Soul Food Junkies Explores The Dangers of a Loving Cuisine

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Soul Food Junkies debuts on PBS tonight.
Filmmaker Byron Hurt was last seen on PBS' Independent Lens Series in 2007 with his documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, an unflinching look at masculinity, misogyny, and homophobia in the rap world. Hurt now returns to public television with Soul Food Junkies, in which he tackles the broader issue of eating habits and health in the black community.

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Food & Farm Film Fest Screens at Roxie Theater in March

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Food & Farm Film Fest takes place on Mar. 29-31 at Roxie Theater.
Food & Farm Film Fest

Where: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087
When: Mar. 29-31
Cost: $90 for full festival pass and opening party at Four Barrel (purchase in advance via Brown Paper Tickets)

The rundown: The slate of six screenings that will make up the first-ever Food & Farm Film Fest has yet to be announced, but full festival passes are now on sale for those earlybird types (events will be sold separately closer to the date as well). Public submissions of short films under 30 minutes are still being considered, with the winning selections to be notified at the beginning of February.

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Documentary Series Tackles Big Food Issues

Summit Films
Food Stamped screens at 18 Reasons on Sept. 21.
Food Stamped: Film and Conversation

Where: 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St. (at Dolores), 241-9760
When: Fri., Sept. 21, 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $12 (purchase tickets via Brown Paper Tickets)

The rundown: Food Stamped (2011), a documentary by Berkeley filmmaker Yoav Potash and his nutritionist wife Shira, shows firsthand the immense difficulties of eating nutritiously from the average of $1 per meal allotted for people who receive food stamps. Even with resources like the Berkeley Bowl and Shira's educational background at their fingertips, the couple still find it to be an almost impossible challenge. 18 Reasons will screen the film and follow it with a dicussion led by Leo O'Farrell, who is in charge of San Francisco's CalFresh department, which processes food stamp applications.

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