“Fresh Cinema” – Film, Food & Science Showcase (May 13)

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“Fresh Cinema” – Film, Food & Science Showcase (May 13)

May 13, 2017

About | Film Showcases | Guest Speakers | Wellness Resources



Discover the science of healthy eating on the big screen!

On May 13, 2017 visit the Digital Gym CINEMA in North Park for a fun-filled day of films, food, conversation, and wellness resources!

Fresh Cinema will showcase three food and science-related movies (FORKS OVER KNIVES, KING CORN & THE MARTIAN), followed by hosted panels with local science experts.

Plus, there’ll be FREE, simple, cost-effective healthy eating food demonstrations by local chefs, yoga classes, live music by old time blues and fiddle duo Michael Thomas & Stewball and much more!

Tabling opportunities for community health and local agriculture partners currently available.

Film Showcases


11:00am | Forks Over Knives

Talk with Mindy Swanson, MPH, Garden Educator & School Wellness Coordinator at Birney Elementary & Dig Down Deep Garden Educators


What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases. Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.


1:15pm | King Corn

Talk with Goran Bozinovic, Ph.D., Division of Biological Sciences Lecturer at University of California, San Diego, Lecturer, Division of Biological Sciences at University of California, San Diego



King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.


3:20pm | The Martian, starring Matt Damon

Talks with:

Jane K. Willenbring, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Geosciences Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

Dave Stegman, Associate Professor, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego



When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet, including how to grow his own food.. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.


Fresh Cinema Guest Speakers:

Melinda Sue Swanson, MPH, Garden Educator & School Wellness Coordinator, San Diego Unified School District


Goran Bozinovic, Ph.D., Lecturer, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego


Jane K. Willenbring, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Geosciences Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Dave Stegman, Associate Professor, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

Wellness Resources

Second Chance Youth Garden | Farm stand & CSA providing fresh locally grown produce with a mission to support youth employment.


Veg-Appeal | Healthy, vegan food demonstration. Helping individuals and groups achieve their health goals through a whole-food, plant-powered and planet-friendly way of eating.


Kitchens For Good | Aims to break the cycles of food waste, poverty and hunger through innovative programs in workforce training, healthy food production, and social enterprise.


Slow Food Urban San Diego | Local chapter of the national organization Slow Food USA, and its parent organization Slow Food International. Locally involved in raising public awareness, improving access and encouraging the enjoyment of foods that are local, seasonal and sustainably grown.


Suja Juice | Purveyors of organic and cold-pressured juices and smoothies.


Edible San Diego | Tells the story of San Diego County’s diverse regional food system.


Pulse of Life | Storytelling project examining how communities in San Diego are intervening to make healthy choices easier by providing more equitable access to healthy food, health education, health care, public transportation, physical activities, and a safer built environment. Presented by Kaiser Permanente.


Yoga Fresh Cinema Digital Gym CinemaCore Power Yoga North Park | CorePower Yoga strives to show the world the incredible, life-changing things that happen when an intensely physical workout is rooted in the mindfulness of yoga. Through a variety of yoga classes, convenient times and 160+ studios nationwide, CorePower Yoga works every muscle & every emotion, turning doubt into security & stress into sweat.


Core Power Yoga will be offering two FREE yoga classes at 12:15pm & 2:15pm. Bring your mat & water and enjoy!


Film Tickets:

$11 General Admission / $8.50 Students & Seniors / $7.50 Members. Tickets available at box office or online:

Fresh Cinema Combo: 3 films for $25

Buy Movie Tickets

For more information about Fresh Cinema or to get involved, please contact Digital Gym Cinema at info@mediaartscenter.org | 619-230-1938.


An initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

 This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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