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Films raise awareness about food access, poverty, beef production

Addie Broyles

Austin filmmaker David Barrow has been busy working on two food films, one of which is debuting this fall and another that he’s finishing for 2014.

The first, “Farm-City, State,” tackles the question of what a city would look like if it produced all the food its residents needed. Barrow worked with local farms, farmers markets, nonprofits, activists and chefs to explore topics including sustainability, land use and food access, insecurity and cost.

On Sept 25, the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas will host a free showing (reserve a seat at at 6:30 p.m. at the Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St. The Sustainable Food Center and the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts are hosting another screening of the movie Oct. 19. Tickets ($25, including snacks and beverages) will raise money for SFC.

(The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas screening is part of its Hunger Awareness Month activities, which also include a free showing of the Frontline documentary “Poor Kids” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Carver Center. I’ll be on a panel after the film to discuss some of the issues it brings up, including how food insecurity disproportionally affects women and single mothers. You can reserve a seat for this screening at

Another project Barrow has been working on is “True Beef: From Pasture to Plate,” a documentary set to come out in 2014 featuring culinary and FFA students from Connally High School in Pflugerville. (You can watch the trailer for the film and find out more about its release at