Film Series

Eight films will be screened throughout October as part of the Greater Good Film Series. No tickets necessary but donations are appreciated.

The two screening locations are:

Matter of Trust Eco-Center
3338 17th Street (at Valencia)
San Francisco
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Randall Museum
199 Museum Way
San Francisco
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A list of films and locations is shown below; more details can be found on the Greater Good Films website.

MATTER OF TRUST ECO-CENTER – 3338 17TH ST., SF. All films start at 6:30:

Wed., Oct. 9 – Ingredients – at the Matter of Trust EcoCenter, 3338 17th St., SF – an exploration of the growing local food movement – showing how partnerships between local farms and the communities they serve can lead to healthy sustainable food supplies. Film will begin at about 6:45.  Preceded at 5:45 by locally sourced, non-GMO reception catered by Namu Gaji, a local Korean restaurant here in the Mission.  The film will be followed by a discussion of the slow food movement and the process by which restaurants and schools can make healthy choices in their food sourcing.

Post-screening speakers will include:

  •  Casey Dos Santos Allen, an urban farmer who installs, maintains, & harvests from his clients’ backyards – a modified csa – and is very involved in the organic and local food movement. He is Yerba Buena Chapter President at California Native Plant Society, the Landscape and CSA Maintenance Manager at San Francisco Landscapes Corp.  and sits on the San Francisco Bicycle Advisory Committee.  Specialties include:   Permaculture, native plant, food, and habitat gardens.
  •  Jered Lawson, farmer and founding partner of Pie Ranch.  Jered has been linking communities with local farms since 1990. He initiated and coordinated Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs at the Homeless Garden Project and the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Jered also initiated and coordinated a statewide CSA advocacy, outreach, and educational program for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), and organized a Western Region CSA conference that brought together over 450 farmers, consumers, educators, and agency representatives. Jered worked with Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley for three years and again for CAFF to launch their Farm-to-School programs, Food Policy Councils, and ‘buy local’ campaigns.
  • Jenny Huston, founder of Farm to Table Food Services in Oakland and currently a member of the Oakland Food Policy Council.  San Francisco native Chef Jenny Huston has 30 years of wide-ranging experience in the restaurant and food services industry. A formally trained chef and professional cook, Jenny has worked with Patrice Boely, Thomas Keller, Alice Waters, Joyce Goldstein, Jeremiah Towers, and Patty Unterman in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City.  Jenny owned and operated J. Huston Catering and consulting for 17 years, while earning academic degrees from San Jose State University in Dietetics, Food Sciences, and Management, and her Masters from New York University in Food Economics, Policy, and Food Systems.

Thu., Oct. 10 More Than Honey – on bees and ecology, followed by a discussion of the importance of pollinators to our food systems, and current challenges to honey bee survival.  Post-screening speakers will be  Karen Peteros of the San Francisco Bee Cause whose mission is to “use urban beekeeping within San Francisco, and products from urban beekeeping as means to further “causes” that benefit San Francisco’s human and bee residents.”  and Paul Koski from the San Francisco  Beekeeper Association which was “established in 1976 and has continued to teach and promote responsible urban beekeeping.”

Sat., Oct. 12–The World According to Monsanto.  Made the March Against Monsanto today?  Come follow up with a viewing of The World According to Monsanto, a movie that motivated a generation and defined a movement to reverse the consolidation and centralization of our food systems. The film will be followed by a discussion of seed sourcing, monoculture, consolidation of seed supply, and the ecological impacts of GMOs.  Speakers to be determined.

Wed., Oct. 16 – Food Inc.,  in this film, filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.

We will be joined by Julie Cummins of CUESA and Daryl, from Other Avenues Co-op in our post-film discussion.  They will discuss the business of food and how farmers markets, CSAs, and co-ops provide community-based alternatives to the business models most prevalent in our communities today.  It looks like it will be a fascinating discussion!

  • Julie oversees CUESA’s growing education department. In addition to program development and planning, she manages the Schoolyard to Market program, policy advocacy, seller scholarships, panel discussions, and other projects. She came toCUESA in 2005 with more than 10 years of experience leading education programs, most recently for Greenbelt Alliance. Julie holds a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley and is certified in permaculture design and as an Alameda County Master Composter. She is a member of the Oakland Food Policy Council.
  • Daryl has been with Other Avenues for 6 years and will share his insights on co-ops and the values they provide both to the members of the co-op and to the community.

Thu., Oct. 17 – Scientists Under Attackfollowed by a discussion of science in policy and the influence of industry on scientific debate.  Speakers to be determined.

Sun., Oct. 20 – King Cornfollowed by a discussion of the extent of GMO corn and its impact on biodiversity and the indigenous maize varieties in Mexico.  Speaker: Miguel Robles of the Biosafety Alliance.

Wed., Oct. 23, A Silent Forest and Seeds of Freedom, followed by discussion of the advent of genetically engineered trees, and the fundamental need for a healthy, sustainable, diverse source of seed for agriculture.  speakers to be announced.

RANDALL MUSEUM, 199 MUSEUM WAY, SF. Film starts at 6:30:

Thu., Oct. 24, Food Day – Symphony of the Soil –6:30 pm, Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco. A wonderful film by Deborah Koons-Garcia exploring the vital ecology and importance of soil; followed by a discussion with Ignacio Chapela–a Berkeley soil ecologist who appears in the film–on the wonders of soil ecology and the threats to our soil from industrial farming.