Wakefield documentary festival enjoys a weekend in the kitchen

A scene from Modified, one of four documentaries on food to be screened next weekend in Wakefield.

For the third year running, Wakefield Doc Fest is screening a fall weekend full of films. This time they seem determined to fill your plate. 

The weekend features four documentaries devoted to ‘food.’ There are two films in the field and two iare set in the kitchen. The films will run Oct. 12 to 14 in the Wakefield La Pêche Community Centre.

Here’s what’s coming:

Modified is directed by Aube Giroux of Canada. The film was released in 2017 and is 87 minutes long. It screens Oct. 12 at at 7:30 p.m. Modified examines food labelling with an emphasis on why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) aren’t on food product labels in Canada and the U.S. GMOs are labelled in 64 countries. The film has garnered eight awards so far including the Audience Choice Award at the Lunenburg Doc Fest in 2017.

Chef Flynn is directed by American Cameron Yates. It was released in 2018 and is 83 minutes long. It is screening on Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. Flynn McGarry is the so-called Justin Bieber of food and a phenomenon on the American culinary scene. At 12, he opened a supper club in his family’s home. At 16, he was on the cover of the New York Times Magazine. Flynn’s childhood was captured on camera by his mother and the footage provides a back story of this portrait of Flynn’s culinary skills.

The Heat: A Kitchen (R)Evolution  is directed by Canadian Maya Gallus. The film was released in 2018 and runs 75 minutes. It is screening on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. The film examines the women who are changing restaurant kitchen culture in the face of existing hierarchies and outright misogyny. The film takes up to meet talented female chefs in France, London, New York and Toronto. 

Seeds of Time is directed by Sandy McLeod, of the U.S. Her film was released in 2015 and runs 77 minutes. It’s closing the weeekend on Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. Oscar-nominated Sandy McLeod follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler who is trying to protect the future of food. Because less than seven per cent of the diversity in vegetable crops remains compared to a century ago, the impact of crop failures equals starvation and social unrest. With climate change this is accelerating.

For tickets and information please see wakefielddocfest.ca.

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.