Food films for 2013

Upcoming documentaries

February 4, 2013

OK, food politickers, we know you’ve probably already seen "King Corn" and "Food, Inc." and "Super Size Me." (And if you haven’t, and want more tips on good food documentaries, there are plenty of top-10 lists out there, from such sources as Lettuce Eat Kale and The Good Human and Paste magazine.) So what’s coming up for 2013?

Deborah Koons Garcia, who made "The Future of Food," has a new documentary coming out titled "Symphony of the Soil." In the spirit of "Dirt! The Movie," Koons Garcia’s new offering focuses on the stuff that (hydroponic farming excepted) is essential for producing the food we eat. (Related but less food-focused is the new film "Women in the Dirt," about influential female landscape architects.)

For advocates of urban farming, the new documentary "Edible City" traces the evolution of the good-food movement (with a focus on small-scale organic farming) in the Bay Area. And for organic diehards (or skeptics), there’s "In Organic We Trust," a documentary exploring the history of the recent organics movement, from grassroots effort to corporate embrace.

Finally, there’s the Food Film Fest, with screenings in Charleston, South Carolina (May), New York City (October), and Chicago (November). If you’ve made your own little food flick, submit it to the fest; you’ve still got time.