“Food, Inc.” Edmonton Premiere

I’ve been looking forward to the Edmonton premiere of Food, Inc. since I started reading about the buzz surrounding the movie at its June 12 premiere in New York (NYT review here). Michael Pollan of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defence of Food fame narrates, so those who have read either of those books will likely already anticipate the film’s content and thesis. For those who aren’t familiar with his work, here is a synopsis of Food, Inc.:

“You are what you eat. It is a simple expression that bears scary implications as you watch the acclaimed documentary, Food, Inc. Director Robert Kenner draws upon the searing reportage of authors Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) to explore how modern developments in food production pose grave risks to our health and environment. These writers aren’t radicals or even vegetarians (Schlosser admits that his favourite meal is a hamburger and fries), but they are crusaders when it comes to exposing problems and naming offenders. There are stories of heartbreak and outrage, but the film carefully channels these emotions towards opportunities for activism. Watching Food, Inc. gives you a strong appetite for better meals.”

If you have been as eager to see the movie as I have been, you will also be excited to know that there is a special screening taking place on Wednesday, July 15 at 7pm at Empire City Centre Cinemas, and I have been provided with 5 double-guest passes by a company representing Alliance Films in Alberta to give away! Following the screening there will be a Q & A with a special guest panel featuring food experts, including Ron Berezan, The Urban Farmer.

If you are available and interested in attending, please leave a comment with a valid e-mail address below (in the e-mail address field, not the comment itself) by noon on July 12. I will randomly select five names and contact the winners by e-mail on Sunday evening.

Good luck!

Food, Inc.
Classification: PG (Mature Subject Matter)
Premieres in Edmonton on July 17 at the Garneau Theatre

27 thoughts on ““Food, Inc.” Edmonton Premiere

  1. Hmm.. it’s getting to be a lot of work to find good edible sustainable non-killer food.

    It shouldn’t be this hard.

  2. When I saw the trailer for this film, I was amazed. I liked how dire it showed the industry, but also how it provided hope for things to change.

    Can’t wait to see this one!

  3. I’m REALLY looking forward to this movie. First time I read Michael Pollan’s “Omnivore’s Dilemma” was a life-changer.

    By the way, if you’re fascinated by Joe Salatin in “Omnivore”, have a chat with Jerry Kitt, owner of First Nature Farms at the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market. Jerry is an amazing farmer! I recognized a lot of things Pollan wrote about Polyface when I talked to Jerry.

    (And oh, a pair of tickets for next Wednesday would be delightful. 🙂 )

  4. The gist of this movie reminds reminds me of the website “The Meatrix” http://www.themeatrix.com/ … this website *totally*grossed me out, and it came out long before “Fast Food Nation” and “Omnivore’s Dilemma” … I’m pretty sure this is what drove me into the arms of the organic movement and buying at farmer’s markets and making sure I bought my meat from a family butcher …

    Oh, yes, and tickets would be wonderful too … 🙂

  5. What a perfect time to de-lurk! I’ve been looking forward to seeing this. Hopefully I’m one of your lucky readers 🙂

    Great blog!!!

  6. Thanks for adding to the local food scene, Sharon. Leaving my name behind for a pass. Many thanks.

  7. I almost forgot this was being released this month. Very interested in seeing it, free passes or not! We should all pre-purchase tix and gather in advance for a meal!

  8. I’ve also been following this film for a while now… I’m a big Michael Pollan fan! Fingers crossed for those tickets 🙂

  9. I’m almost done “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and have really been enjoying it.

    Even if I don’t win the tickets, this was a great reminder to get out and use the movie passes my husband and I received last Christmas!

  10. Working in healthcare has given me a different perspective of the definition of “healthy eating”. A lot of people take food fads to the extreme, misinterpreting the information. Remember the soy revolution? Well, even overconsumption of soy has been linked to breast cancer. We need to educate people to live in moderation. Too much of a good thing CAN be a bad thing.
    I would love the opportunity to see a documentary about food that is straight-up and honest. Thanks for sharing your extra tickets with your readers!

  11. I heard about the movie a number of times, and comments indeed said that it is a habit-changing experience… Would love to see it too! 🙂

  12. I’ve been waiting for this film to show in Edmonton ever since it had first review!
    Big fan of Michael Pollan, and it is fantastic chance to explore the other side of food production. I am working as a chef and always wondered where all the canned, bottled, or processed food products are coming from and how they are manufactured.
    I don’t know if anyone has seen ‘100 mile challenge’ aired on foodTV channel. It’s so shocking to know that we rely so much on food supplies mainly from out of our living boundaries and don’t even think seriously about them. I wonder how people lived and ate centuries ago when there were no other foods were available other than those of locally produced.
    I can’t wait to have a peek of this film.. it would totally give me some insight into this question of mine.

  13. I feel I should say, I absolutely love this blog. Could tell me how I can go about keeping up to date with it? By the way I discovered this website through Lycos

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