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September 4, 2015

Focus on Food: Just Eat It and Food Patriots to be Screened at DREFF 2015

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Our world revolves around food. People photograph meals, talk about favorite foods, obsess over spice usage and more. Food, and eating it, is a big part of each culture. Just Eat It and Food Patriots, two films which will be screened at the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival, each explore food and our approach to it as a society.

In Food Patriots, an American mother whose son nearly died from contaminated food embarks on a rollercoaster journey to understand the food industry and improve her family’s eating habits. Surprising, funny, and poignant, this personal film unfolds like a home movie. Food Patriots features food advocates from all walks of life who are trying to hatch a revolution to change the way Americans eat and buy food, and educate the next generation of consumers. Director Jeff Spitz and co-producer Jennifer Amdur Spitz will be present as special guests at the screenings of their film during the DREFF.

To check screenings of the movie, click here.

In Just Eat It, a simple question is asked: why does nearly half of the food we love end up in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farms, retail, and the back of the fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of edibles that are tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food for 6 months. Examining our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce, and portion sizes, Just Eat It is both entertaining and shocking. Director Grant Baldwin and Producer Jenny Rustemeyer will be present at the DREFF as special guests during the screenings of their film.

To check screenings of this film, click here.

About Jeff and Jennifer Amdur Spitz:
Jeff Spitz is an Emmy Award-winner who creates original documentaries and social impact campaigns. A California native and graduate of UCLA, Jeff holds a masters degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago and is an Associate Professor of documentary film at Columbia College Chicago.

Jennifer Amdur Spitz is a businesswoman whose entrepreneurial spirit and social conscience frequently intersect. She founded Amdur Spitz & Associates (ASA) in 1992, a strategic communications and media firm. In 2000, Jennifer and her filmmaker husband Jeff Spitz co-founded Groundswell Educational Films to make artistic documentary films that cross cultures and stimulate transformative dialogue and events.

About Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer:
Grant Baldwin is a director, cinematographer, editor, and composer based in Vancouver, Canada. He has an eye for creative cinematography and a varied background working with sports films, narratives, and documentaries. Grant directed the documentary The Clean Bin Project (2010) which won 10 festival awards and Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story which garnered him the award for Emerging Canadian Filmmaker at HotDocs.

Jenny is a Leo Award-winning film producer and passionate zero-waster whose documentaries have appeared on Superchannel, The Knowledge Network, and MSNBC. Her latest film, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story has won 9 festival awards. She has spoken around the world on the topic of waste reduction and food waste.

About the DREFF:
Since its creation in 2011, the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF)- an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) -has been providing Dominicans with a platform of knowledge and debate on the environment and sustainable development, along with its challenges and best practices while celebrating the unique beauty and wealth that is the Dominican Republic’s natural heritage.

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