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Penne with Green Beans & Pine Nuts

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by because of the Lowell Sun article and the blog links, Facebook posts and tweets that followed – welcome!

This weekend has been an exciting one here in Lowell – the second annual Lowell Film Festival.  The theme of the festival was “Food, Fair Trade and the Global Economy”.  The theme made for an interesting mix of films – I was able to see three.  Friday and Saturday nights’ headline films, The Garden and Battle in Seattle, were both very interesting and thought-provoking.

Battle in Seattle is based on the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle and it stars quite a few big-name actors.  It didn’t have a wide theatrical release, probably because of its political content,  but it’s available on DVD – I definitely recommend it.

The Garden was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 and it follows urban farmers in South Central Los Angeles and their struggle to keep their farm.  I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t say any more about the movie except that it is a must-see.  It has also given me my new favorite curse word – JAN PERRY – after the LA Councilwoman (used to describe someone who is being a pest, as in “You’re being such a JAN PERRY!  Stop it!” or “That’s so JAN PERRY of you!”).

My favorite of the films that I saw during the festival was Tableland (the link doesn’t seem to be working), it was by-far the most cheerful.  I saw it at Life Alive, a local organic cafe.  The place was packed!

Day 27/365 - Saturday, April 4th 2009 - Lowell Film Fest

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Lowell Film Festival

The $60 a Week Project is about two things – food and frugality and if you’re following along, I assume you’re interested in one or both of those topics.  If you’re following along and are going to be the Boston/Lowell area this weekend, you should definitely check out the Lowell Film Festival.  This year’s focus is “Food, Fair Trade and the Global Economy” (we’ve got food covered) and the event is totally free and open to the public (hello, frugal!). Continue reading