Tickets are on sale now for the Indianapolis International Film Fest’s Film to Fork movie series, which pairs food-driven films with themed menus. Presented by the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University and in partnership with the Indy Food Council, the Indy film fest’s goal, said president Craig Mince, “is to create a shared experience around film. By incorporating themes about our food culture — a topic that also interests many of our guests — we are able to add another layer to the conversation.”
The series kicks off March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Indiana Landmark Center with a double feature. The first film of the evening will be a world premiere of a local short film titled “FarmCity,” which examines the complicated relationship between the health of a city and its food system. In this challenging documentary, producer JD Schuyler shares an inside view of Indianapolis’ health through the stories of an urban farmer, a single mother, a grocery store owner, health experts and community organizers, and looks at what needs to happen to build a healthier city.
The second film of the evening is “An American Farm to Fork Celebration: The Joseph Decuis Story.” Joseph Decuis, an award-winning restaurant in Roanoke, Ind., raises nearly much of what the restaurant serves, from herbs and vegetables to free-range chickens, pigs, goats, sheep, and perhaps most notably, Waygu cattle. This film offers a glimpse into the inner workings of the restaurant, which will be catering the event. Tickets are $35, and must be purchased from at indyfilmfest.org before Feb. 28.
Other films in the series include:
- March 20: “Le Chef,” a French comedy that offers viewers a front row seat to the politics of restaurants, when a revered chef goes toe-to-toe with the restaurant’s CEO.
- April 3: “Somm,” which follows four young sommeliers as they prepare to sit for the Master Sommelier exam — a grueling test with some of the lowest pass rates in the world.
- April 17: “Tasting Menu,” a Spanish comedy about a couples’ life-changing dinner — a year in the making.
Tickets for each event are $35, and are available at indyfilmfest.org. All movies will be screened at Indiana Landmarks, 1201 Central Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the films will begin at 7 p.m.
The Indy Film Fest 2014 Spring Series is made possible by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Grant. The Indy Film Fest was awarded the $25,000 grant in December and will use it to keep costs to guests at a minimum.