NC Film Premiere: Food Evolution

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, in collaboration with GMO Answers, is excited to host the North Carolina film premiere of "Food Evolution." From Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy​ and narrated by renowned science communicator​ Neil deGrasse Tyson, "Food Evoltion" is set a midst a brutally polarized debate marked by passion, suspicion and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food.

Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, the film wrestles with the emotions and the science driving one of the most heated arguments of our time.

In a state where agriculture and life sciences are the leading industries, this universal conversation can have great impact. With five of the six global ag biotech giants housed and/or headquartered in N.C., the science is ever present for us, but sadly myths still seem to prevail around the globe.

Open to the public, this event is for anyone who has ever had an interest in better understanding where their food originates, the challenges faced with an ever growing population, the technologies that are working to support this population change, and why GMOs and organic are not mutually exclusive. Following the film, we will offer a panel consisting of a scientist, a farmer, a chef and the director. Hear their viewpoints and have the opportunity to ask your questions.


5:00 p.m.      Check-in / Networking Reception

6:30 p.m.      Welcome and Introductions:


Michelle VonCannon, CSEP
Program & Event Manager, Agriculture Initiative, NCBiotech

Michelle manages the marketing, communications and program and event development for the Agriculture Initiative at NCBiotech. Her work is focused on stakeholder and community engagement, including the management of the N.C. AgBiotech Advisory Council. Michelle has been with the Biotechnology Center since the summer of 2011. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, she is a graduate of both Salem Academy and College.

Richard Reich, Ph.D.
Assistant Commissioner for Agricultural Services, N.C. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Dr. Reich became Assistant Commissioner for Agricultural Services March 2005 after serving as Director of the Department’s Agronomic Services Division since March 1999.   As Assistant Commissioner, he oversees the Agronomic Services, Food Distribution, Marketing, Plant Industry, Research Stations, and Soil and Water Conservation divisions, along with the department’s Small Farms and Environmental programs.  Prior to joining NCDA&CS, Dr. Reich worked as a program manager and research scientist with R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and as a county agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension. He is a native of Forsyth County where he grew up and still lives on a small farm. He holds a B.S. in Agronomy, M.S. in Soil Science, and Ph.D. in Soil Science, all from N.C. State University.  

6:45 p.m.      Film presentation: Food Evolution

8:15 p.m.      Panel with Q&A:             


Lynda Loveland
Anchor/Reporter, WRAL/Fox 50 News

Lynda Loveland is an evening news anchor and reporter for WRAL-TV and FOX 50, and is also a contributing blogger for WRAL-TV’s Go Ask Mom.  Lynda joined the Capitol Broadcasting Company family in 1998 as news anchor and reporter for WRAL-TV.  Lynda takes great pride in bringing her audience the news that is meaningful to their lives. She believes honesty, objectivity and compassion are essential components of the stories she helps tell, but always tries to throw in a healthy dose of fun along the way. Lynda graduated from the University of North Texas and is the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy. Born and raised in Missouri, Lynda moved to North Carolina in 1998 and has been loving it ever since. 

Kevin Folta, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department & Graduate Program in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Florida

Dr. Folta is a noted expert in training scientists, farmers and physicians in how to effectively engage a curious and concerned public about science and agricultural innovations.  In 2016 he was recognized with the prestigious CAST Borlaug Award in Agricultural Communications and was the ProFarmer Person of the Year.  

Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Director, Food Evolution

Academy Award® nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s documentary work includes The Garden, which tells the story of the complicated struggle over the nation’s largest community garden; Independent Spirit Award Nominee OT: our town, about the first play in 25 years at Dominguez High School in Compton; and the critically acclaimed Fame High, which follows four students through a year at one of the most respected and competitive performing arts high schools in the country. Scott’s latest documentary is Food Evolution, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. 


Fred Gould, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Genetic Engineering and Society Center, N.C. State University

Dr. Gould has served National Research Council committees, addressing regulation of genetic technologies in agriculture. He received the Alexander von Humboldt Award for most significant agricultural research over a five-year period, the Sigma Xi George Bugliarello Prize for written communication of science, and the O. Max Gardner Award in 2012 for being the UNC faculty member with the greatest contribution to human welfare. Dr. Gould was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2011 and serves on the National Research Council Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources.


Lorenda Overman
Owner, Overman Farms

Bio coming soon.


Parking deck is directly across the street. Click here for directions.



You may purchase tickets online, in person at Carolina Theatre Box Office or by calling 919-560-3030, Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.



The Carolina Theatre
309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC 27701

$10 General Admission