Thursday, September 11, 2014

Flatirons Food Film Festival highlights craft beer and more

Craft beer and film are mixing more often these days, and when there is an event that features both craft beer fans will want to take notice. There's an upcoming film and food festival coming to Boulder, Colorado in October that highlights the craft beer industry as well as food and more. Check out the details for the upcoming Flatirons Food Film Festival - October 15-19, 2014.

Flatirons Food Film Festival plans to bring the gusto in October

Viewing, tasting, and sipping opportunities abound at Boulder’s premier food cinema gathering.

[PRESS RELEASE] BOULDER Colo. (Sept. 8, 2014) - A four-star culinary cinema feast is ready to be served at the Flatirons Food Film Festival, presented by Superior Liquor, October 15-19, at Muenzinger Auditorium on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus. Short films will be shown before the feature presentations, which include introductions and discussions with some of the best-known local chefs, brewers, farmers, and sustainable food experts.

Paired with these films are equally appetizing events including a craft beer-pairing dinner; a molecular gastronomy demonstration and tasting; and tours of a craft distillery and a sustainable Boulder farm that features integrated aquaponics and a mushroom lab.

The festival opener on October 17 is the premiere of “Craft“, a heady toast to the craft beer movement in North America with stops at Odell Brewing and Funkwerks in Ft. Collins. Chef Jason Rogers (Oskar Blues) offers a cooking with beer demo and tasting before the film. Bryan Selders, head brewer of Post Brewing Company, introduces “Craft” and joins a panel discussion with Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing, Dan Rabin, author of the “Colorado Breweries Guidebook,“ and Julia Herz of the Brewers Association. Post Brewing Company and Boulder’s BRU Handbuilt Ales are collaborating on a special beer for the festival.

The focus shifts on October 18 to family with “Trattoria,“ a dramedy about a workaholic chef and his estranged son who must reconnect through cooking. Restaurateur Dave Query, the mind behind such restaurants as Centro, Lola, and Zolo Grill, will participate in a lunch panel discussion on restaurant work/life balance at Boulder’s Jax Fish House.

How future families across the globe will be fed is the subject of “Seeds of Change,” an urgent look at our coming agriculture crisis and the seed banks that are racing to preserve genetic diversity as climate change threatens, which will screen after “Trattoria.”

The nascent urban farming movement’s potential for revitalizing cities and upgrading the way we eat is examined in “Growing Cities,” screening October 19. Coby Gould, executive director of The GrowHaus in Denver, introduces the film and discusses the phenomenon with Joseph Teipel of Re:Vision, and Master Gardener Lauren Richardson of Growing Gardens. Rusty Collins, director of the Colorado State University Denver Extension office, will moderate.

The festival reaches its sweet finale October 19 with “El Somni,” a documentary that immerses viewers in the creation of a twelve-course multi-media culinary opera in Barcelona involving a world-renowned restaurant, musicians, composers, singers, and visual artists. Colorado’s best-known practitioner of molecular gastronomy, Ian Kleinman, will introduce this tour de force and provide some tasteful context using liquid nitrogen.

The festival events will also feature notable local chefs, including Sheila Lucero (Jax Fish House), Theo Adley (Squeaky Bean), and Eric Skokan (Black Cat Farm-Table-Bistro).

The Flatirons Food Film Festival is part of the International Film Series (IFS) at the University of Colorado-Boulder. For International Film Series information: www.internationalfilmseries.com. Tickets to individual films are $8, $7 for CU-Boulder students and seniors. Other events are priced individually. Visit www.flatironsfoodfilmfest.org for more event information. A festival pass ($25) includes all movies and free parking validation. Festival passes are also sold at select Whole Foods Market stores, IFS screenings, and Absolute Vinyl.

The Flatirons Food Film Festival is presented by Superior Liquor with additional support from the Big Red F Group, Savory Spice Shop - Boulder, Ideal Market, Whole Foods Market, and our media sponsor, Daily Camera/Longmont Times Call. The festival also gratefully acknowledges the support of Bauman College, Boulder County Farmers' Market, Black Cat Farm-Table-Bistro, Boulder County Farmers’ Market, Bramble and Hare, BRU, Cocktail Punk, Indian Food Rocks!, Lyons Farmette, Ozuk√©, Pearl Street Dental, Peggy Markel's Culinary Adventures, Roundhouse Spirits, Sterling-Rice Group, The Inventing Room, and Zachary Lin Design.

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