Filmmaker Byron Hurt was last seen on PBS' Independent Lens Series in 2007 with his documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, an unflinching look at masculinity, misogyny, and homophobia in the rap world. Hurt now returns to public television with Soul Food Junkies, in which he tackles the broader issue of eating habits and health in the black community.
Food & Farm Film Fest
Where: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087
When: Mar. 29-31
The rundown: The slate of six screenings that will make up the first-ever Food & Farm Film Fest has yet to be announced, but full festival passes are now on sale for those earlybird types (events will be sold separately closer to the date as well). Public submissions of short films under 30 minutes are still being considered, with the winning selections to be notified at the beginning of February.
Food Stamped: Film and Conversation
Where: 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St. (at Dolores), 241-9760
When: Fri., Sept. 21, 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $12 (purchase tickets via Brown Paper Tickets)
The rundown: Food Stamped (2011), a documentary by Berkeley filmmaker Yoav Potash and his nutritionist wife Shira, shows firsthand the immense difficulties of eating nutritiously from the average of $1 per meal allotted for people who receive food stamps. Even with resources like the Berkeley Bowl and Shira's educational background at their fingertips, the couple still find it to be an almost impossible challenge. 18 Reasons will screen the film and follow it with a dicussion led by Leo O'Farrell, who is in charge of San Francisco's CalFresh department, which processes food stamp applications.