Reel and Meal at the New Deal

Reel and Meal is a monthly film series at the New Deal Cafe exploring vital environmental, animal rights, and social justice issues. Admission to the film is always free, sponsored by several Greenbelt community organizations. Contributions are gladly accepted to cover each month’s donation to a non-profit organization.

Reel and Meal events are in-person (limited seating) and online via Zoom.  Each month registration links will be posted here.  You can also reach out to Reel and Meal at

Date: Third Monday of every month
Time: The free film starts at 7pm.
Dinner: Greenbelt’s Co-op Grocery offers a vegan meal in support of Reel and Meal’s mission. Cost is $7.99 for participants. Phone in your pre-order to the deli at 301-474-0522 by 1:00pm on the day of the film for pick-up between 4:00pm and 7:00pm at the deli. Depending on demand, there may be dinners on a walk-in basis, if not pre-ordered.
Location: Online or at the New Deal Cafe – 113 Centerway in historic Greenbelt, MD
Public transportation: The cafe is accessible by Metro Buses G12, 13, 14 and 16 from the Greenbelt Metro station.

August 16, 2010

This month’s film is internationally well-known alternative health expert Gary Null’s documentary Autism: Made in the USA. If you’re interested in the film but can’t make it to the cafe, the director has made it available on Youtube — see the website for all of the episodes.

Early in the documentary, families and family activists tell of their experiences with autism, then many speakers address possible causation by environmental toxins, as well as by the mandated increase in the number of toxin-containing vaccines administered to children. Other topics addressed related to autism are pollution, pregnancy, autism incidence, distorted research, our medical system, economics, journalism, public information strategies, and litigation. Also discussed is the 20-year, nearly $2 billion vaccine damage government payout to 2260 families.

While this full length documentary is well-made and persuasive, two of its conclusions — that vaccines may be primarily to blame, and that the methods of alternative practitioners have been helpful for over 80% of affected children — are controversial, with some saying that its central thesis is likely completely and dangerously wrong.

Bill Norwood, a Greenbelter since 1981, has made a thorough study of the film’s thesis and will be defending it as he leads the Q&A after the film. We invite you to participate in the discussion and challenge or support his and the film’s arguments.

Contact Steve Kane at for more information.