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  • simonathibault 3:21 pm on November 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adam Pearson, , , Ivy Knight, Lucy Waverman, , , , Wolfville   

    Getting ready for Devour 

    Yes, it’s here once again, Devour: The Food Film Fest is revving up once again for five days of film, food and much, much more.

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    Sure, Anthony Bourdain will be there, but a few Passable people will be there as well doing some great workshops!  For those of you devoted to making food porn, Matt Armendariz and Adam Pearson are going to be talking about food photography and food styling on Friday morning at 10:00 am, down at the Al Whittle Theatre in Studio Z.

    On the food writing front, I will be moderating a panel on food writing that will include Passable’s own Melissa Buote, as well as Lucy Waverman and Ivy Knight. That takes place on Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm in Studio Z in the Al Whittle Theatre.

    I’ll also be hosting a chat with chef Craig Flinn talking about the craft of writing cookbooks on Saturday. The talk will include advice, anecdotes and maybe even a little culinary surprise. It takes place Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm in Studio Z at the Al Whittle Theatre.

    See you down there!

    (Full disclosure: As well as being a moderator for these two panels, I am also a programmer for Devour, and have been since 2013.)


  • simonathibault 4:08 pm on November 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Devouring the festivities 

    Devour! The Food Film Festival is on this week in Wolfville. As I have previously mentioned, I was lucky enough to be asked to be a programmer for this years’ crop of films.  But before the screenings had even begun, the festival started off with a tasty evening called “The Five Senses”, hosted by Bob Blumer.

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    I’ll be posting pics from the event on my twitter feed, as well as the occasional post, so stay tuned!

  • simonathibault 11:32 am on October 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    A Feast For The Eyes 

    With the recent announcement of the program for Devour! The Food Film Fest a couple weeks ago, I though I might take the time to share a few of my favourite selections for this year’s upcoming screenings. As I stated in my last post about the festival, I had the pleasure to be one of the programmers for this year’s crop, and although I am proud of the program, I do have to admit to a certain preference for these selections.

    The Fruit Hunters

    Directed by Yung Ching, this film opens the festival with a sweet note. The Fruit Hunters follows a group of people who spend their lives thinking, dreaming, working with, and eating fruit.  But this isn’t a tale of apples and oranges.  Rare, almost forgotten, and heirloom varieties of all manner of fruit are sought after and discussed, from the seemingly mundane (apples) to the questionably palatable (durian, anyone?).

    Gone Fishing

    This selection of shorts looks at the connections that we have with the bodies of water that feed and sustain us.   A must for seafood lovers, and those who care for all things marine. Pay close attention to a few maritime-based selections in the program.

    Step Up To The Plate

    The name Michel Bras is respected and revered amongst chefs and food lovers around the world.  It’s not just the Michelin stars that does this, but the absolute dedication that Bras brings to his oeuvre. In Step Up To The Plate, director Paul Lacoste speaks Bras and his son as well, who has not only followed in his father’s footsteps to become a renowned chef, but respects and echoes his father’s drive to create memorable food. This film also screens with a short about the famed scandinavian restaurant, Faviken.

    Devour The Shorts

    The great thing about film festivals is the chance to see films that you may never get to see in any other context.  Keep an eye out for “I Kill”, a graphic but telling interview with a man who’s job it is to end the lives animals who find their way to your plate. Thoughtful, difficult, and arguably essential viewing for anyone who wants to know where their food comes from.

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