Food Film


Film Screening/Discussion

Wasted!: The Story of Wasted Food

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
7:00 - 9:30 P.M.
Griffin Gate (Building 60/Student Center)
film runtime: 90 min. | CC [Closed Caption]


Students and faculty are invited to attend a screening of Wasted!: The Story of Wasted Food, the acclaimed documentary by filmmakers Anna Chai and Nari Kyein that aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes—all of them delicious—to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century.

Following the screening, audience members will have the opportunity to engage in a conversation about the issues, sharing their disciplinary questions and answers and "listening to experts" from other disciplines. Finally, they will explore questions and issues in small, multi-disciplinary groups, challenging themselves to deepen their understanding through collaborative inquiry.

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About the Film

From Directors Anna Chai and Nari Kye:


One of the perks of working with Anthony Bourdain and on shows like “The Mind of a Chef” is that you come in contact with a lot of chefs. Being in their worlds, their restaurants, and their kitchens, we see close-up what makes these people tick and also what boils their blood. Time and again, food waste was something that chefs railed against. It's bad business. It shows laziness, a lack of creativity and worst of all, disrespects the time, money, labor and craft needed to grow the ingredients.

Enter The Rockefeller Foundation. With their support, we started doing research and quickly realized that while America happens to be the worst offender, food waste is a global problem. Every year, 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out. There is $218 billion worth of food produced for human consumption that never gets eaten and yet, and there are 800 million people around the globe who are starving. So, why should we care about food waste? Food waste is one of the few problems that is potentially fixable!


In addition to the chefs who are battling food waste, we were excited to discover so many solution-oriented individuals and organizations doing impactful work all over the world. A film emerged, featuring stories of success that will hopefully show the audience that any action -- no matter how small -- can lead to new ways of feeding more people, curbing environmental damage, stimulating technology and business, and ultimately improving the health and well-being of all citizens.


About the Directors

Anna Chai (Director, Co-Producer) Anna Chai is an Emmy Award-winning director and producer known for her work on the James Beard Award-winning series, The Mind of a Chef, The Layover with Anthony Bourdain, and This American Life. Anna received a BA in documentary filmmaking from Harvard University. WASTED! The Story of Food Waste is her first documentary feature.


Nari Kye (Director, Executive Producer) Nari Kye is an Emmy-winning Producer at Zero Point Zero. After graduating with a degree in film and television production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Nari began her production career as the second hire at the start of the company in 2004. And for the past 12 years, she's worked on critically acclaimed, groundbreaking series, such as Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie, The Layover, The Getaway, and Parts Unknown. She earned a Daytime Emmy for “Best Culinary Program” in 2014 for her work on the PBS series, The Mind of a Chef. In the summer of 2015, she helped create the website for The Mind of a Chef as the editorial director. She’s also the founder of Woori School Brooklyn, a Korean immersion school for young children and their families, teaching the Korean language and culture through music, dance, play and food.



  • Lydia Tenaglia (Producer, Executive Producer, ZERO POINT ZERO PRODUCTION)
  • Chris Collins (Executive Producer, ZERO POINT ZERO PRODUCTION)
  • Joe Caterini (Producer, Executive Producer, ZERO POINT ZERO PRODUCTION)
  • Anthony Bourdain (Executive Producer)
  • Dr. Rajiv J. Shah (President, The Rockefeller Foundation)
  • Jeremy Leach, Director of Photography
  • Mustafa Bhagat and Laura Deney, Editors
  • Giulio Carmassi and Bryan Scary, Music

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