Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (January 31, 2018): The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is getting ready for its big screen debut. In less than two weeks, John Hillis of Truefaux Films Inc. will screen a preview of his feature-length documentary, Six Primrose, at the Food Centre’s 2nd annual Devour! the Sea fundraiser.
Six Primrose, a nod to the Centre’s civic address, traces the lives of several Dartmouth North community members. The documentary chronicles the dramatic impact that access to healthy food and a social network has had on individual lives, revealing the Centre’s deep effect on the entire neighbourhood.
“There’s a generous spirit at the Food Centre which greeted me the first time I came through the doors,” said John Hillis, co-owner of Truefaux Films. “I’m honoured by how people have opened their hearts during filming. Food is central to everything that’s done there, but what strikes me the most is how the Centre allows each person to contribute, in a truly meaningful way, to their neighbourhood.”
The documentary has been years in the making. Hillis and partner Hannah Minzloff are long-time supporters of the centre, donating their filmmaking talent and expertise to several of the organization’s fundraising events since the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre opened its doors in 2015. In December 2016, a $100,000 grant was secured through the Aviva Community Fund to support the Food Centre’s Good Food Market & Café and allow Truefaux films to take its interest in Dartmouth North to the next level.
While Six Primrose is still in post-production, Devour! the Sea guests will be treated to an exclusive ‘first look’. The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre will present a short vignette introduced by Hillis himself, giving supporters a sneak peek at the upcoming film, not due out until fall 2018.
“Devour! was one of the Community Food Centre’s first partners, so we’re thrilled to be able to share this sneak preview with them at Devour! the Sea,” said Roxanne Manning, Executive Director of the Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. “We know that Six Primrose is going to be a powerful, and empowering, film – an opportunity to introduce others to the Dartmouth North that we see everyday in our work.”
The 2nd annual Devour! the Sea fundraiser takes place February 9th at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The event is a ‘Night at the Museum’-style takeover, featuring some of Nova Scotia’s most prominent chefs. Dishes and wine pairings will be inspired by clips from classic seafaring films. Participating chefs and restaurants include Mark Gray (The Watch That Ends The Night), Shane Robilliard (Fox Harb’r Resort), Renée Lavallée (The Canteen), David Smart (The Bessie North House), Stephanie Ogilvie (The Brooklyn Warehouse) and Terry Vassallo (Mappatura Bistro).
Tickets are still available for $100/per person with all proceeds going to the Centre. For more information and to purchase tickets visit Devour! The Sea.
About the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre
The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is a place where the community comes together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. It is a project of the Dartmouth Family Centre, which has a 20-year track record supporting families in Dartmouth North, and was founded in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada.
Dartmouth North Community Food Centre
Devour! The Food Film Fest