Published April 25, 2014 by Food Co-op Initiative

“Everything I learned I learned from the movies.” ― Audrey Hepburn

popcorn-1413413768A5QHosting a movie night can have many benefits for your startup. Publicising the event will create PR for your project. You can likely raise a small amount of money from admissions and/or sale of concessions. If a social hour is held afterwards, movie night can be a community builder. And if you use the titles below, you’re sure to inspire some first rate discussions of food issues.

Food for Change
Focuses on the food co-op movement in the U.S., including the way they are strengthening communities and helping the local economy.

Forks Over Knives
Examines whether degenerative diseases can be controlled or reversed by diets free of animal-based and processed foods.

Seeds of Freedom
Charts the story of seed, including the impact the industrial agricultural system and genetically modified seeds have on communities around the world.

What’s on Your Plate?
Follows two 11-year-olds from New York City as they discover where their food comes from and learn more about sustainable food practices, including co-ops.

American Meat
A pro-farmer documentary about a grass-roots revolution in sustainable farming — starring Virginia’s own Joel Salatin and his Polyface Farms — explains how America arrived at its current industrial system and explores the burgeoning local-food movement of farmers, chefs and everyday folks who are changing the way meat reaches the American table.

King Corn
A story of two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. As the film unfolds, two best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-ubiquitous grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm.