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Sacramento Food Film Festival Coming on March 15 & 16

I like movies and I like food. What better than an event that marries the two?

The 2013 Sacramento Food Film Festival will be held at the Guild Theater at 35th & Broadway on Friday, March 15 and Saturday March 16.

Especially appealing to me is the sushi event with Mikuni and Kru at 7 p.m. on Friday night, followed by a showing of the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

On the recommendation of Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson and it's sky high Rotten Tomatoes score, I watched the movie last year detailing what care and effort goes into creating a sushi restaurant that earns 3 Michelin stars.

Tickets are $40 for Friday including food from the special Sushi Event, $25 for Saturday, $55 for the entire weekend or $7 per movie.

For more information, please visit SacFoodFilmFest.com.

Here's more about the other films being shown.

Quest for Local Honey 
35 min  Filmed in Nevada County! 
Our Quest is one of finding how humans are working hand in wing with the bees to create locally focused circles of economics, sustainable food production while keeping the health of the hive alive!

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
81 min
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

What's On Your Plate?
76 mins
Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. Sadie and Safiyah take a close look at food systems in New York City and its surrounding areas. With the camera as their companion, the girl guides talk to each other, food activists, farmers, new friends, storekeepers, their families, and the viewer, in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates.

American Harvest  
100 mins
The documentary 'American Harvest' powerfully portrays the truth about agriculture and migrant labor in the United States at the present time. In a series of candid interviews with farmers and farmworkers from Florida to Maine the viewer objectively learns the facts and dispels the myths connected with migrant farmworkers. The film portrays the migrant reality that can’t be ignored and which is rarely seen by most people. It’s a must see if we are serious about the truth of migrant workers."

Meat Hooked!
NYC Food Film Festival Winner — Best Feature Film 2012
52 mins
Meat Hooked! is a documentary about meat and the rise and fall and rise again of butchers and butchering. The film goes back in time to the early 19th century and moves forward quickly to the present. It follows several butchers, 3 of whom are Jewish but not kosher butchers. Why butchers? As cities have become more and more alike, there is a yearning to go back to a seemingly more authentic time and place, to a time when a sense of place was concrete, not virtual. Butchers, butcher shops and butchering fit into that acute yearning. It allows the consumer to have more of a sense of control over what we eat and a face to face experience with the butcher.  

Symphony of the Soil
103 mins
Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. 

A Community of Gardeners
60 mins
An outdoor classroom, an oasis of peace in an inner-city neighborhood, a link to an immigrant’s homeland: the roles of seven Washington, D.C. community gardens are as varied as the gardeners themselves. Meet them and visit their plots in a new documentary, “A Community of Gardeners.” 


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