Recently, filmmaker and multi-hyphenate David Bernabo and Eat That, Read This creator Adam Shuck launched a Kickstarter campaign for The Glassblock, “a forthcoming web magazine of Pittsburgh that aims to inform, entertain, and showcase the breadth of cultural work taking place in our city.” On December 15th, the collaborators will raise awareness about their project with a movie-related fundraising event at the newly opened Ace Hotel Pittsburgh.
The event will focus around a half-hour sneak preview of the feature-length film, Food Systems, Chapter 3: The Ecosystem, the latest installment in Bernabo’s acclaimed documentary series about Pittsburgh’s relationship to food as a marker of cultural identity and change, as a sensory, celebratory experience, and as part of a larger system of regional economy and environment. Using interviews and stop-motion animation, the follow-up to Dinner on the Farm and A Night Out explores the concept of the city’s regional “food system” as told through the life of a local farmer, touching on issues of food access and environmental considerations.
The evening will also include a post-screening panel discussion, and the option for a prix-fixe three-course dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Whitfield. The panel will cover issues of regional food production and distribution with local experts such as Chatham University associate professor and Food Studies program director, Alice Julier, food writer, Leah Lizarondo, chef and e2 owner, Kate Romane, One Woman Farm founder, Margaret Schlass, and Ace Hotel Pittsburgh executive chef, Bethany Zozula. Ticketholders can also purchase Whitfield-crafted movie snacks and participate in a raffle for a free one-night stay at the hotel.
The Food Systems, Chapter 3: The Ecosystem preview screening will take place at 7 p.m. in the hotel’s ballroom, followed by the discussion panel. Tickets are $10 general admission or $65 for a Dinner and a Movie ticket, which includes the three-course meal, with reservations available either before the program at 5:30 p.m. or afterwards at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at The Glassblock website. All proceeds go toward the fundraising campaign for The Glassblock. The Kickstarter campaign will continue through December 16th.