the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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freaking amazing old german farming films

Landwirtschaft gestern: Heinzen und Pupen (1942)

Totally classic, romantic, dramatic, vintage farming film! Includes all the greatest tropes in farming: haymaking, stooking corn, building fences…
Leben und Arbeit in der Landwirtschaft ca. 1958
Interesting documentation of semi-mechanized agriculture and the coolest hay machine this side of the Industrial Revolution. Added bonus: great kitten cameo at 6:46.
“German UFA documentary film showing a year in life of an Austrian farming family in the Alps.”
This one is going to make your Winter chores look like a relaxed evening stroll through a rose garden.


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free viewing of “Grazers: A Cooperative Story” april 30th in ballston spa, ny

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County will host a free(!) viewing of the film Grazers: A Cooperative Story.
When: Thursday, April 30th 2015 at 7pm at the 4-H Training Center
Where: 556 Middleline Road Ballston Spa, NY
Why: New York State loses a farm every three days, and with it a way of life, generations of farming knowledge, small town infrastructure and a whole landscape. Filmed over the course of two-years, Grazers: A Cooperative Story follows a group of fiercely independent farmers in upstate New York as they create a beef cooperative to hold on to their failing farms. Grazers explores the demise of the family farm and rural landscape and the emergence of a new, local food movement that links country and city in an effort to improve food quality and retain local farms.
How: The viewing is free, however pre-registration is encouraged. Please call 518-885-8995 to register. Visit http://www.grazersfilm.com/ or contact Carter Older at co263@cornell.edu for more information.


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the ultimate woman farmer romance!

Far from the Madding Crowd is perhaps the most pastoral of Hardy’s Wessex novels. It tells the story of the young farmer Gabriel Oak and his love for and pursuit of the elusive Bathsheba Everdene, whose wayward nature leads her to both tragedy and true love. It tells of the dashing Sergeant Troy whose rakish philosophy of life was ‘…the past was yesterday; never, the day after’. And lastly, of the introverted and reclusive gentleman farmer, Mr Boldwood, whose love fills him with ‘…a fearful sense of exposure’, when he first sets eyes on Bathsheba.


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a small good thing

The Greenhorns strongly recommends filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll’s  A Small Good Thing, a film that feels far larger in its emotional depth than its name might suggest. It tells five stories of “people moving away from a philosophy of “more is better” toward a more holistic conception of happiness — one based on a close connection to their bodies and health, to the natural world, and to the greater good.”

Three men cleaning large green vegetable leaves in large plastic buckets in Rwanda.

Photo of Gardens for Health International in Rwanda as shown on the film’s website, http://asmallgoodthingfilm.com.

Watch the trailer (careful, it’ll throw a thinking wrench in your day and may make your eyes well up a little) and see the film in Massachusetts at the following times and places. We’ll see you there!

Boston International Film Festival
April 18 and 20, 2015

Saturday,  April 18, 2015
Broadway Pictures Entertainment Inc. Studio
9A Hamilton Place Boston, MA 02108
5:00pm – 6:30pm (Session 13)

Monday, April 20, 2015
Broadway Pictures Entertainment Inc. Studio
9A Hamilton Place Boston, MA 02108
11:00am-1:30pm (Session 24)

Berkshire International Film Festival
MAY 28 – 31, 2015
Visit biffma.org for more information.


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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.

SUMBIT YOUR FILM

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 tour@ruralroutefilms.com 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


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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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