the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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rural route film festival: submit your film by march 20th

The Rural Route Film Festival was created to highlight works that deal with unique people and places outside of the bustle of the city.  Taking in a Rural Route program is like choosing the road less travelled, and learning something new about our constantly amazing world.  Whether it be a fictional backpacking drama set in the Peruvian Andes, a personal/experimental work about life in a Kazakh village, or a documentary about an organic, Appalachian turnip farm, our mission is to screen work about rare people and cultures normally overlooked by the mainstream media.  Our content consists of top quality, cutting edge contemporary and archival work from sources both local and far, far away.

Since 2002, the Rural Route Film Festival has been centered in New York City, where both founders (originally from Iowa) met working in the film industry.  Whether screening in New York, or on one of our many tour dates, our content is more relevant than ever, tackling some of the most important topics of the day within the slow food movement, global warming/environmental arena, and life sustainability symposium.


The submission deadline for our 11th ANNUAL FESTIVAL is March 20th!  The best way to submit is via withoutabox (where you’ll also save $5 off the already low entry fee).  Withoutabox allows online screeners (especially handy for overseas submissions and letting us expand our review committee outside of NY)!  Send us your films from the tundra, the steppe, the mountain, desert, barnyard & beyond!  Be sure to let all your filmmaker friends know!!!

We’ve also got great Tour Dates planned in Milwaukee, Columbus, Reno, Asheville, Charleston, and D.C.!  There’s still time to book ourTOUR PROGRAM through the Winter and Spring seasons!  The new “Best Of/Shorts” line-up brings you “the hits” from this year’s festival: 10 world class films from 5 different continents!

The ‘Best Of/Shorts’ features 2 Oscar short-listed films (Jensen’s “White Earth” & Réka Bucsi’s “Symphony no.42”).  Highlights include a portrait of a young shepherdess from Somaliland, the heartwarming tale of an aging ice merchant in the Ecuadorian Andes, a Hungarian animation winning every award imaginable, a lush sci-fi from one of the “new 25 faces of independent film,” an intimate portrait of an elaborate Balinese funeral, a beautifully shot look at the N. Dakota oil boom, a fictitious portrayal of Alan Lomax’s musicologist adventures, plus the best of the experimental circuit from unexpected places like an Ohio county fair, a polluted lake in Maine and a grid-lined river in Ontario.

In addition, we encourage you to inquire about showing FEATURE add-ons from this year’s fest.  Browse through the full line-up HERE, and watch the Tour Trailer HERE!  Write to to book the Rural Route in your town or city today!

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see two “our land” films in berkeley, ca – march 17th and 18th at 7 PM

Poster advertising two films showing in Berkeley, CA at 7 PM on March 17th and 18thWhat does the land want? How can our human systems for legacy planning, farm transition and land-linking best serve the interests of the land? Please join the Agrarian Trust and Our Land at two film screenings that explore issues of land access, care and transition. Each film will be followed by a Q&A or roundtable discussion.

What: Film screenings of Brookford Alamanac and Hannah Ranch

When: Tuesday, March 17th at 7 PM (Brookford Almanac) and Wednesday, March 18th at 7 PM (Hannah Ranch)

Where: The David Brower Center at 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

How much: $10 Advance/$12 Door/$5 Students + Teachers


queer farmer film project “out here” mid-west and west coast tour

The Queer Farmer Film Project’s Out Here will be proudly touring the Mid-West and West Coast during the coming weeks. Please see the screening details below, most of the information is there and will stay updated on the tour site.

Out Here is a full-length documentary film created by the Queer Farmer Film Project. Completed after 4 years in production, it looks at the experiences of queer farmers across the country and asks – what does it mean to be a queer farmer, is agriculture a safe space for queer people, and what are the relationships between food production and queerness? It is the filmmaker’s dream that this project will give voice and visibility to queer people in agriculture and inspire a flagrant national discussion about gender and sexuality as they are related to our food system.

See the list of screenings here.

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growing local


Growing Local, a new film series by Seedlight Pictures and Maine Farmland Trust, will premiere during the Camden International Film Festival on Sunday, September 28th. The screening will start at 5pm at The Strand Theatre in Rockland, and will be followed by a panel discussion on Taking Local to the Next Level with Ted Quaday, Executive Director of MOFGA, Bonnie Rukin, Slow Money Maine, and Amanda Beal, Sustainable Food Systems and Policy Consultant, and moderated by John Piotti, President of Maine Farmland Trust.

Watch the trailer here: Continue reading

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H2 worker

An important film on farm worker exploitation, released in 1990.

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Directed by Stephanie Black, 1990

Winner of the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival, H-2 WORKER reveals the systematic exploitation of Caribbean laborers by the Florida sugar industry from World War II through the 1990s. Each year more than 10,000 foreign workers were granted temporary guest worker (“H-2″) visas to spend six brutal months cutting sugar cane near Lake Okeechobee. They were housed in overcrowded barracks, denied adequate treatment for frequent on-the-job injuries, and paid less than minimum wage. Faced with deportation and soaring unemployment in their home countries, workers had little recourse but to silently accept these humiliating conditions.

Clandestinely filmed in the cane fields and around the workers’ barracks, H-2 WORKER exposes this travesty of justice, which remained a well-kept secret for decades.

Originally released in 1990, today H-2 WORKER provides an invaluable resource to understanding current debate over guest worker provisions of immigration legislation. While Florida’s sugar cane cutters have been replaced by mechanical harvesters, guest worker programs have expanded in agriculture, hotel, restaurant, forestry, and other industries. H-2 WORKER illuminates how our foreign worker program continues to benefit employers at the expense of vulnerable, underpaid workers.


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