DIVE! Living Off America’s Waste by Jeremy Seifert

Arts in Action invites you to join its July Social Action Film Night for a screening of the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! Living off America’s Waste. Inspired by a curiosity about America’s careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. The adventure awakened them to the enormous volume of perfectly good food going to waste everyday. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food – resulting in an eye-opening documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action. DIVE! has garnered critical praise while raising important questions about hunger and waste in society. This is Seifert’s first film and has been warmly received by audiences across America, winning 21 awards in festivals worldwide.

“One of the film’s great strengths is that it offers a solution, and that is simply to stop wasting food”

SCREENING PARTNER: Melbourne based not for profit organisation FareShare provides a grassroots solution to food waste by providing free, tasty, nutritious meals to Melbourne’s hungry using donated food not needed by supermarkets, farmers and markets. Director of Development from FareShare Claire Leach, will be along to speak about food waste and food rescue and how we can support their volunteer and food donor programs. 40% of the proceeds from the screening of DIVE! will be donated to FareShare. Read how FareShare is one of Victoria’s most active food reclamation and distribution organisations – Hidden Melbourne: “Where does all the extra food from supermarkets go?”

SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMER: Award winning writer, poet (and dumpster diver) Kirsti Whalen will perform a poem created especially for this event about her experiences as a dumpster diver! Kirsti is also an intern with The Centre for Poetics and Justice, crew member at Slamalamadingdong Poetry Slam, resident poet at Wild Time Cafe, workshop facilitator and regular performer at poetry events around Melbourne.

Read the story of a Dumpster Diver  in The Age 12th June 2012

Watch Hungry Beast – ABC Beast File on Food Waste in Australia

Watch the DIVE! Trailer

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Arts in Action currently hosts a Social Action Film Night at Bella Union Trades Hall (Cnr Lygon & Victoria Pde, Carlton) on the last Thursday of the month. Documentary film is a powerful tool to not only share personal stories, but to inspire action. Arts in Action evenings are community focused events featuring a blend of inspiring films and empowering solutions. You don’t walk away without appreciating life just that little bit more…. and wanting to do something with it.

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