August 24, 2012
Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre Hosts Fresh Film Festival
Just like squash in summer, food documentaries have flourished in recent years due to increased awareness of what Americans eat and how it affects their health and their taste buds. Colonial Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Farmers Market present seven films for the Fresh Film Festival to reflect themes related to farmers, food, farmers markets, restaurants and the local food movement.
The film festival kicks off on Friday, Sept. 7 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre with the premiere of a film about the Williamsburg Farmers Market produced by local film company, Inspirit Creative, and two hour-long documentaries. The festival continues Saturday morning while the farmers market is in progress on Merchants Square and the films continue until evening. Many Merchants Square restaurants will be supporting the film festival with “Farm-to-Table” specials on their menus.
The films reflect the idea that social change starts with people putting their money where their heart is – and that includes supporting their local farmers market. But many people embrace the local food movement for another reason – they are putting their money where their stomach is. They want food grown for taste, not shipping.
Access to fresh, local food is part of the mission of the Williamsburg Farmers Market. One of the unique features of the market is that consumers can talk to the farmers – all stands are staffed by people growing, raising, harvesting or producing their products.
The slate of films for the festival at the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square was chosen for its fresh take on how Americans eat:
Admission is free but tickets are required. Tickets can be obtained by calling 1-800-HISTORY or visiting any Colonial Williamsburg ticket office.
Merchants Square businesses are offering specials during the film festival for moviegoers.
The film festival is also part of the local Chamber and Tourism Alliance initiative, “Williamsburg’s Arts Month,” highlighting local art activities in September. “A film festival is a fabulous addition to Arts Month and an exciting way to celebrate 10 years of farmers market success,” said Terry Buntrock, Arts Month coordinator.
Located in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the beautifully restored Kimball Theatre presents films, live performances, musical concerts, and special programs. Creative programming alliances with the College of William and Mary, community organizations and Colonial Williamsburg link the past with the present. The 410-seat theater also houses a 35-seat screening room which enables the theater to offer films to the community seven days a week, even when live performances are staged in the main theater. For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.
In 1999, Colonial Williamsburg benefactors Gretchen and the late Bill Kimball made a major gift to renovate the historic facility and to transform it into the multipurpose Kimball Theatre. The 35-seat screening room was underwritten by a grant from the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation. Other generous donors continue to make gifts to endow Kimball Theatre programming. Their names are listed on plaques in the theater lobby.