Cooked: Survival by Zip Code -- Centerpiece Presentation


Roxie Theater Sat, Sep 28 6:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Judith Helfand
Producer:Judith Helfand
Fenell Doremus
Year of Production:2019
Film Type:Feature
Topic:Activism/People Power
Big Nights
Festival Awards
Sustainable Cities
Women's Leadership
Running Time:82 min.


Expected Guest: Director Judith Helfand; emcee Brady Piñero Walkinshaw, CEO, Grist


Centerpiece Presentation :: 2019 Green Tenacity Award


A life and death story about extreme heat, the politics of "disaster," and survival by zip code. This story explores the systematic ways that climate disasters like heat waves disproportionately affect lower income and marginalized communities. Whether it was the heat wave in Chicago or Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Maria, all of these disasters share something key: they reveal the ways in which class, race, and zip code predetermine who was living on the edge to start with, who gets hurt the worst, who recovers and bounces back -- and who doesn’t.


In Cooked, director Judith Helfand challenges herself and others to truly see and respond to the invisible man-made disasters taking place in towns and cities across the country before the next “natural” disaster hits.


  • EarthxFilm – Jury Award for Best Feature Film
  • Environmental Film Festival at Yale – Official Winner
  • DOCNYC – Official Selection
  • Traverse City Film Festival – Official Selection 



Heatlhy Planet Series Sponsor:

Kaiser Permanente

Media Partner: Grist

Judith HelfandDirector/Producer Judith Helfand's films include The Uprising of ‘34, the Sundance award winning and 2x Emmy nominated Blue Vinyl, its Peabody Award-winning prequel A Healthy Baby Girl, and Everything’s Cool. Helfand co-founded Working Films in 1999 and Chicken & Egg Pictures in 2005.

Included Shorts

One Thing in Nothing (4min) More