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Arts and Entertainment

Growing, Preparing, Serving: Levi's Workshop Filmmakers Make Movies About Food

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Just steps away from the Levi's Film Workshop space set up at MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary last Thursday night, food and film enthusiasts gathered under the stars to watch the premiere of a trio of short films about food.


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Aaron Rose's "Wild Goodness" looks at the "growing" end of food, and the powerful, and poetic, connection between gardening and eating. A series of seemingly disconnected vignettes, including lush garden footage, bicycle gardens, a play on Warhol's Screentests starring poultry, and some lovely animation, together advocate awareness of feeling connected to what we eat.

For "preparing," filmmaker Lorenzo Fonda headed down to the Pitchfork Dahlia Ranch in San Pedro to capture itinerant chef celebre Ludo Lefebvre at his most itinerant--making fire, harvesting veggies, retrieving eggs, and sourcing a fresh chicken (yes, this means what you think, though the film is not graphic), and preparing a meal. "The Sound of Heat" leans heavily on the delicacies of cooking's noises, so what was a bit drowned out by DTLA noise in screening can be easily appreciated at the computer.

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Lastly, in the most playful of the set, is "Feast of Fury," representing the "serving" category, which is Dugan O'Neal's play on a King Fu battle movie starring the team behind the Kogi BBQ trucks.

Check out all three of the films below. There are a few more Levi's Workshop events happening before the pop-up studio packs up in a couple of weeks. The Workshop was set up in conjunction with MOCA's "Art in the Streets" exhibit; LAist checked it out (on film) shortly after its April open.

GROWING: Wild Goodness from Levi's Film Workshop on Vimeo.

PREPARING: The Sound of Heat from Levi's Film Workshop on Vimeo.

SERVING: Feast of Fury from Levi's Film Workshop on Vimeo.