One of the most interesting trips I ever took was a visit to Provincetown in the dead of a winter so cold that ice floated in the peninsular surf. Its pretty much a ghost town in the winter, except for the locals Portuguese fishermen, stray cats and brave housesitters like my friend Mary and for entertainment, we trudged through the ice-cold to the local Holiday Inn for a lighthearted screening of Cries and Whispers in the bar. Mary also took me for a required bowl of Portuguese kale soup, but most of our meals came straight out of the dumpster behind the supermarket, where my friend regularly unearthed perfectly edible (and well-refrigerated) containers of cottage cheese, loaves of bread, fairly fresh fruits and vegetables, oatmeal and other edibles deemed unfit to sell.
Many years later, the new film Dive! picks up where Mary left off, following filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and his friends on a diving tour of L.A. grocery dumpsters, in search of good eating on an extreme budget. In the process, they let the cat out of the bag on the subject of food waste in America.
Seifert and a panel of dumpster divers from the local Food Not Bombs chapter, an organization that collects cast-off foods and uses them to prepare and then serve community meals, will hold forth when the GrowHaus Film Series hosts two screenings of Dive! today at 3:30 and 6 p.m. at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo Street. What wed like to discuss in the panels are the social and cultural issues around dumpster-diving and how it relates to race and class, says Adam Brock of the GrowHaus, a community indoor farm, marketplace and educational center.
Admission, which benefits the GrowHaus, is $10; for more details, go to www.thegrowhaus.com.
Sun., May 23, 3:30 & 6 p.m., 2010