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Food Documentary Master Class

Food Documentary Master Class
various (see below)
Time: Mar 27th, 1:00 pm End: Mar 27th, 3:00 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Sociology (FAS), Human Geography (UTSC), Food Studies, Cinema, Canada, Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
An introduction to food documentary filmmaking

The JHI Working Group on Diasporic Foodways and the Culinaria Research Project (UTSC)  are pleased to present

Food Documentary Master Class with director Joe York

Joe York is a documentary filmmaker for University of Mississippi Media and Documentary Projects, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. He received a B.A. in Anthropology from Auburn University and an M.A. in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. Joe has made over 30 short films for the SFA, as well as the feature documentary Pride & Joy.

This event is designed to introduce researchers in the GTA to the tools and techniques of food documentary filmmaking. Short documentary films are a powerful way to communicate academic research to a large public audience  and Joe York is a master of the art. Toronto provides excellent opportunities to explore food practice, food culture and food activism through film, so please join us as we discuss and workshop how to tell their food stories through film.

Please explore the state-of-the-art Southern Foodways Alliance website before our meeting (http://www.southernfoodways.org). We recommend in particular the following short documentary films:

The event will have two sessions.  You can register for either or both.  Please contact Camille Bégin to register.

1.    March 27 - Food on Film: The Experience from the Southern Foodways Alliance

  • 1-3pm: Diasporic Foodways Working Group lunch meeting JHI, 100 A (170 St George, ground floor on your right)

This seminar discussion will explore the role of visual story telling in community outreach and public engagement in food studies. Lunch will be served.

2.    March 28: Food Documentary 101: Kensington Market

  • 10-12pm: A multisensory tour of Kensington market. Bring your camera/audio recorder/note pad! Meet us at the corner of College and Augusta.
  • 12-1pm: lunch at your favorite Kensington Market spot.


  • 1-3pm: Telling Food Stories JHI 1040 (170 St George, 10th floor)

In this afternoon session we will use information, images, and sounds collected and observed in the morning as the basis to workshop approaches to directing and producing short food-focused documentaries. Some of the issues we will be touching on are:

  • Identifying and developing a focused and inclusive story;
  • Pre-production – the importance of research and contact prior to filming;
  • Film and sound techniques specifically related to food practices;
  • Sourcing and integrating historical footage;
  • And much more!

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