8/2/2010 - New food & environmental film fest announced for Asheville
Based in lovely Asheville, NC, Fresh Asheville is a grassroots organization focused on educating and inspiring people to action through film and community participation. Fresh Asheville focuses on solutions and the importance that daily choices have on the health, environment, and sustainability of our community and the world. Fresh Asheville has teamed with the Dutch Environmental Film Festival to bring the latest and top quality related documentaries to the Asheville Food & Environmental Film Festival September 22-25, 2010. Fresh Asheville was inspired by the movie FRESH, making it the headliner of this year's festival.
Participating restaurants will host an Opening Dinner at Eyes of Blue Farm featuring locally produced delights with proceeds to benefit this year's community project. This will be followed by three days of citywide screenings, lectures and workshops, and a closing dinner at Eyes of Blue Farm catered by Food Experience. This will be an opportunity to have a local farm fresh meal with the attending Directors and Producers of the festival film selection. Collaborative efforts are being made with the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) and Slow Food Asheville to include students in the festival program, and to launch UNCA's own chapter of Slow Food International during the festival, which will empower students to become more involved in solutions. There is further effort with other community organizations to implement new programs for students' service learning through hands-on experience of fresh local food as this year's community project. Although the community project is serving the community of Asheville, the festival will serve all who attend, and everyone is welcome from anywhere in the world.
As with any film festival, there are screening rights and fees, lecture fees, venue costs, advertising, and such. Pledges will assist with these costs and every dollar helps spread the knowledge about important issues affecting our health and the planet. The more the pledges, the more films will be shown, which means more people will be reached and inspired to action!