The Food Show

“The Food Show,” designed and printed by Colleen Doyle

“The Food Show,” designed and printed by Colleen Doyle

Who’s hungry? As a way of celebrating the onset of summer, Magic Lantern Cinema is hosting a cinematic potluck: an outdoor screening featuring all manner of glorious foodstuffs, both edible and virtual. With a veritable banquet of 16mm films about vegetables, meats, and grains, the eating habits of animals, the food industry, transgressive uses of custard, and various other delectable topics, we’ll have more than enough to chew on – but we’ll be bringing our favorite summer dishes to share as well. So make sure to bring your appetite, as well as something to sit on and some food to pass around. The screen lights up after the sun goes down.


“Corn,” Larry Gottheim, 1970, 16mm, color, silent, 10.5 min
“A meditation on the fragile moments of corn’s passage from living sun-nourished plant to food to light image.” – L.G.

“A Corner in Wheat,” D.W. Griffith, 1909, 16mm, b&w, silent, 14 min
One of Griffith’s most famous shorts, A Corner in Wheat is “a little meditation on capitalism… weaving together narrative fragments linked by their relation to wheat.” – Erik Ulman

“Eat,” Vivian Ostrovsky, 1988, 16mm, color, sound, 15 min
“An observation of humans’ and animals’ table manners…” – Film-Makers’ Coop

“Catfood,” Joyce Wieland, 1968, 16mm, color, sound, 13 min
“[F]ish after fish appears for a cat [who] devours [them] repeatedly until satiated, at which point he can only lie on his back and gaze, upside down, at the final offering… Feline jouissance.” – Brenda Austin-Smith

“The Lion and the Zebra Make God’s Raw Jewels,” Stan Brakhage, 1999, 16mm, color, silent, 7 minutes
“This film is a hand-painted combination of shapes which suggest… jungle, open veldt, horizontals of grasses, shag-shape yellow of lion’s mane, the black & white stripes of the zebra, the eyes, the teeth, the tearing open into raw blood-red meat and curve of bone.” – S.B.

“Asparagus,” Suzan Pitt, 1979, 16mm, color, sound, 20 min
“As a social critique, Asparagus is a highly personal narrative: melancholy, evocative and enigmatic… The film is not only a stunningly beautiful work of animation, but also an important document of the struggle to articulate through the image the role of the woman.” – Sharon Couzin

“9/64: O Tannenbaum,” Kurt Kren, 1964, 16mm, color, silent, 3 min
“A partial list of items and substances used in this Material Action[:] christmas tree, candles, sparklers, meat, eggs, bread, rolls, milk cartons, condoms, cotton, wool, raisins, apples, eggs, nuts, smoked herring, oil, beetroot juice, custard, pink powder, colour copper vitriol, jam, tomato juice, aluminum foil, blue ink, green and red paint, paste, flour, bread-crumbs, plastic dentures, peas and sauerkraut. Penises also abound…” – Andy Ditzler

“Meat Packing House,” Eduardo Darino, 1981, 16mm, color, sound, 17 min
An overview of the process on meat packing in Uruguay, Darino’s film is an “absolutely hilarious” tour of “the incredibly clean, humane, and sexy side of cattle slaughter,” with “a real grindhouse feel (no pun intended).” – Nick Army

 “No Sir, Orison!,” Owen Land, 1975, 16mm, color, sound, 2.75 min
“Someone is praying in the aisle of a … church? No, a supermarket. The prayer… is a silent protest against the supermarket and all that it represents…” – O.L.