Films on Purpose, has announced the panel of experts who will be featured speakers at the screening of its next film, Food Choices, to be shown outdoors at the Pleasantville Tennis Club on August 26th.  Food Choices in an exploration of how our choices about what we eat affects our health and the environment.

A chef who focuses on wellness through diet, a Certified Food for Life Instructor, and a food justice activist will speak at a panel discussion to follow the film.

The outdoor film and associated events begin at 7:00 pm at the tennis club, located at 57 Willow Street, Pleasantville, NY with a  reception with food and drink.  The screening will begin at 7:45 and the panel discussion will follow.

The panel will be moderated by David Juros, Senior Programs Manager at Wholesome Wave and co-founder of the Pleasantville Community Garden.  Other participants are Laurie Gershgorn, a chef and founder of Healthy Culinary Creations, and Maddie Sobel, a Certified Food for Life Instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Mr. Juros will discuss the mission at Wholesome Wave, a non-profit that empowers under-served consumers to make healthier food choices by increasing affordable access to fresh, local food, and the steps they are taking to achieve those goals.

Ms Gershgorn’s business, Healthy Culinary Creations, brings healthy meals to families in Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT.  Using her culinary skills, and knowledge of nutrition and physiology, in concert with holistic nutritional practices, she helps her clients achieve wellness through the power of whole, real food consumed as part of a customized balanced diet.

Ms Sobel has been teaching since 2010.   Food for Life is a series of classes that are designed to promote the benefits of plant-based diets for chronic disease prevention and survival and for optimal health through nutrition education and live cooking demonstrations.   She currently teaches classes at the Tully Integrative Health Center in Stamford.

Food Choices follows Director Michal Siewierski on a journey to answer questions about how our food choices affect our nutrition and the health of our planet.  Films on Purpose is a grass-roots organization screening documentary films on important contemporary issues, which are hosted at venues throughout the community.

Audience members are asked to donate a bag of produce as the price of admission.  Attendees should bring a blanket or folding chair for seating.  The Pleasantville Community Garden and the Pleasantville Tennis club are co-sponsors of this event. 

Background on Films on Purpose


Films on Purpose, founded in 2016, is an all-volunteer organization created by a of group Pleasantville residents with a vision to use film to bring community members together around an issue, to foster in-depth discussion and provide avenues for local activism. Wescreen films at a variety of locations in Pleasantville, often hosted in ad-hoc partnerships with local groups that share an interest in the film’s subject.  Each screening includes a reception before the film, and a discussion with local experts afterwards.  The panel discussions are designed to educate audience members on ways they can engage with the issues locally and have an impact in their own community.  Receptions preceding the films are intended to enhance the sense of fellowship ad shared purpose.

Since its inaugural screening of Bidder 70 on July 7, 2016, the group has shown films on the environment, food waste, the worldwide refugee crises, and the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products.   Subsequent films included the following:

  •       Just Eat It, with St. John’s Church and the Pleasantville Community Garden
  •       Salam Neighbor with the Mount Pleasant Public Library
  •       Before the Flood, with the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Committee on Environmental Stewardship
  •       Don't Tell Anyone (Non le Digas a Nadie) with Neighbors Link and the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church
  •       Audrie and Daisy, with Pleasantville STRONG, Mount Kisco Partners in Prevention and the Mount Pleasant Public Library
  •       Stink with Arc Stages

Films on Purpose seeks to foster community engagement by keeping the conversation going after the film and providing avenues for involvement and activism to interested audience members.

About Food Choices

The film’s website describes the film as follows:

“This ground-breaking documentary explores the impact that food choices have on people’s health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other living species and also discusses several misconceptions about food and diet, offering a unique new perspective on these issues. This film will certainly change the way you look at the food on your plate.  [It chronicles Director Michal Siewierski’s] three year journey of interviewing over 30 top experts around the country from many different fields, including doctors, nutritionists, environmental researchers, biochemists, athletes, chefs, bloggers and many others to try to get answers for his question of what is the healthiest and most sustainable diet for ourselves, our planet and future generations.”


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