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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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organic rising

another new film… Organic Rising.

Today’s food crisis is the civil rights movement of our time.

As Americans slowly awaken to the shocking realities of our industrial food system, interest and curiosity flourish across the country about what healthy food is and how to access it. With organic food sales projected to rise from $28 billion in 2012 to $264 billion in 2017, Pulitzer Prize and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Anthony Suau presents Organic Rising, an inside look at the obstructions and die hard determination to reclaim our right to healthy food.

Organic Rising is an eye opening journey into the heart of America’s organic food revolution. Seen through the eyes of seasoned pioneers, up-and-coming farmers and high-powered investors the documentary gives voice to their collective vision for a sustainable food system. Through breathtaking imagery and insightful interviews the film both informs and engages questioning consumers as well as aspiring farmers.


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