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That first "F" in SIFF stands for film, not food, but there's plenty of onscreen eating at the festival to entertain the culinary-minded moviegoer. As

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SIFF For the Food-Minded Set: Finding North

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That first "F" in SIFF stands for film, not food, but there's plenty of onscreen eating at the festival to entertain the culinary-minded moviegoer. As a supplement to Seattle Weekly's coverage of the Seattle International Film Festival, Voracious will again this year highlight the program's films of particular interest to those viewers who spend more time in dining rooms than screening rooms.

Years after Lori Silverbush's husband began plugging childhood nutrition initiatives, the problem of hunger still seemed infuriatingly intractable. So Silverbush decided to underscore Tom Collichio's message with a glossy documentary chronicling three American families struggling to feed their children.

Finding North, directed and produced by Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson, comes from the same outfit responsible for Food, Inc., and critics have been quick to note parallels. Just as that film argued that policy makers are complicit in putting corporate profits ahead of environmental, human and animal safety, Finding North contends that federal crop subsidies and underfunded food stamp programs have created a crisis that no food bank can fix.

The Los Angeles Times earlier this year credited Finding North with distinguishing itself from a crowded field of politically-charged docs that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. ""Finding North" may rank among the most moving (or disheartening, depending on your viewpoint) in that it tackles a seemingly straightforward, solvable problem: hunger in the United States," Julie Makinen wrote. (How moving? Check out the trailer here.)

A Variety critic called the film "useful, engaging and enraging", but wondered whether the filmmakers' wide-ranging thesis was finally too modest.

"There's a certain naivete to the pic, which covers a lot of ground, and well, but seems convinced that addressing hunger is an end in itself," John Anderson wrote.

Still, Anderson predicted the film, scored by T Bone Burnett and featuring Collichio and Jeff Bridges among its well-versed talking heads, could "generate heat."

Finding North

Sunday, 3 p.m., Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center

June 1, 7 p.m., Harvard Exit (followed by a panel discussion)

June 3, 2:30 p.m., SIFF Uptown Cinema

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