Food Coop


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Wed, Sep 12, 2018 5:15 PM
Film Info
Director:Tom Boothe
Year of Production:2016
Premiere Status:USA Premiere
Topic:Festival Awards
Healthy Food Systems
Sustainable Cities
Running Time:97 min.


Somewhere between the immersive institutional portraiture of Frederick Wiseman and a knowing, Broad City-style spoof of gentrified Brooklyn sits Tom Boothe’s Food Coop, offering an engaging and often humorous look at Park Slope’s socialist supermarket. Here, 16,000 members from across New York’s boroughs work three hours a month to save big on their grocery bills.

Boothe provides a comprehensive portrait of the wildly successful enterprise, delving into the details of its staffing and dispute resolution procedures, the high quality and typically local provenance of its produce, and the debates concerning the pros and cons of plastic bag surcharges and other issues, including theft.

Never losing sight of the bigger picture, Food Coop situates these minutiae in the context of a market-based food system that leaves many behind, making a compelling case for the viability of community-operated alternatives. ~ Planet in Focus

The film has spawned a new movement in France, including the opening of La Louve Coop in Paris last year.

Expected Guest: Director, and founder of La Louve Coop in Paris, Tom Boothe; Producer Hernan Mazzeo; Randy Wittorp (discussion emcee), Director of Public Affairs, Kaiser Permanente

2018 Inspiring Lives Award 

Eat Well Series Sponsor:

Kaiser Permanente

Program Sponsors:

French Embassy in the USRainbow Grocery

Support for this event is part of 'After Tomorrow', a season by the French Conuslate in San Francisco, the Cultural and Scientific Services of the French Embassy in the US, the French Tech San Francisco, the Institut Francais, and the French American Cultural Society.



Tom BootheTom Boothe is an American gourmet in Paris and founder of the city's 'La Louve' food coop, inspired and supported by the iconic Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn. This is his first film.

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