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May 2017

Food Frontiers’ chosen as finalist for best documentary award


The documentary Food Frontiers – co-produced by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future’s Leo Horrigan and Mike Milli – was screened on April 27 at the 15th annual Riverside International Film Festival in Riverside, CA, and was a finalist for the Jury Favorite Documentary award.

Food Frontiers (2016) is a 36-minute film that highlights six pioneering projects from around the country that are reducing food insecurity in communities. These include a pioneering program in California that connects local produce to schoolchildren, a social enterprise grocery store run by students in rural Nebraska, and a Virginia pediatrician whose practice includes a commercial kitchen to provide cooking classes to her patients and their parents.

The California story profiles two food service directors – Rodney Taylor, formerly of the Riverside Unified School District, and Rick Cota from the Claremont Unified School District – as well as farmer Bob Knight, founder of the Old Grove Orange farm hub that connects small farmers with local markets, including school districts.

Food Frontiers has been chosen for four film festivals in total. It was screened at the Life Sciences Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, in October; the Alexandria (Va.) Film Festival in November; and the One Earth Film Festival in Chicago in early March. (Read a review of the film)

CLF films enhance free FoodSpan curriculum

Food Frontiers is part of the Center’s free high school curriculum known as FoodSpan, which delves deeply into some of the most critical issues in the food system. Teachers can use Food Frontiers in conjunction with FoodSpan Lesson 14: The Hunger Gap and Lesson 12: Why We Eat What We Eat.

The Center’s other documentary film, Out to Pasture (2010), contrasts raising food animals on pasture with the prevailing industrial approach involving large-scale confinement. Teachers can pair Out to Pasture with FoodSpan Lesson 2: Animals: Field to Factory or Lesson 6: Turning Toward Sustainability.