The filmmaker Grant Baldwin discusses his documentary Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, which screens at the Vancouver International Film Festival, food waste, and more, with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am <em>Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.
The filmmaker Grant Baldwin joins me now. He’s the director, co-writer, editor and composer of a new documentary, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. It’s a timely, compelling, fascinating film that chronicles the six months that he and his partner Jen Rustemeyer spend looking at food consumption and food waste, especially in North America. Over a half a year in this film, we see Jen and Grant survive on discarded food. They would dive into dumpsters looking for food. What the film does is look at how food is grown, how it’s consumed, the absurd standards retail grocery stores have for food, how much of it is thrown away for equally absurd reasons, as well as the labeling of food, which includes expiry dates that aren’t all that accurate. I’ll get Mr. Baldwin, who joins me now to talk about this film, which debuted at Hot Docs, and which screens during the Vancouver International Film Festival beginning this Sunday, 28 September 2014 at the Rio Theatre, that’s at 6.30pm. There’s a second showing Tuesday morning, 30 September 2014 at SFU Woodwards, and another showing 1.30pm on Monday, 06 October 2014 at the Vancouver Playhouse. Visit www.viff.org for tickets, and www.foodwastemovie.com for more information. Grant Baldwin began his career composing music for film and television. He shot, directed and edited the documentary The Clean Bin Project, which Jen was the subject of. This film’s executive producer is Melanie Wood, who was on the program last year, as a matter of fact. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Grant Baldwin; Mr. Baldwin, good morning.