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Seeing Through the Fence

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Seeing Through the Fence

Seeing Through the Fence 

When: Mon., Jan. 10 2011
Among her many other pursuits, filmmaker, blogger and indie rock drummer Eleni Vlachos is a one-woman whirlwind of vegan activism. This fall, she and local chef Shirlé Hale-Koslowski created the Bull City Vegan Challenge, which spurred local restaurants to come up with inventive dishes—no hummus plates or veggie burgers allowed—free of animal products. It was supposed to run for a month, but it was so successful that several restaurants decided to keep the entrées on the menu, to the delight of Durham's growing herbivorous crowd.

A documentary on the Challenge is promised. In the meantime, Vlachos will screen her previous vegan doc, Seeing Through the Fence. It includes facts and footage of modern meat production plus interviews with family, friends and talkative strangers, as Vlachos probes people's feelings about meat eating and veganism. As detailed on her lively, well-written blog (, Vlachos has screened the film at more than 100 venues (often while traveling with her band Beloved Binge), including a rather extensive collection of college campuses. In April she wrote, "I realized that we'd been all over the country, but hardly screened Seeing Through the Fence in N.C. at all. Silly." So tonight's screening at the Pinhook will be a sort of homecoming. It starts at 8:30 p.m. and is free, plus there will be vegan snacks (bring your own if you're so inclined). —Marc Maximov



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