Keep it Reel: Whole Foods Hosts a Film Fest

Whole Foods Market's "Do Something Reel" Film Festival began on April 1st and is in full swing! The Earth Month fest will travel to 70 U.S. cities where it will screen six films focused on food, environmental issues, and individuals making a difference in their communities.

Included on the film roster are "Lunch Line," a documentary that follows six kids from inner-city Chicago as they set out to fix school lunch; and "PLANEAT," which may convince you to cut down on the meat and dairy and add more veggies to your diet.

The fest will roll into Philly for screenings at World Cafe Live on April 17th. There will also be additional showings in Jenkintown, Plymouth Meeting, and across the bridge in Haddon Township, NJ through April 30th. Click here for all screening dates and times.

Tickets are $10, and a portion of the proceeds will go to participating filmmakers so that they may continue to produce films that inspire awareness and change.

Continue after the jump for all featured films!

 “Bag It!” – filmmaker Suzan Beraza follows Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic-reliant world.  Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics.

“Lunch Line” – filmmakers Mike Graziano and Ernie Park follow six kids from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago as they set out to fix school lunch – and wind up at the White House. Their unlikely journey parallels the dramatic transformation of school lunch from a patchwork of local anti-hunger efforts to a robust national feeding program.

“On Coal River” – filmmakers Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Woods follow the journey of a former coal miner and his neighbors, residents of Coal River Valley in West Virginia, as they transform from so-called victims to fearless and informed experts on mountaintop removal.

“PLANEAT” – Shelley Lee Davis and Or Shlomi tell the story of the scientists, farmers and chefs tackling one of the greatest problems of our age: Western culture’s love affair with meat and dairy.  Through an extraordinary personal and mouthwatering culinary journey we discover the wide range of medical and environmental benefits of eating our veggies.

“Urban Roots” – Filmmaker Mark MacInnis tells the powerful story of a group of dedicated Detroiters working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally grown, sustainably farmed food in a city cut off from real food and limited to processed fast food. This group has taken on the enormous task of changing this reality.

“Vanishing of the Bees” – Narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page, this cautionary tale from filmmakers George Langworthy and Maryam Heinen reveals the mystery of the disappearing bees, and the links to industrial farming and our attitude toward the natural world.  Starring in this real-life drama is a commercial bee farmer who sounded the alarm when his bee colonies collapsed and his business was decimated.