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.

November 18, 2019

The Medicine in the Mind

In partnership with Utopia Film Festival, Reel and Meal features The Medicine in the Mind, and two short films, “How a Song Saved a Species” and “Indian Gold”.

In 2015, an Appalachian medical student travels to the Himalayan Mountains to meet with Tibetan refugees. Inspired by their ability to manage personal trauma, she pursues training in mindfulness meditation. Back home, when the opioid crisis its her hometown, she discovers a pioneering program seeking to combat addiction through the medicine in the mind. The program will include discussion with the film’s producer.

The Utopia Film Festival is an annual festival that aims to present films that explore utopian visions in a multitude of forms. Now in its 15th year, Utopia has a program of documentaries, feature films, shorts and animation which creatively explore the personal, social, political, cultural and environmental issues which challenge humanity’s never-ending quest for a better world.

For more about the films or Utopia Film Festival contact Frank Gervasi at 301 467 2418 or . You can also visit