Films about food to be shown

The Food For Thought Film Festival will host four films in three cities over the course of Eat Local Week, Sept. 7-16.

The first film, "Mad City Chickens," will be part of a Chicken-palooza open house and event from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.

The event includes appetizers, resources about keeping backyard chickens, and a Grange Co-op presentation. Special guest Gene Burnett will perform an original song "Free-range chicken." The 80-minute film will show at 4 p.m., with a discussion following.

"Food Stamped," a 62-minute film about eating a well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget, will show at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 12, at the RCC Higher Education Building, 101 S. Bartlett St., Medford. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Two short films on farming will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Summer Jo's, 2315 Upper River Road Loop, Grants Pass.

The 48-minute film "Truck Farm" tells the story of a new generation of quirky urban farmers. The 27-minute film "Big River," a Peabody-winning documentary, investigates the environmental impact an acre of corn has sent to people and places downstream.

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