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Whole Foods launches film fest with a mission

April 19th, 2011

A video still from “PLANEAT.”

If you want to know more about the food chain and green issues, Whole Foods Market is offering an eye-opening experience through its inaugural “Do Something Reel Film Festival,” April 22 through 28,  featuring topics from urban gardening to disappearing bees. The films selected examine how the lifestyle choices we make every day can have a huge impact on our bodies, economy and environment.

The festival launched a nationwide tour on April 1, and by its end, will have traveled to 70 cities across the nation, including Honolulu and Kahului. We’re getting in right in time for Earth Day, Friday, during which Whole Foods will also be hosting an Earth Day Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. Call 738 -0820 for more information.

On Oahu, the films will screen at 6 p.m. at Kāhala Mall’s Consolidated Theatres. Call 733-6243. Screenings will also be at 6 p.m. Kukui Mall in Kihei on Maui (call 808-874-9301). Tickets are $10.25 on Oahu, and $9.75 on Maui. The films are:

“PLANEAT”: Filmmakers Shelley Lee Davis and Or Shlomi explore the medical and environmental benefits of eating vegetables in a Western world obsessed with meat and dairy from the testimonies of scientists, farmers and chefs. Screens April 22. Visit

“On Coal River”: Francine Cavanaugh and Adam Woods document the human costs of coal and strip-mining in this film which features the transformation of the mountaintop removal by the residents of Coal Valley River in West Virginia. Screens April 23. Visit

“Lunch Line”: Six children from Chicago’s rough neighborhoods battle of the school’s lunch system. Filmmakers Mike Graziano and Ernie Park focus on the development of school lunch as it becomes a robust and nutritious national program. Screens April 24. Visit

“Bag It”: Filmmaker Suzan Beraza follows Jeb Berrier, an average American analyzing our cultural love of plastic products and working to navigate his way through a plastic-reliant world. Screens April 26. For more information please visit

“Urban Roots”: In a city where processed fast food reigns, a group of Detroiters take it upon themselves to fulfill a vision of accessibility to locally-grown, sustainable-farmed foods in this film by Mark MacInnis. Screens April 27. Visit

“Vanishing of the Bees”: Filmmakers George Langworthy and Maryam Heinen share
the story of a commercial bee farmer who lost his livelihood when his bee colonies collapsed. Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page narrates this saga that explores the reasons behind the disappearing bees and its effects on industrial farming and the natural world. Screens April 28. Visit

Whole Foods Market will also stream the video “Dig It,” a documentary by Danny Clinch focused on beautification efforts from various groups, including the members of the band Pearl Jam. Band members—alongside activists and families— show how hard work and greenery can transform cities like New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. “Dig It” will be on view at April 22 to 29, 2011.

A portion of the proceeds from Whole Foods Market’s Do Something Reel Film Festival will go towards Green Grant, a film production and development grant created by Whole Foods Market and AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs. Two grants worth $25,000 each will be awarded to documentary filmmakers producing films that focus on inspirational, green themes including food sustainability, the environment, support of healthy eating and locally-grown foods as well as communities and individuals fighting to preserve their neighborhoods.

Whole Foods Market Kāhala’s Earth Day events also include “Let’s Go Plastic-FREE.” Throughout April, Kahala customers who bring their own reusable bags or containers for produce and other bulk items in the store will receive a 5-cent credit on  their purchases. Additionally, today through April 22, all plastic bags will be removed from the produce department and replaced with paper and reusable alternatives.

Down to Earth sale celebrates Earth Day

April 18th, 2011

Down to Earth All Vegetarian Organic & Natural will celebrate Earth Day  on Friday with their annual 30 percent off sale.  Customers will get at least 30 percent off the store’s 100 best-selling items, and more.

The sale includes popular items in every department of the store such as Amy & Brian’s Coconut Juice, Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap, Tofurky Italian Sausage, and Sambazon Acai Fruit Pack, as well as 30 percent off of Down to Earth’s hot table and salad bar.

The sale will run during regular store hours at all Down to Earth locations: Honolulu,    Kailua, and Pearlridge on Oahu; Kahului on Maui; and Hilo on the Big Island. Below are some sample prices. For the complete list of items, visit