The new documentary “Lunch Line,” created by Chicago filmmakers Mike Graziano and Ernie Park and inspired by Organic School Project premiered last night at the Landmark Century Theater in Lincoln Park. It shows six Chicago high school students who created a delicious, healthy school lunch for about $1 and won the healthy cooking contest, Cooking up Change, established by the Healthy Schools Campaign. The film follows these students to Washington, D.C., where they use their success to campaign for better school lunches. Conveying the challenges connected with serving healthy school lunches along the way, “Lunch Line” educates on the history of the National School Lunch Program, describing how it has gotten to where it is today and revealing the people who are trying to reform it.
The Tribune article discusses with the filmmakers their inspiration behind creating the documentary, which include a 2007 article they read about the Organic School Project in the Chicago Reader. See the article for more ‘behind-the-scenes’ information about the film.
Due to its popularity and the immense turn out last night, another Chicago screening is being planned for the near future. Details will be posted on “Lunch Line’s” facebook page, so check it out and go see the documentary at the next viewing!