Food Fight-Inside the Battle for Market Basket
At it’s first showing on Thursday night, Food Fight- Inside the Battle for Market Basket no less than enthralled the audience at The Music Hall.
This film follows the story of the summer of 2014 — as you might recall, when Market Basket was undergoing a management dispute over the supermarket chain. In the largest non-union labor walk out in the history of the United States, Market Basket associates and customers protested after beloved CEO Arthur T. DeMoulas was fired by the Board. With direction by Jay Childs, screenplay by Tom Bennett, narration by Randy Price, and the combined production efforts of Jay Childs, Tom Bennett, and Melissa Paly, Food Fight illustrates the power and strength of a community that works together.
Following the film the audience was treated to a Q&A with two of the film’s producers, Tom Bennett and Melissa Paly. Bennett and Paly revealed that there was an overwhelming response to the film by Market Basket associates. When screenings were held, they sold out The Music Hall. Bennett, the editor of the film, also clued the audience in to how much footage was shot — saying that there was between 300 and 350 hours of footage used to create this 109 minute film. This very small crew, less than 10 people, made good use of all of that footage.