“Soul Food Junkies” Screening & Discussion at FTC

Free movie screening and panel discussion with some of the areas leading foodies!  Check it out!  Did I mention it’s FREE?  Oh, and there will be nibbles provided by Gloria of Miss Thelma’s Restaurant in Bridgeport?  Just need to reserve your ticket (info below)!  Hope to see you there!


FAIRFIELD, CT, January 29th – Fairfield Theatre Co. brings free monthly film screening series to Stage One as a producing partner of Community Cinema.  Fairfield Theatre Company is thrilled to announce its partnership with ITVS Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series, showcasing the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
In the first film of this six-part free monthly series; FTC will screen Soul Food Junkies on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 at 7 p.m. Soul Food Junkies filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Hurt’s exploration was inspired by his father’s lifelong love affair with the high-fat, calorie-rich traditional soul food diet and his unwillingness to give it up even in the face of a life-threatening health crisis. Hurt discovers that the relationship between African Americans and culinary dishes like ribs, grits, and fried chicken is culturally based, deep-rooted, complex, and often deadly.
Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians, and scholars, as well as with doctors, family members, and everyday people, Soul Food Junkies puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its positive and negative consequences. Hurt also explores the socioeconomic conditions in predominantly black neighborhoods, where it can be difficult to find healthy options, and meets some pioneers in the emerging food justice movement who are challenging the food industry, encouraging communities to “go back to the land” by creating sustainable and eco-friendly gardens, advocating for healthier options in local supermarkets, supporting local farmers’ markets, avoiding highly processed fast foods, and cooking healthier versions of traditional soul food.
Following the screening FTC will have an engaging panel discussion with local leaders who are making a difference in our community.  The panelists include:
Chef Michel Nischan is a dynamic restaurant owner, award-winning cookbook author, media personality, and food policy advocate.  Chef Nischan is the CEO and president of the Wholesome Wave, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to nourishing neighborhoods by supporting increased production and access to healthy, fresh, and affordable locally grown food.
Mona Jackson is an Executive Chef and CEO of Cook and Grow, a Bridgeport based nonprofit organization that uses the garden and kitchen as a classroom to provide youth with the tools to make better choices about food and maintain healthy eating habits.
Marilyn Moore is the Executive Director of the Bridgeport-based Witness Project.  This non-profit organization provides culturally and age appropriate breast and cervical cancer education to women in need, with a growing focus on the importance of healthy diets and exercise.
Gloria Garcia is the owner of Miss Thelma’s Restaurant, cooking with “heart and soul” in Bridgeport.  The recipient of numerous awards, Miss Thelma’s continues to be the #1 source of quality and nurturing soul food in and around Fairfield County.
So please – Get out.  Come together.  And be part of this important event!
Community Cinema “Soul Food Junkies

Tuesday, January 29th

Doors: 6:30 PM 
Show: 7:00 PM

Venue: StageOne
70 Sanford Street., Fairfield, CT 06605

Tickets: Free

Reserve online: www.fairfieldtheatre.org

For a complete lineup or more information about the Community Cinema series visit: http://communitycinema.org

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