While Netflix loses subscribers in droves, Constellation TV has launched a virtual film festival for your home. Beyond just streaming, this new online cinema site features “Top Docs” -- select screenings with the filmmakers in live Q&A sessions and audience interaction. Coming up on the schedule are a few environmental films including Bag It! about the elimination of plastic bags and Food Fight, an entertaining in-depth look at the roots of the sustainable food movement back in the 1970s through today. Reserve your seat; here's a peek:
Tribeca and Sundance fests have tried video-on-demand to bring their films beyond the New York and Park City events but these showtimes are ongoing. If you can’t make the live screening, you can book another time. This kind of internet-based exhibition answers a need for documentary and independent films to be seen by larger audiences since theatrical distribution is often not financially viable with small attendance.
Described as cheeky and informative, Food Fight explores the origins of the American local food culture. The screening on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 pm ET (4:30 PT) is hosted by the director Chris Taylor, who explains:
An alternative emerged from the counter-culture of California in the late 1960s and early 1970s, where a group of political anti-corporate protesters…voiced their dissent by creating a food chain outside of the conventional system. The unintended result was the birth of a vital local-sustainable-organic food movement which has brought back taste and variety to our tables.
The 2008 documentary, reviewed in Treehugger, looks at agribusiness and rebels who planted the seeds decades ago, developing into organic farms like Earthbound and Stoneyfield and revitalizing farmers markets. It features food advocates Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, Michael Pollan of Food Rules, and Marion Nestle of Food Politics.
Also screening on November 20 at 5:30 pm PT (8:30 pm ET), Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic? will be hosted by Ed Begley Jr., Dianna Cohen and the Plastic Pollution Coalition. A festival fave, the doc by Suzan Beriar features Jeb Berrier’s inspired elimination of plastic bags that evolves into an investigation about plastic in our waterways, oceans and bodies. The website includes a toolkit for turning your city into a Bag It Town.
Coming up on Constellation’s lineup: The Chances of the World ChangingYour text to link... about the rescue of thousands of endangered turtles bound for Southeast Asian food markets, Bombay Beach about California’s Salton Sea turning into a ghost town, The Times of Harvey Milk, as well as narrative films, such as Beginners starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer.
Tickets cost $6.99. Sign on in advance for live events to get a “seat,” create a community online and invite friends -- and pop some organic popcorn.
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