Weekly Roundup: Food, Inc. Broadcast, Potlucks and More

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This week, it’s almost all Food, Inc., all the time! — keep reading for more about how to watch the film online, potlucks, and a few tidbits from elsewhere in the documentary world.

Food, Inc.

The Oscar-nominated Food, Inc. by Robert Kenner aired on POV this week! We’ve been thrilled with the responses to the film! Viewers commented on our site, on Facebook, tweeted about the film and hosted potlucks for their friends and family. Thanks for watching!

Did you forget to watch Food, Inc. on PBS this week? Don’t worry — the film is streaming in its entirety through next Thursday, April 29. Watch the film now.

If watching the film inspired you to learn more about the issues raised in Food, Inc., check out our website for excerpts from Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, a guide to eating well, a quiz about GMOs and much more.

And to get back to those Food, Inc. potlucks — the reports that we’ve seen so far sound like they were thought-provoking and full of delicious food. Check out our potluck gallery to take a look at some pictures. Here are some of our favorite blog entries about the potlucks.

Did you host a potluck? Tell us about it for a chance to receive a free gift basket and post your photos to our Flickr group. If you haven’t hosted a potluck yet — it’s not too late! Just invite your friends, use our party kit, and queue up <A href="http://www.pbs.org/pov/foodinc/photo_gallery_watch.php"Food, Inc. on your computer before April 29th.

But enough about Food, Inc.! What else has been going on in the doc world? Filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda, the director of Campaign (POV 2008), was interviewed by the blog Page of Madness. Soda talks about his new film, Mental, his admiration for Frederick Wiseman and much more. You can still watch Campaign on the POV website.

Cinereach, the nonprofit film organization, recently celebrated its 2010 Reach Film Fellows. Cinereach pairs its Film Fellows — emerging filmmakers — with veteran mentors over the course of seven months. Each Fellow also received a grant of $5,000 and other production support. Pamela Cohn at Still in Motion has more details on the celebrations. If you’re interested in applying for the 2011 Reach Film Felowship, visit Cinereach’s website. This year’s deadline is July 12, 2010.

Ruiyan Xu
Ruiyan Xu
Former POVer Ruiyan Xu worked on developing and producing materials for POV's website. Before coming to POV, she worked in the Interactive and Broadband department at Channel Thirteen/WNET. Ruiyan was born in Shanghai and graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Modern Culture and Media.
  • tom gutierrez

    FOREIGNID: 23966
    Loved the “Food Inc” piece, but is there any attention being given to the explosion of dialysis centers that are everywhere?
    I am sure there is a connection.

  • michelle tucker

    FOREIGNID: 23991
    Absolutely the best piece of educational material about our food indutries I’ve ever seen! I was outraged and disgusted to the point of nausea to watch these things that are taking place at the hands of people that we as Americans have elected into office and trusted to grow our food! Working in the medical field I can truly see the connection of all of our illness!! What can we do to stop the madness?

  • Gregg Salomon

    FOREIGNID: 24051
    I worked in a food manufacturing plant in New England in the Quality Control department for a very large firm owned by a tobacco company. Pretty harmful chemicals were used to mix and create the ‘natural and artificial’ flavors and colors in many, many ‘food’ products that kids would eat or drink. I always though that the stuff must be pretty harmful but maybe it was OK since they were a food manufacturer I heard of and trusted. Now, I won’t go near any processed foods if I can help it and we always shop now at Good Earth foods, very expensive compared to supermarkets but lots of organic and local foods. We always support small operations and businesses. I’m scared of any ingredient list with items not found in a kitchen and operations that hide they food preparation practices.

  • JMarra

    FOREIGNID: 24068
    I have begun to wonder: just how much carrageenan and guar gum is the average human expected to consume in a lifetime? What NORMAL human settlement or demographic group or tribe would eat as much seaweed gelatin and exotic tree substance as do Western eaters of processed foods?

  • Michael Kokosky

    FOREIGNID: 24092
    It really made me think about what I eat. I’m nots sure I can ever be really content to eat in a fast food restaurant ever againafter seeing how the cows and chickens are slaughtered and how the meat and by-products get processed. I can’t believe how the farmers wanting to do the right thing are getting lawyers pitted on them by the industry promoting unhealthy diets & causing America’s health problems. It’s almost Twilight Zonish how those in the video were afraid to truly say what they wanted to say for fear of being sued or having their lives ruined by big industry. How can the US, any elected US official, executive, legislative, or judicial be proud of the current system. It sounds like the politicians are getting paid off and ignoring the reality of big industry, especially when they are being allowed to regulate themselves.

  • Aida

    FOREIGNID: 24148
    It was such a wake-up call for methis documentary. I was so enraged and sad at the same time. As consumers knowledge is power and that give us more awareness that translates to more choices. If more and more people make the decision that we are not going to support neither tolerate the way our food is produce, serious changes will happen and we will have a more healthy environment and consequenty healthy people.