A NEW feature for 2017, the Reel Food Film Festival will be a special zone where visitors can relax and unwind in an open-air cinema and watch a selection of fantastic food dedicated shorts, docs and feature-length films in a multisensory experience. We are also delighted to be showing a selection of short documentaries from Real Food Media. Real Food Media is a collaboration among some of the USA’s leading food and farming organizations who have joined together to help spread the story of our food. They have developed an International Film Contest, Global pop-up film fests and an online library of more than 70 short films on food. All free and shareable.
Reel Food Film supported by Reel Cinemas
FEATURE - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Not only does Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs have a quirky, thoughtful and imaginative storyline, it also exudes humour through its likable characters, discerning messages and vivid visual style. Telling the tale of a young man’s quest to become an inventor, the film shies away from numerous Disney clichés creating a unique and original world full of colour and inspired characters. Unlike most Dreamworks animations, the characters are fully developed and rounded without the need for countless A-list celebrity voice-overs. The screenplay is similarly outstanding in terms of humour with countless laugh-out-loud moments that will appeal to both adults and children alike
Story line: Flint Lockwood thinks he’s a genius. But none of the things he invented are things that make sense or are useful. However, he has the support of his mother but when she dies, he’s left alone with his father who thinks he should give it up. When the community that he lives in is in an economic crisis because their primary source of income, a sardine cannery, was shut down, Flint decides to try his latest invention, a machine that can turn water into food. But something goes wrong and the machine ends up in the atmosphere. Later it starts raining food. The shifty mayor tries to use this as a way to help their community, but when Flint senses something wrong with the machine, the mayor convinces him to ignore it. However, as Flint predicts, chaos ensues.
FEATURE - Julie & Julia
In 1949, Julia Child is in Paris, the wife of a diplomat, wondering how to spend her days. She tries hat making, bridge, and then cooking lessons at Cordon Bleu. There she discovers her passion. In 2002, Julie Powell, about to turn 30 and underemployed with an unpublished novel, decides to cook her way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in a year and to blog about it. We go back and forth between these stories of two women learning to cook and finding success. Sympathetic, loving husbands support them both, and friendships, too, add zest.
FEATURE - No Reservations
In Manhattan, the workaholic Kate (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is the chef of the 22 Bleecker Restaurant owned by Paula (Patricia Clarkson), who sent her to a therapist (Bob Balaban) because she has no other interest in life but cooking and controlling her kitchen. When her only sister dies in a car accident, Kate becomes the guardian of her niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin), who can not overcome the loss of her mother. Paula orders Kate to take a couple of days off to care of Zoe; when Kate returns to the work, she finds that Paula hired the sub-chef Nick (Aaron Eckhart) without her approval. Nick explains that he is honored of working with Kate, but the jealous Kate does not trust in him and believes he wants her position. When Zoe gets close to Nick and invites him to have dinner with Kate and her, she changes her feelings for Nick. But when his work is recognized by the clients of the restaurant, Kate believes she committed a mistake.
REAL FOOD FILMS - A Sustainable Catch // 2016 Real Food Film Finalist
Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
Confronted with the realities of overfishing, local fisherman in Thailand push for sustainable solutions to preserve the ecosystem that makes their economy thrive.
Director: Biel Calderon
Writer: Biel Calderon
Writer: Somrudee Panasudtha
Producer: Somrudee Panasudtha
REAL FOOD FILMS - Bread // 2015 Real Food Film Finalist
After running into barriers with health code politics, one L.A. bread maker helps enact a cottage food law that now allows millions of artisan entrepreneurs the right to a homemade livelihood.
Directed, edited, cinematography, sound design by Dustin Hughes and Inner7 Studios
REAL FOOD FILMS - Dry Land
A rainwater savant, Tucson, Arizona’s Brad Lancaster shows how even in the driest desert cities there is untapped potential in rainwater.
Severine Von Tscharner Fleming - Producer, Director
Tyler Christie - Editor
Jordan Kinley - Cinematographer
Federico Di Fresco - Sound Designer
Lucas Benjamin - Music
Jeremy Harris - Music
REAL FOOD FILMS - Food // 2015 Real Food Film Best Animation
Stop-motion animation brings interviews with real eaters from around the world to life as ‘edible characters’ discussing the impact of our food choices.
Director: Siqi Song
Voice: Joe Swanson, Brooke Regalado, Zachary Zezima, Sian Bliss, Richie Fruitbat, Rachel O’Connor and Chrysanthe Tan.
Interviewer: Siqi Song
Sound Mix: Jerry Summers
REAL FOOD FILMS - Reaping the Wirlwind // 2014 Real Food Film Finalist
Kansas and the Great Plains
The Dust Bowl is not just a chapter for U.S. history books. This short doc talks about why we could face another and what we can do about it.
Eleanor Goodrich - Director
Aaron Port - Cinematography and editing
REAL FOOD FILMS - Save the Bees // 2016 Real Food Film Best Animation
Bees are responsible for one in three bites of food we eat. They are key to healthy ecosystems, plants and agriculture. This short animation tells the story behind dwindling bee populations, and asks us to take action.
Director and Writer: Marta Topolska Producer: Mark Mos Narration: Mariana Novak
REAL FOOD FILMS - There Is Only Coffee // 2015 Real Food Film Finalist
Filmed in Ethiopia, this little film is a love song to coffee, the grueling work that goes into producing it and the importance of small farms and cooperation in that process.
Created by Perennial Plate, filmed by Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine, editing by Hunter Johnson and Mirra Fine
REAL FOOD FILMS - Who Keeps the Beekeepers? // 2015 Real Food Film Winner
State College, Pennsylvania
We’ve heard about the bees, but what about the beekeepers? The voices of the last remaining beekeepers talk about the future of our food supply.
Jason Kushner - Director and editor
Tim Powers - Editor and sound
Andrew Douglass - Co-editor
Brian Berry - Original music
Dave Hackenberg - Beekeeper
Dennis Van Engelsdorp - Apiarist
Diana Cox-Foster - Scientist
G.W. Hayes, Jr. - Florida apiarist
Dr. Jeff Pettis - USDA researcher
REAL FOOD MEDIA - Beyond the Seal // 2016 Best Student Film + People’s Choice Award Winner
El Oro Province, Ecuador
Beyond the Seal peels back our understanding on the most eaten fruit in the United States–the banana–uncovering its toxic production and the people behind a movement to change the industry.
Leah Varjacques: Director and Producer Katherine Nagasawa: Director and Producer