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2013 Sustainable Food Film Series at the Denver Botanic Gardens

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Free dinner and an enlightening film with advance registration!

The 2013 Sustainable Food Film Series includes four films relating to sustainable food practices, organic farming and community agriculture. Thanks to presenting sponsor Chipotle Mexican Grill, each evening includes food provided by Chipotle, a screening of the film, and a post-film panel discussion.

The films take place between September and November 2013 at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street.

Films are free with advance registration, but do fill up early. Register for each film separately by clicking "Register today."

Film 1: Eating Alabama (http://www.eatingalabama.com/)

In search of a simpler life, a young couple returns home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did – locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agro-industrial gastronomical complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since farmers once populated their family histories. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and sustainability, “Eating Alabama” is a story about why food matters.

Date: Tuesday, September 24

Admission: FREE; donations accepted

Location: Mitchell Hall

Schedule: Doors open at 6 p.m. for serving of food, film starts at 6:30 p.m. (62 min. long) Panel discussion following film!

Register today (http://catalog.botanicgardens.org/Selection.aspx?item=1597&sch=39050)

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Film 2: End of the Line (http://endoftheline.com/)

Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act. In the film we see first-hand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food. Filmed across the world – from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market – featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, The End of the Line is a wake-up call to the world.

Date: Tuesday, October 8

Admission: FREE; donations accepted

Location: Mitchell Hall

Schedule: Doors open at 6 p.m. for serving of food, film starts at 6:30 p.m. (54 min. long), panel discussion following film!

Register today (http://catalog.botanicgardens.org/Selection.aspx?item=1598&sch=39052)

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Film 3: GROW! (http://growmovie.net/)

It's not just 'Old MacDonald' on the farm anymore. All across the U.S. there is a growing movement of educated young people who are leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life. GROW! takes a look at this new generation of sustainable farmers through the eyes, hearts and minds of 20 passionate, idealistic and fiercely independent young growers. In the film they speak of both the joys and the challenges involved in tending the land. Filmed on 12 farms throughout the state of Georgia during an entire growing season, GROW! provides an honest and inspiring look at this next generation of farmers.

Date: Wednesday, October 30

Admission: FREE; donations accepted

Location: Mitchell Hall

Schedule: Doors open at 6 p.m. for serving of food, film starts at 6:30 p.m. (60 min. long), panel discussion following film!

Register today (http://catalog.botanicgardens.org/Selection.aspx?item=1595&sch=39053)

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Film 4: In Organic We Trust (http://www.inorganicwetrust.org/)

In Organic We Trust is an eye-opening food documentary that follows Director/Producer Kip Pastor on a personal journey to answer commonly asked questions about organic food: What exactly is organic? Is it really better, or just a marketing scam? The film digs deep with farmers, organic certifiers, scientists, and organic critics to explore the content beneath the label and the truth behind the marketing. It takes a balanced approach to clear up misconceptions about organic food while highlighting practical solutions that are transforming the way we grow and eat.

Date: Wednesday, November 20

Admission: FREE; donations accepted

Location: Mitchell Hall

Schedule: Doors open at 6 p.m. for serving of food, film starts at 6:30 p.m. (82 min. long), panel discussion following film.

Register today (http://catalog.botanicgardens.org/Selection.aspx?item=1596&sch=39054)

See you there!