The Great Food Speedup: From Hunter-Gatherers to Microwaves
Nonfiction filmmaking holds a strong appeal for many committed directors and producers. This ongoing series lets you sample wide-ranging approaches to the contemporary documentary.
This compelling look at how America got used to processed, packaged food comes right from the source—government and industry.
Filled with visions of meat-production lines, supermarkets, and herbicide-withered weeds, the industry- and government-produced films packaged in The Great Food Speedup show how the American food system accelerated into hormone-fueled homogeneity. Highlights include This Is Hormel (ca. 1964), Beef Rings the Bell (ca. 1962), and Dow Chemical’s Death to Weeds (1947). Writer, filmmaker, and archivist Rick Prelinger introduces these and other films from the Prelinger Archives, a collection of 60,000 educational and industrial films he founded. The Library of Congress acquired the collection in 2002. Visit Prelinger.com for more information about Prelinger and the collection. (app. 100 mins., video)
Admission$7 students (tickets required)
MAJOR SEASON SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS FOR FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS
Rohauer Collection Foundation
American Airlines/American Eagle
GENERAL SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
FIELD & SCREEN COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Dine Originals Columbus
Wayward Seed Farm