SC State's I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium Presents "Dive! Living Off America's Waste"

Thursday, September 16, 2010

SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium (The Stanback) and The Stanback Student Friends present “Dive! Living off America’s Waste” on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. as a part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers (South Arts).  Producer and director Jeremy Seifert will be in attendance, and following the screening of this film, Seifert and the audience will engage in a discussion about the film and his work as a filmmaker.  A reception with Seifert will follow the discussion.   This is a free event.

What started out as a lighthearted look at a daring way to "steal" food, his yearning for understanding of why Americans were wasteful grew much more as Seifert dove deeper into the dumpster. With his "freegan" friends, the 37-year-old discovered dumpsters behind Los Angeles specialty grocers, such as Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe's, overflowing with Pacific salmon, organic beef, free-range chicken, imported fruit, fresh vegetables and Grade A eggs.  Seifart and his friends salvaged thousands of dollars worth of good food and uncovered a disturbing truth about waste in America.  Along the way, they also learned how society encourages unimaginable waste even as people go hungry.  Their objective is to find out why so much edible food is being thrown away instead of being given to those who need it. The result is equal parts entertainment and guerrilla journalism, with the hopes of motivating its audience to a call for action. “Dive! Living Off America's Waste”is Seifert’s first film.

Seifert's film, “Dive! Living Off America's Waste,” about the art and culture of dumpster diving, has been making the festival rounds, whetting appetites with shots of gourmet menus made from rescued food, and chalking up multiple wins. One such award was for Best Call 2 Action Film at the 2010 Boulder International Film Fest in February.

Seifert was raised in Colorado and has spent time in Asia, Africa and Europe. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from John Brown University located in Siloam Springs, Ark., and a Master of Arts in theology and the arts from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.   When he isn’t dumpster diving, Seifert can be found in Pasadena, Calif. with his wife, Nuf, and their two sons, Finn and Scout.

For additional information about The Stanback, contact Ellen Zisholtz, director, at (803) 536-7174, or Ingrid Owens, programs manager, at (803)536-8329.