Cameron University’s “Waste Not, Want Not” event to examine food waste with free documentary screening and panel discussion

In conjunction with “Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities,” Cameron University’s triennial academic festival, the International Film Club will examine food recycling during “Waste Not, Want Not.” The event will start with a screening of “The Gleaners and I,” a 2000 French documentary which highlights the recycling of objects and food waste from grocers, restaurants, markets and farms. Following the screening, attendees will hear from Joe Tilton, Fairmont Creamery, and Elizabeth Murphy, Murphy Farms, during a panel discussion and question and answer session. The event takes place on Friday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center. The event is open to the public at no charge.

“The Gleaners and I,” a French-language film with English subtitles, tracks a series of gleaners as they hunt for food, knickknacks, thrown away items and personal connection. It has been referred to as “both a diary and a kind of extended essay on poverty, thrift and the curious place of scavenging in French history and culture.”

Filmmaker Agnés Varda travels the French countryside as well as the city to find and film not only field gleaners, but also urban gleaners and those connected to gleaners, including a wealthy restaurant owner whose ancestors were gleaners. The film spends time capturing the many aspects of gleaning and the people who glean to survive.

The award-winning film was voted the eighth best documentary film of all time by film critics in a 2014 poll by Sight & Sound Magazine, a publication of the British Film Institute.

Guest speakers Joe Tilton and Elizabeth Murphy make positive contributions to the quality of life in the Lawton Fort Sill community. Tilton, Vice President of the Board of Directors, Fairmont Dairy Experience, Inc., is working to bring the dream of heritage-based commerce in Lawton to reality. Murphy operates an organic farm in Hastings, selling organic produce at the Fairmont Creamery Farmer’s Market and other locations from spring through fall.

For more information, contact Dr. Marie-Ginette Baillargeon at mbaillar@cameron.edu.

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February 24, 2015

PR# 15-030