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Cafeteria Man

Cafeteria Man takes a behind the scenes look at Chef Tony Geraci's efforts to kick-start school lunch reform in Baltimore and Memphis. Geraci hatches an ambitious plan to feed students healthy, locally-sourced meals, teach them nutritional awareness, and offer them training and vocational opportunities in the world of food. Includes appearances by Michael Pollan and Michelle Obama.

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  • Format: 1 x 64 Minutes
  • Production Year: 2011
  • Supplier: The Video Project
  • Original Language: English
"Highly recommended for a wide range of classes in addition to family & consumer science programs. The film could be used to generate discussion about many topics, such as urban schools, healthy eating, childhood obesity, local food movement, economic issues, community involvement, and youth activism." - Educational Media Reviews Online "Recommended. An engaging look at an issue that has made headlines thanks to the efforts of the First Lady. (Tony) Geraci was ready to shake things up, insisting on replacing dull institutional offerings with fresh local ingredients, educating children (and food service workers) in the basics of good nutrition, instituting meatless Mondays, and growing his own produce and herbs at a small truck farm." - Video Librarian "(Tony Geraci's) comments about the possibility of using fresh meat and locally grown vegetables and fruits, interspersed with vignettes featuring kids growing and preparing fresh food, provide great evidence of how his vision could be implemented. Viewers will come away thinking about the possibilities of something similar for their own schools." – School Library Journal "Cafeteria Man provides powerful ammunition in the fight to end the epidemic of childhood obesity." - Jay A. Perman, MD President, University of Maryland Baltimore Host, Summit on Childhood Obesity "Richard Chisolm's elating movie about good-food guru Tony Geraci…celebrates Geraci for his profound grasp of what healthful eating means to public school students." – Baltimore Sun "Upbeat….Geraci is the eloquent, occasionally outspoken engine that pulls this train of common-sense sincerity, institutional ennui and slow, yet steady change." – Variety "A clear-eyed look at transformative change in school food, permeated by an infectious sense of possibility." - Jan Poppendieck, Author, Free For All: Fixing School Food In America "A compelling and original wake-up call. Cafeteria Man shows us that improving school food isn't about nutrients and recipes — but vision." – Jane Black, Food Writer "Cafeteria Man takes a feel-good approach to advocating for healthier, and more local school lunches." – Huffington Post "A documentary about one determined individual's battle against a rigid status quo, filmed with honesty, compassion and humor." -Organic Connections Magazine
• CINE Golden Eagle • AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival • Chesapeake Film Festival • Maryland Film Festival • New Orleans Patois Int’l Human Rights Film Festival • Council on Foundations Film & Video Festival
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