RI International Film Fest Screening: Cafeteria Man

Friday, August 10, 2012

2:00 PM-3:15 PM

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Fri, 2012-08-10 14:00 - 15:15

Richard Chisolm, 2011

Cafeteria Man is a story of positive movement. It’s about the aspiration of social activists and citizens coming together to change the way kids eat at school. It’s about overhauling a dysfunctional nutritional system. And, it’s the story of what it takes, and who it takes, to make solutions happen. The feature documentary film chronicles an ambitious effort to ‘green’ the diet serving 83,000 students in Baltimore, Maryland's 200 public schools.

Leading the charge to replace pre-plated, processed foods with locally-grown, freshly-prepared meals is Tony Geraci, food and nutrition director for the city’s school system. A charismatic chef from New Orleans, Geraci describes himself as a “little bit lunch lady, a lot P.T. Barnum.” His mission is as audacious as it is practical. And his tenacious optimism is utterly contagious.

“This has never been done before,” affirms Geraci, “but it is completely doable.” The film follows Tony Geraci as a central character, introducing us to a dynamic assortment of human ingredients necessary for reform efforts to succeed, and giving us an inside glimpse of the forces resisting change. “If Tony makes this happen here the way he wants to, I think you’ll see this happening all over the country,” says best-selling author and food activist Michael Pollan in the film.

Cafeteria Man is about a chef with a recipe for change. It begins in Baltimore, proceeds to the US Congress, then the White House, and culminates in a national call to action.

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