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Foodies share their favorite films on sustainability

Favorite Things: Sustainable Cinema

Foodies share their favorite films on sustainability

Focus Features takes an alternative look at food and movies by soliciting examples of “sustainable cinema” from five prominent figures within the food movement.


David A. Kessler's Five Favorite Movies

Groundhog Day

Indulges the fantasy of being able to eat as if there is no tomorrow (what we might believe on Thanksgiving!)...the idea of being able to eat whatever we want with no consequences is a powerful one...


Defending Your Life

Another view of the hereafter, one in which calories no longer matter -- sounds like heaven...



Evocative of those memories of diner food, the food of socializing in cities and suburbs...friendship and food...


Super Size Me

A powerful tool for changing behavior is making a critical perceptual shift when it comes to huge portions of foods loaded and layered with sugar, fat, and salt...this movie certainly does the trick...


The Pianist

A sober reminder of the fact that eating and the drive to find food is an indispensable part of what makes us human...

David A. Kessler
David A. Kessler

David A. Kessler

David A. Kessler, MD is the author of the New York Times bestseller The End Of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite. Kessler served as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He is a pediatrician and has been the dean of the medical schools at Yale and the University of California, San Francisco. A graduate of Amherst College, the University of Chicago Law School, and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Kessler is the father of two and lives with his wife in California.

For Thanksgiving, we asked Kessler to pick five films that fell into the category of “sustainable cinema.”

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