Amanda Faison and the late Jonathan Gold, both food journalists, discuss a film before its screening at the 2017 Flatirons Food Film Festival. (photo Courtesy Artem Nazarov)

If you love food and film, you’ll want to check out the Flatirons Food Film Festival.

Julia Joun founded the festival six years ago because it seemed like a good fit for the food-forward community. “Boulder has a rich culinary culture,” says Joun. “Restaurants and the craft beer movement are huge here; I figured we should have a food film festival.”

The fest, which runs Oct. 11-14 this year, explores a range of food-related cultural topics, ranging from food politics to food icons to a children’s program.

This year’s lineup includes: “Eating Animals,” a film narrated by Natalie Portman about the effects of factory farming on the environment and public health; “Soufra,” a documentary about a group of women in a Lebanese refugee camp who want to run a food truck; and “Cuban Food Stories,” in which filmmaker Asori Soto samples food from every Cuban province to document dying culinary traditions. The festival also features an homage to Anthony Bourdain by his close colleague and biographer, Laurie Woolever.

The Flatirons Food Film Festival does more than screen films—speakers engage the audience in the educational aspects of each film. Films also pair with culinary social events, such as tastings and tours—look for an international street-food reception before the Bourdain homage and a tour of Cure Organic Farm in Boulder to learn about humane animal husbandry practices. For info, visit

—Rebecca Treon

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