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The red carpet will be rolled out for film festival at Penn State Fayette

10/7/2011 —

Fans of great food and cooking, aka foodies, will want to check out the 2011 Fayette Film Festival at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus Oct. 19 through Oct. 27 in Swimmer Hall in the Williams Building.

This year’s theme “Films for Foodies” is ideal for people who love great food, cooking and movies.

“I’ve been thinking about this theme for a longtime,” says John Riddle, head librarian and adjunct professor of film studies at Penn State Fayette. “Ever since I saw ‘Babette’s Feast’ years ago, I kept movies about great food in the back of my mind. There’s just something about watching food being lovingly prepared.Even if someone isn’t a ‘foodie,’ they might become one after watching these films. Everyone is encouraged to come with an appetite!”

The festival will kick off on Oct. 19 with “Big Night” (1996) the story of two brothers who host a great feast in one final effort to save their Italian restaurant starring Stanely Tucci and Tony Shalhoub.

“Eat Drink Man Woman” (1994) will take to the silver screen Oct. 20. The film uses food as a metaphor for the values of life in this classic film. One reviewer recommended keeping the number of a good Chinese restaurant handy, for after watching the film the viewer will start craving Chinese food.

Oct. 26 will highlight the film “Babette’s Feast” (1987) a film set in a 19th century rural Protestant Dutch village. Babette, a Parisian chef fleeing a secret past, has come to live a simple life.

The final film of the festival is the acclaimed documentary “Super Size Me” (2004)  on Oct. 27. Director Morgan Spurlock makes his mission to show the ill effects of fast food by living on nothing but McDonald’s for a month and recording what happens to him.

All movies begin at 7 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, call 724-430-4155.

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