We all know Thanksgiving isn’t about the food. But the rituals that bring friends and family together around a shared table certainly are what memories are made of. Wild & Scenic wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving, and in this spirit is excited to whet your whistle with some films that will screen in January at our 12th annual Festival that embody a “food” theme. Enjoy!
Growing Cities, Daniel Susman
From rooftop farmers to backyard beekeepers, Americans are growing food like never before. Growing Cities tells the inspiring stories of these intrepid urban farmers, innovators, and everyday city-dwellers who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food. From those growing food in backyards to make ends meet to educators teaching kids to eat healthier, viewers discover urban farmers are harvesting a whole lot more than just good food.
Reynaldo, Dan Childs/Nick Werber co-directors. Nick Werber/Crees Foundation Producer
Reynaldo lives in the Amazon Rainforest. He used to cut down trees and farm the land to survive. He learned the hard way that it was not a sustainable way to live. He saw his land turn barren and his crops die. Then he woke up. He changed the way he worked and began planting trees. Then he learned how to farm in balance with the forest. Now he travels all over the region helping others to do the same. Finally he sees the true beauty in the forest and the message it has to offer.
Occupy the Farm
They cut the padlock off the gate, and marched onto the last pristine farmland in the urban East Bay. They raised a banner that read, Occupy the Farm, and told the press, “farmland is for farming.” Then they planted 15,000 seedlings to save this publicly owned land from becoming a shopping mall, condos and a baseball diamonds. Occupy the Farm surprised officials. Inspired and angered the neighbors. Created a media sensation. Drew in the riot police. And changed the fate of the land.
GMO OMG, Jeremy Seifert
GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what’s on your plate.
Compost-a-lujah, Green Action Centre (Christopher Paetkau)
Let’s face it: composting isn’t the most glamorous of topics or activities. It can be dirty, rotten, and smelly. But it doesn’t have to be. Meet Linda Olsen – master composter. She gave her heart to composting, and in return, it gave her life. This short-short presents simple steps to reduce your waste while producing natural fertilizer for your garden.