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evolution of organic hits theaters this month!

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The world premier of the Evolution of Organic (see our previous post on this film here and here) is finally upon us! You can catch the event at the opening Night of Green Film Fest 2017 on April 20 at the Castro Theatre. Schedule as follows:

6:00pm  ::  Opening Night Reception with Mark Kitchell and Festival filmmakers
7:30pm  ::  Evolution of Organic (Mark Kitchell, USA, 2017, 82 mins)

As the Film Fest surmises, “[The Evolution of Organic] started with a motley crew of back-to-the-landers rejecting industrial farming. It went on to spawn a renewed connection with our food and land. Filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties; A Fierce Green Fire) presents a celebration of Californian organic farming told by the people that started it all thru to a new generation who continue to reinvent the food system.”

The film will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Mark Kitchell and special guests. Buy tickets here!


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call for film submissions

photo credit – Nino Rocha

Tales from Planet Earth, an environmental themed film fesitival, is looking for submissions to the upcoming 2017 event in Madison.

The theme for this years festival is ‘Land’! Does that resonate with you?

“Standing Rock. Idle No More. The Landless Worker’s Movement. Across the globe, land dispossession—both past and present—is bringing together new alliances and collective actions in the struggle for the rights and sovereignty of local peoples to determine their own futures. The 6th biennial Tales from Planet Earth will showcase stories that inform, challenge, and inspire audiences to rethink relationships to land in an era where greed, corruption, and resource demands are swallowing up ancestral and customary lands, severing cultural traditions rooted in the earth, and threatening the livelihoods, sovereignty, and self-determination of communities throughout the world.”

Filmmakers interested in having films considered for the festival should email the festival project manager, Peter Boger, at pgboger@gmail.com no later than May 1st with a brief synopsis of their film and any other relevant information. We will follow up if we are interested in viewing a screener of the film to consider for the festival program.

 


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rural route film tour 2017

The Rural Route ‘Best of/Shorts’ Tour Program
Upcoming Shows:
March 12 – Decorah, IA @ Oneota Film Festival
March 14 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ CSPS
April 6 – Richmond, VA @ James River Film Festival
May 13 – Portland, OR @ Clinton Street Theater
June 3 – Rochester, NY @ The Little Theater
 
This year’s show contains…Réka Bucsi,’s latest animation, Love, featuring red panthers, black horses, and a giant water guy (and has been nabbing masses of awards all around the world)…Black Canaries, Jesse Kreitzer’s stunning, beautifully-shot 1907 period piece about an Iowa mining family’s continuous descent for coal…Jan van IJken’s The Art of Flying, artistically documenting one of the most spectacular sights on Earth involving starlings in Holland…and Ogasawara, Georgian director, Tato Kotetishvili’s whimsical tale of a Dukhabor wedding on the Armerian border…  Check out the full program at https://ruralroutefilms.com/tour/!  
 
Write to tour@ruralroutefilms.com to set up a screening! And filmmakers, please note, Rural Route’s annual CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS closes on March 18!  The best way to submit is via withoutabox(where you’ll save $5 off the already low entry fee).  


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evolution of organic premiers at ecofarm conference, jan. 27

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Still from the film feature Severine and Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser of Singing Frogs farm, who are leaders in no-till farming and recently the key-note speakers at the NOFA MA Winter Conference.

This year at the EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove California, participants will get a chance to see a sneak preview of the documentary The Origins of Organic!

Evolution of Organic, according to its filmmakers, “brings us the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters rejected chemical industrial farming and set out to explore organic alternatives. It’s a heartfelt journey of change – from a small band of rebels to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food. By now organic has gone mainstream – split into an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people, and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture. As interviewee Kelly Mulville says, “Creating health in the soil creates health in the ecosystem creates health in the atmosphere – and it all cycles around.””

All that, and Severine makes a cameo!

This year’s EcoFarm Conference, which also features incredible speakers, farmer mixers, and even dancing, takes place January 25-28 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds. Online registration is now closed but onsite walk-in registration begins Wed, Jan 25 – Sat, Jan 28 starting at 7am.


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tickets now available for the rural route film festival!

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Tickets are now available for the 12th annual Rural Route Film Festival!  Get yer Opening Night tix at Brooklyn Grange here!  Get yer Museum of the Moving Image tix here!
 
 
The line-up includes a mix of new movies and all-time classics, plus top notch shorts from around the globe.  Features include Yared Zeleke’s LAMB (“Sheer brilliance knits together first Ethiopian film at Cannes” –The Guardian); plus New York premieres of German director Veit Helmer’s Little Rascals-inspired FIDDLESTICKS, and Moein Karimoddini’s documentary, ATLAN, about a young Turkmen Iranian horse trainer.  Rounding out the line-up are gorgeous favorites, THE BLACK STALLION (1979) and WHITE MANE (1952) by the director of The Red Balloon.  
 
The Brooklyn Grange event includes a ukulele performance by local Japanese/Bossa Nova guru, Sakai, plus a mix of narrative, animated, documentary and experimental short films from Maine, the Netherlands, Tennessee, the Georgian/Armenian border, Iowa, Iceland and beyond – w/several filmmakers in attendance!  There will be food and beer specials afterwards courtesy of COFFEED and SingleCut, w/the support of the Dutch Consulate!
 
Get special leaks & updates — FOLLOW @: https://www.facebook.com/RuralRouteFilms
https://twitter.com/ruralroutefilms


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up-up

Fabulous news, Greenhorns, our new spiffy website for Up up! is liveUp up! is a DIY collective festival made of a great gaggle of amazing agrarian films. The spiffy new website is much clearer than the old one and has a new Resources page to help facilitate your festival.

Check out the festival locator to see screenings near you! Or add yours to the map
Get in touch film@thegreenhorns.net.


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new documentary on wendell berry premiers at SXSW festival

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The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berrypremiered yesterday at SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin. The film spans four seasons; revolving around Berry; his muse of Henry County, Kentucky; and this pivotal contemporary moment in agrarian America. Barbara J. King did a great piece on the film yesterday for NPR, ripe with great Wendell Berry quotes and some contextual food for thought, all of which you can read here.

I scoured the internet for a trailer like a hungry squash bug but to no avail. So I watched every video of Wendell Berry reading his poetry that I could find on Vimeo (wondering if this is how normal people felt about news of the new Star Wars movie), and finally did find a video on the film’s new kickstarted page, which I have happily embedded for you below:

No news yet on where the film will show after SXSW, but you find our more and follow the latest news here.


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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 fest needs your help!!

Rural Route needs a bit more help to make this year’s film fest happen! Please, if you can, check out their indiegogo page and support this amazing event.

ALSO, YOU SHOULD ATTEND THE FESTIVAL!! July 27 and August 1-4, 2013!!  

from their indiegogo page:

We don’t have the backing of larger organizations, and this year, more than ever, we’re finding huge increases in operational expenses and fees across the board.  We need your help to keep at it with our unique, important work!

Rural Route’s film fest was established in 2003 to create a platform for artists’ work that focuses on unique people and cultures outside the bustle of the city.  Every year our program covers a wide spectrum of local and global content, giving audiences a window into one-of-a-kind worlds, and highlighting subjects often ignored by the mainstream medi, often lost in other festivals.  Our content tackles some of the most important topics of the day within the slow food movement, global warming/environmental arena, and life sustainability symposium.

We are known for screening new, cutting edge indie films that are hard to see anywhere else, such as Now, Forager:  a relationship drama about a New Jersey mushroom-hunting couple, and Truck Farm:  a whimsical documentary that explores issues in urban agriculture and sustainability…  Global diversity is essential to Rural Route’s programming as well – this year we have 28 films from 13 countries on 5 continents!  We also give utmost respect to short films, archival film, and film as an artform!

We need to reach a certain level just to cover these operating expenses, but we hope to go above and beyond that to put together something fantastic, making the best of our awesome opportunities through incredible venues such as Brooklyn Grange’s flagship rooftop farm overlooking the Manhattan skyline in Long Island City.  We also have a new outlet for live music and onsite food via the Museum of the Moving Image’s new outdoor courtyard, and the chance to have special guests for you to interact with for our amazing new films from Chile, Kazakhstan, Senegal, China, and New Jersey.  We can also add to special retro/restoration programs, such as this year’s tribute to the late Les Blank, and a screening of a new DCP restoration of Werner Herzog’s “Fitzcarraldo”.


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strolling of the heifers – call for film entries

Inspired by Spain’s famous “Running of the Bulls,” Brattleboro’s annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade features scores of heifers ambling up the town’s historic Main Street, along with many, many farmers, future farmers, cows, bulls, horses,

Strolling of the Heifers will present its first annual Farm & Food Short Film Festival during the Tenth Annual Strolling of the Heifers Weekend (June 2-5, 2011) in Brattleboro, Vermont.

They are looking for short films (45 minutes or less) that fit our overall theme and mission: Strolling of the Heifers connects people with healthy local food and with the farmers and producers who bring it to them. For more information, contact festival coordinator Jane Findlay at jfindlay22@yahoo.com or check out the website: http://www.strollingoftheheifers.com/