.

There are so many great movies to watch that we can not make up our mind which one to show so we will have the members choose once we get there! Alex has a large library of movies and is going to be sharing them with us for our movie nights!

This is a great way to unwind for the week and enjoy great company, and delicious food at Au Lac! The movies that we have selected are educational documentaries pertaining to the political and environmental issues concerning our food and the health of our planet!

This movie night so far has been a hit and we will continue this event as a monthly meetup if you all express interest!

The featured movies that we will be deciding between are as follows:

Food Inc
The 11th Hour
The Corporation
King Corn
Unnatural Selection

Food Inc
"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. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli?the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

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."

The 11th Hour
"The 11th Hour is the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how we?ve arrived at this moment -- how we live, how we impact the earth?s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Featuring ongoing dialogues of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people."

The Corporation
"Provoking, witty, stylish and sweepingly informative, THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Part film and part movement, The Corporation is transforming audiences and dazzling critics with its insightful and compelling analysis. Taking its status as a legal "person" to the logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask "What kind of person is it?" The Corporation includes interviews with 40 corporate insiders and critics - including Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn, Vandana Shiva and Michael Moore - plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change."

King Corn
Picking up where Super Size Me left off, King Corn examines America's health woes through the multifaceted lens of one humble grain. Director Aaron Woolf and co-writers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis offer irrefutable proof that the US is virtually drowning in the stuff. Corn meal, corn starch, hydrologized corn protein, and high fructose corn syrup fuel a multitude of products, from soft drinks to hamburgers. The starchy vegetable grows with ease and government subsidies insure over-abundant production. Woolf documents the 11-month effort of college friends Cheney and Ellis, who trace their ancestry to the same small Iowa town, to raise their own crop. After finding a farmer willing to lend them an acre, they meet with agronomists, historians, and other experts before plowing, seeding, and spraying. Prior to harvesting, the easygoing Yale grads travel to Colorado to compare the grass-fed cattle of yore with today's corn-fed counterparts; then to New York to explore the links between corn syrup, obesity, and diabetes. With assistance from author Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma), a whimsical score, and stop-motion animation--farm toys and corn kernels--Woolf and associates bring biochemistry to vivid life. On a micro level, this genial eye-opener celebrates friends and farmers; on a macro level, King Corn bemoans the subsidies and genetic modifications that have turned a formerly protein-filled product into the fatty "yellow dent no. 2."

Unnatural Selection
Awarded "Best Film," (CineEco, Portugal), "Best Long Production," (IEFF, Brazil), and "Best Journalistic Achievement," (IEFF, Germany).

"Meticulously researched, excellently photographed" ??komedia

This stunning European documentary made available for the first time in the US, reveals several harsh consequences of genetic engineering worldwide.

* A failed GM cotton crop prompts farmer suicides in India.
* Windborne GM canola contaminates organic and conventional farms in Canada. One farmer fights Monsanto in the Supreme Court.
* A company seeks approval for giant GM salmon that may threaten the survival of the natural species.
* GM pigs are born with ghastly mutations.
* And experts reveal how inadequate testing and regulations put us at risk.

It features Vandana Shiva, Andrew Kimbrell, Percy Schmeiser and others.

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