Indianapolis Edition

Local Documentary Bonds Community in the Cycle of Food Production

Food First, a documentary highlighting Indianapolis as a model for community building by changing the production and distribution of food, will have its premiere screening on from 5 to 8 p.m. on June 11 at Tyner Pond Farm. Five additional evening showings throughout Greater Indy will take place at Nickel Plate Arts, June 16; The Platform, June 17; Eskenazi Hospital, June 23; 37 Place, July 22; and The Indianapolis Arts Center, July 24.

“Food is the thing that community hinges upon,” says film producer Hannah Lindgren. “Our relationships are formed through food because we have a relationship with where it came from and who grew it. By knowing the cycle of food production and buying local, we can create a stronger sense of community. When we support farmers and restaurants sourcing with local ingredients, we support our community members and their families.”

The kickoff screening at Tyner Pond Farm also includes farm tours, local music performances, games, a food truck, and a panel of speakers discussing this event’s focused topic Agriculture: Agriculture CommunityGrowing Quality Food and the Economics of Local Sourcing.

All screenings are followed by Community Conversations with a panel of speakers further educating on the local food movement. Other event topics include Increasing Access to Healthy Food, Local Food as Economic Development, and Nutrition as Preventative Medicine. Panel speakers will be different than speakers that’ll appear in the movies to add other voices and perspectives.

“We hope that this film can serve as a catalyst for conversation about what’s going on with the food industry,” continues Lindgren. “When more people talk about it, the more action we will see in its progression.” She envisions this film will eventually be part of film festivals as well as potentially be offered online with a screening free.

In early 2015, PlantPure Nation, a documentary with a similar mission, was released with the intention to create a grassroots plant-based eating movement nationwide. Along with film screenings, a 10-Day Jump Start online program accompanied the film. The program included a series of free informational videos with additional information on eating PlantPure.

Kickoff screening admission: $10; children 12 and under free. All proceeds will be donated to Growing Places Indy. Event location: Tyner Pond Farm, 7408 E. 200 St., Greenfield. For more information on Tyner Pond, visit For a full list of Food First screenings, community conversation topics and event activities, visit For more information on PlantPure Nation, visit

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