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BEFF IGNITE: A Place at the Table

Thursday, September 28, 2023

The screening of A PLACE AT THE TABLE is presented as part of our BEFF IGNITE, a food justice initiative in partnership with A Single Bite.

Whether you attend all or some of the evening’s festivities, tickets are $15 for adults and free for kids and students, with $5 going to A Single Bite. See Details Below.

Join us at the Tusten Theatre for the 10th-anniversary screening of A PLACE AT THE TABLE (2012, Magnolia Pictures), directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush; the film starts at 4:00 PM, doors open at 3:30 PM. Best of all, it’s FREE for students!

This powerful documentary unveils the harsh reality of hunger and food insecurity in America. Through personal stories, expert interviews, and compelling statistics, the film sheds light on the daily struggles millions of Americans, including children, face in accessing nutritious meals. “A Place at the Table” features appearances by Jeff Bridges, Raj Patel, and chef Tom Colicchio. The film delivers a poignant call to action, advocating for a more equitable food system and emphasizing the importance of food justice.

Director Biographies: 

Kristi Jacobson, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and founder of Catalyst Films based in New York, specializes in crafting nuanced, intimate, and thought-provoking portrayals of individuals and communities. Her work has graced prestigious festivals like Sundance and Tribeca and found its way to global theaters and prominent platforms such as Netflix, HBO, ESPN, PBS, ABC, CBS, and Discovery. Notable works include the Emmy-winning “SOLITARY” (HBO), the NAACP Image Award-nominated “HOMEFRONT,” and contributions to the Netflix Original Series “DOGS.” Jacobson’s acclaimed documentary “A PLACE AT THE TABLE” and her dedication to urgent issues earned her accolades, including the Pare Lorentz Award and a Chicken & Egg Pictures Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. A member of AMPAS and the DGA, she actively champions diversity and equity in the media landscape as a founding member of Beyond Inclusion.

Lori Silverbush is an acclaimed independent writer-director known for her emotionally honest storytelling and keen attention to narrative detail, exploring themes of personal autonomy, social justice, and human connection. Her work has premiered at prestigious film festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, and Tribeca and has received critical acclaim from outlets like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. Notably, her debut feature film, “ON THE OUTS,” and the documentary “A PLACE AT THE TABLE” garnered praise for their fresh perspectives and compelling storytelling. Silverbush’s current projects include a bilingual series set in Mexico City and a feature film about teenage girls who resisted Hitler’s occupation of Holland.  Silverbush also founded the social justice organization A Place at the Table. Launched after the film’s release, its mission is to ignite the public around democratic solutions to poverty and hunger. 


DOCUMENTARY | 84 min | US | 2012


Kristi Jacobson
Lori Silverbush


Julie Goldman
Ryan Harrington


Tom Colicchio
Christina Weiss Lurie
Jeffrey Lurie


Jeff Skoll
Diane Weyermann


Madeleine Gavin
Jean Tsien, A.C.E.
Andrea B. Scott


T Bone Burnett and

The Civil Wars


Daniel B. Gold

Kirsten Johnson


Thursday, 9/28, will be an evening for the WHOLE FAMILY.

$5 from each ticket sold (including a $5 donation extracted from All Access Pass Holders in attendance) will be donated to A Single Bite—a local organization that helps educate and put food on the table for underserved communities in Sullivan County.


4:00 PM – A PLACE AT THE TABLE Screening
We’ll start the evening off with a special 10th-anniversary screening of A PLACE AT THE TABLE—featuring Jeff Bridges, Raj Patel, and chef Tom Colicchio.

5:30 PM – 2023 BEFF Café
After the powerful documentary about hunger and food insecurity in the US, head outside to the Tusten Theater/Library parking lot to our 2023 BEFF Café for complimentary SINGLE BITES.

We’re excited to have many favorites like Bibimbus, Baked Narrowsburg, Sprouting Dreams Farms, and The Outside Institute, offering complimentary bites and other provisions for sale.

6:00 PM – Food Justice Panel
Engage in a rich panel discussion, “Agency and Action in Food Justice and Community,” while you finish your last bites and then head back inside for the “dessert” screening of LA BRIGADE (Kitchen Brigade).

7:00 PM – LA BRIGADE Screening
This is a fun feature fiction about a sous chef who takes a job in the cafeteria of a hostel, how her expertise helps change the lives of the young migrant workers, and how they also help soften and change her for the better.

To ensure that the impact of A PLACE AT THE TABLE and A Single Bite reaches our young audiences, we are offering this event FREE for kids and students. 

Kids and Students: FREE
Adults: $15
($5 of each ticket goes directly to ASB)

  • Type: 2023,Classic,Documentary Feature,Family Friendly
  • Time: September 28, 2023 - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Venue:Tusten Theatre