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Slow Food Film Festival scheduled for Jan. 25

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[December 21, 2013]  SPRINGFIELD A film festival focusing on the nation's food industry and how we can create a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable world is planned for Jan. 25 at the Benedictine University Library, 1500 N. Fifth St. in Springfield.

Slow Food Springfield, the University of Illinois Extension and the Green Club at Benedictine University are partnering to present the fifth annual Slow Food Springfield Film Festival.

"These films tell the stories behind our food and can increase awareness and interest in our food system," said Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, who is a University of Illinois Extension educator on local food systems and small farms and is chairing the festival.

Dr. Julia Leischner, adviser for Benedictine's Green Club, said: "This is such a great opportunity for our students. We are pleased to be a part of creating awareness of sustainability and the numerous environmental, economic, and health benefits from supporting local food producers."

The festival will feature five films from 2 to 8:30 p.m. in the Presidents' Room auditorium and adjoining classroom at Benedictine Library. Film titles and descriptions will be announced in January.

Admission will be $7 per person or $5 for Slow Food Springfield members. Students with a student ID can attend for free.

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"We're pleased to announce that this year, refreshments and dinner will be provided by 5flavors Catering for purchase during the festival," said Ann Hamilton, chapter leader for Slow Food Springfield.

More information is available at www.slowfoodspringfield.org.

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