Breckenridge Film Fest: ‘Food Patriots’ revolutionizes the way we eat |

Breckenridge Film Fest: ‘Food Patriots’ revolutionizes the way we eat

The film 'Food Patriots' follows a family's attempt to revolutionize the way they eat, including raising their own chickens. The film will be shown at the Breckenridge Film Festival in September.
Special to the Weekender |

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of short reviews of films showing at the Breckenridge Film Festival.

“Food Patriots” is a sincere, compelling and funny documentary about one family’s struggle with a foodborne illness and their attempt to change the way they eat. The film will screen at noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre as part of the Breckenridge Film Festival.

After son Sam gets antibiotic-resistant campylobacter from a chicken Caesar salad, parents Jennifer and Jeff Spitz begin to research ways to create a healthier and more sustainable diet for their family. Their greater goal? Perhaps impacting the country at large.

What follows is an amusing journey of failed attempts at gardening and illegal backyard chicken farming, conversations with urban farmers about food deserts and inspiring stories about healthy eating from neighborhoods, suburbs, colleges, companies and even sports teams.

The focus is on the Spitz family, but the larger issue is paramount: health and environmental concerns of the American food system, the average citizen’s role in it and changes that can be made for the better.

Jeff Spitz is a humorous veteran documentary filmmaker. Those with any interest in the status of the American diet and improvements toward a healthier and happier nutrition system will find this film worth the view.

The Breckenridge Film Festival runs from Thursday, Sept. 18, through Sunday, Sept. 21. Learn more about this and other films online at

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