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Special VIP Screening and Panel Discussion Series on "A Place at the Table"
Special VIP Screening and Panel Discussion Series on New Hollywood Film on Hunger in America: “A Place at the Table”
May 29th panel to Feature New York City Coalition Against Hunger Executive Director Joel Berg, POTS (Part of the Solution) Executive Director Christopher Bean, Just Food Board Member Karen Washington & Chef Marion Williams from Wellness in the Schools
Continuing a series of citywide events in conjunction with the new Hollywood film on Hunger in America, “A Place at the Table, ”the New York City Coalition Against Hunger is sponsoring two screenings and panel discussion in April; April 3rd at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens and April 11th at BAM. Both screenings will be at 7 p.m.and feature the Coalition’s Executive Director Joel Berg, a leading national anti-hunger advocate, along with community leaders and key advocates.
Participant Media – the film company that brought us Lincoln, An Inconvenient Truth, The Help, Food Inc. and Waiting for Superman – is behind this ground-breaking new movie on hunger in America, A Place at the Table, which Magnolia pictures is releasing on March 1st.
Through a generous grant from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger is holding screenings of A Place at the Table, followed by panels with filmmakers and the Coalition’s Executive Director Joel Berg, who appears in the film and is a nationally-recognized expert on hunger. These screenings will be available at no cost for people with limited incomes.
Even though the U.S. is the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the history of the world, 50 million Americans – including 1.5 million New York City residents – live in homes that can’t afford enough food. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including Joel Berg, sociologist Janet Poppendieck, and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.
Come learn more about hunger in America and New York City – and concrete steps you can take to build a nation where everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food.
($13 for General Public; $6 for Students/Seniors; Free for Limited Income Individuals)
All tickets sales benefit the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.
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