from Optic Nerve Productions, a film by ROBERT BATES and BRIAN KIMMEL, Executive Producers CORINNE BOURDEAU  and MARY MURPHY, Written & Directed by ROBERT BATES, Narrated by BEBE NEUWIRTH,  (2009,  67 min)

WHEN:  Sunday March 2, 2014  1:15 pm

WHERE:  Community Church NY Gallery Room, 28 East 35th St. btwn Park & Madison Aves.

ADMISSION: Free, donations appreciated


There can be little doubt at this point that the issue of diet and nutrition and their relationship to health and well being has taken on immense national concern which in turn has finally begun to reach legislators and shape policy. From Michelle Obama’s organic garden at the White House, urban gardening initiatives as a response to "food deserts", to new focus on the quality of school lunch programs, there is a gradual awakening happening. It has captured the interest of the population but has raised the ire of the entrenched interests in big agribusiness.


American food is in a state of crisis, but a movement to put good food back on the table is emerging. What began 30 years ago with chefs demanding better flavor, has inspired consumers to seek relationships with nearby farmers. This is local food. At the focal point of this movement, and of this film, are the farmers and chefs who are creating a truly sustainable food system. Their collaborative work has resulted in great tasting food and an explosion of consumer awareness about the benefits of eating local.


Attention being paid to the local food movement comes at a time when the failings of our current industrialized food system are becoming all too clear. For the first time in history, our children’s generation is expected to have a shorter lifespan than our own. The quality, taste and nutritional value of the food we eat has dropped sharply over the last fifty years. Shipped from ever-greater distances, we have literally lost sight of where our food comes from and in the process we've lost a vital connection to our local community and to our health.


A feature-length documentary, INGREDIENTS illustrates how people around the country are working to revitalize that connection. Narrated by Bebe Neuwirth, the film takes us across the U.S. from the diversified farms of the Hudson River and Willamette Valleys to the urban food deserts of Harlem and to the kitchens of celebrated chefs Alice Waters, Peter Hoffman and Greg Higgins. INGREDIENTS is a journey that reveals the people behind the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities.