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Spring 2005 | Volume 28, Number 1 | Books & Film

Fourth Annual SPU/Image Film Festival Serves Up Food for Thought

IN CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ART, food-related metaphors are almost irresistible. “It’s a visual feast.” “It nourishes the mind and the spirit.”

Such meal-oriented metaphors are particularly appropriate when describing the Fourth Annual Image/SPU Film Festival, held April 8–10, 2005, on the Seattle Pacific University campus. This year’s theme — “The Bread of Angels: A Taste for Film and Food” — referred to cinematic art that explores the role of food in individual expression, in community, and beyond.

The “menu,” selected by SPU faculty members and festival co-directors Todd Rendleman and Greg Wolfe, featured five acclaimed entrées: “Babette’s Feast,” based on the short story by Isak Dinesen; the Japanese satire “Tampopo”; “Big Night,” a tale of two Italian chefs; the celebratory documentary “Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers”; and “Eat Drink Man Woman,” directed by Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).

Co-sponsored by Image journal and Seattle Pacific, the film festival explores a different topic each year. Post-screening conversations about the themes and artistic achievement of each of the films are led by panels of faculty and students.

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