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9/5/2016 - Southbury Film Commission Announces Documentary Series

MEDIA RELEASE: September 5, 2016, Southbury, CT


The Southbury Film Commission (SFC) is pleased to announce its inaugural documentary film series beginning Thursday, September 22nd at 7:00 pm at Southbury Town Hall, 501 Main Street South in Room 205. The SFC has partnered with Southbury-Woodbury Interfaith Ministries (S.W.I.M.) to present “Just Eat It,” winner of numerous film festival awards.

“Just Eat It,” will be the first feature-length documentary in a three part socially conscious and food centric series scheduled to be screened over the next six months.

“We discussed different themes for our initial series and the topic of food came up,” explained SFC Member Ann Marie Galus, who also serves as Executive Director of the Southbury Food Bank.

“We decided it would be interesting to address the subject from the viewpoint of three different films. The first addresses food waste in our country, the second looks at food’s impact on health and the third film showcases food production’s impact on the environment,” said Galus.

“Just Eat It,” follows filmmakers and food lovers, Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin as they dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that have been discarded. In a nation where one in ten people are food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling.

The film explores our systemic obsession with expiration dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe.

Following the 74 minute film, there will be a 20-30 minute panel discussion comprised of representatives from Southbury and Woodbury Food Banks and local businesses sharing what they are doing to reduce food waste in our community.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Therefore, please RSVP by emailing the SFC at Also, please bring a non-perishable item to share with our local food banks.


Contact: Joel Wald, Chairman or Fran Tepperman, Vice Chairman
Southbury Film Commission
(203) 262-0647

Instagram: @SouthburyFilm