HANCEVILLE, Ala. — They are three very different people, but Jesse Roesler’s film “The Starfish Throwers” highlights the common effort of these individuals to feed the hungry around the world.
Called “the most heartwarming film of 2014” by The Huffington Post, the 83-minute film will be screened on Thursday, March 19, at Wallace State Community College’s Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. The film is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, is sponsored by South Arts and presented by The Evelyn Burrow Museum. Admission is free and open to the public.
“By turns both poignant and heartwarming, ‘The Starfish Throwers’ explores how three of the world’s most fiercely compassionate individuals fight hunger and struggle to restore hope to the hopeless in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways,” states a synopsis of the film on its website, www.thestarfishthrowers.com.
The film tells the story of a five-star chef in India who quits his job to deliver fresh meals to hundreds of homeless people every day of the year; a sixth-grader who started a movement to provide fresh vegetables to food banks and others in need; and a retired middle school teacher from Minneapolis who sacrifices so much to deliver thousands of sandwiches each night to those in need.
Roesler’s film started with the story of the retired teacher, Allan Law, and grew to include the stories of Chef Narayanan Krishnan of India and South Carolina teen Katie Stagliano.
“The intimate access they granted me allowed me to witness their intense struggles and beautiful triumphs,” Roesler wrote on the film’s website. “The experience has been both humbling and unforgettable. Seeing them reject cynicism and transcend mass apathy with every act of kindness they committed reminded me of the lost idealism of youth. While many of us have put aside some of those innocent dreams of changing the world and making a difference, I believe sharing these stories will help us all to rediscover our own potential to affect positive change.”
Roesler is expected to be in attendance at the 6 p.m., screening, and will be available to take questions after the film. A 9:30 a.m., viewing will be held for Wallace State students enrolled in Learning Communities courses. The public is welcome to attend either event.
For more information about The Evelyn Burrow Museum, visit www.burrowmuseum.org or call 256.352.8457.