Food- and Farm-Themed Film Festival Coming to SF Mission This Weekend

The fourth annual Food and Farm Film Fest is coming to the Roxie Theater this weekend, courtesy of the Mission’s Bi-Rite Market and 18 Reasons, a nonprofit community cooking school that offers a variety of paid and free cooking and nutrition classes.

Attendees will have their pick of 20 short and feature-length films ranging from documentary to narrative to animated, many of which can only be viewed at the festival. The festival will celebrate its opening night on Friday, April 1, and feature highlights such as Bake Pizza ride Bikes, a portrait of the the local, pizza- and bike-obsessed chef of Una Pizza Napolitana, and Sandorkraut, a profile of fermentation guru Sandor Katz.

Saturday’s line-up takes an up-close look at the sugar lobby with Sugar Coated, and a panel discussion featuring local urban agriculture experts following the showing of Can You Dig This, the profile of self-described “guerrilla gardener” and TED Talk star Ron Finley.

Sunday’s screenings will include an examination of food waste, Just It Eat, hailed as one of the best films exploring how much edible food is tossed, which will be followed by a panel discussion featuring policy experts, authors, and local nonprofit leaders to discuss innovate approaches to solving the food waste problem.

Tickets for the three-day festival, which takes place April 1-3, are now on sale for $15, and include food pairings from local restaurants and farmers. Tickets for the opening screening and celebration can be purchased for $30. The festival will be held at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. All proceeds will support 18 Reasons

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