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Film in 4D at the New York Food Film Festival

Article: Film in 4D at the New York Food Film Festival

Mistura’s intense bread baking competition.
This past weekend I went to check out the New York Food Film Festival, four nights of food-related screenings served with a tasting menu of some of the items cooked up in the films. It’s like cinema in 4D, and using all of your senses to experience a film is kind of overwhelming. I went on the Peruvian-themed night, which meant I was offered a traditional Pisco sour the moment I walked in the room. Having recently spent several weeks in Peru, eating traditional, local food cooked by traditional, local people, I felt like I was a pretty well-informed attendee, and I wasn’t sure if the South American cuisine would come off as well Stateside. But one sip of the bartender’s much stronger and thankfully less sweet Pisco sour and I knew it was going to be a good night of food and films…

Amazonia: art meets science to celebrate Amazon's biodiversity

Article: Amazonia: art meets science to celebrate Amazon's biodiversity

For environmentalists, scientists, and even celebrities, the Amazon rainforest has served as a vivid symbol of ecological and social degradation created by rapid global development. Artists Lucy and Jorge Orta traveled Peru in 2009 to see this environment for themselves in 2009, as well as to assist scientists in data collection. Their experience with the region’s biodiversity inspired them (of course); the Natural History Museum in London commissioned them to work with this inspiration, and is now has the resulting work on display.