Planet in Focus Film Festival — Check out the food films and meet the “Gangsta Gardener” of LA

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SPECIAL EVENT: October 20 at 2:30 pm, York University Faculty of Environmental Studies, HNES 140 — In Conversation with Ron Finley: Artist, Revolutionary, Guerilla Gardener

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The festival runs from Wednesday Oct 18 to Sunday October 22. Use the code TWOINFOCUS, to buy two for one tickets!

Check out these food films!

Saturday Oct 21:  Wasted! The story of food waste 

Slick, solution-oriented, and featuring Anthony Bourdain at his sardonic best, WASTED! The Story of Food Waste is that rare social issue documentary that’s every bit as entertaining as it is informative. Certainly, the film offers up its fair share of troubling facts—for instance, nearly a third of all food produced worldwide is wasted before it even reaches a plate—but directors Anna Chai and Nari Kye don’t belabour the failures of the global food system. Instead, they enlist Bourdain to introduce a roster of innovative chefs (including Dan Barber and Massimo Bottura) and enterprising thought leaders who are devising ingenious methods of maximizing sustainable food distribution. Equally importantly, they offer viewers suggestions on how they, too, can contribute to the effort, helping them to feel, in Bourdain’s inimitable words, “the smug self-satisfaction of doing the right thing!”

Sunday October 22: The Planet in Focus Eco Hero Presentation to Ron Finley, the gangsta gardener from LA, and a showing of a film about his work, Can you dig this?

Armed with a shovel, some soil and seeds, Ron Finley has come to be known as the “Gangsta Gardener” and his unexpected tactics have made him one of L.A.’s most widely known artivists.

Frustrated by his community’s lack of access to fresh, organic food, Finley inadvertently started a revolution when he turned the parkway in front of his South Central L.A. home into an edible garden in 2010. When the city cited him for his plantings, Finley started a bureaucratic battle, gathering signatures and working with local officials until city ordinances were altered to include edibles.

Ron’s goal was simple; bring healthy food to an area where there was none. Ron decided he did not want to live in a food prison anymore so he began to plant his own food. This simple logic inspired Ron’s mission to turn food prisons into food forests.