Jason Mann, Cecily Pingree / Documentary, EcoCinema / USA / 2012 / Agriculture/Viticulture, Environmental, Food, Landscape, Nature, Social Issues, Woman Filmmaker / 84 minsBetting the Farm is the story of a group of Maine dairy farmers who--dropped by their national milk company--are suddenly confronted with the real possibility of losing their farms. Banding together, the farmers launch their own milk company. Farmers Vaughn Chase, Richard Lary, and Aaron Bell--along with their families--struggle to make ends meet as they get the company off the ground. But faced with slow sales and mounting bills, can the farmers hang together long enough for the gamble to pay off? Or will they be left worse off than before?
Preceded by: Amazing Insects
Betting The Farm preceded by Amazing Insects
The Dunbar Elementary School
September 28, 2013 6:45 pm
Peter Bicknell, Andrew Kappel / Documentary, EcoCinema, International, Shorts / Ghana, Netherlands / 2012 / African, Agriculture/Viticulture, Business, Food, Student / 19 minsBittersweet, by Peter Bicknell & Andrew Kappel looks at how the cocoa trade works and especially how the 800,000 farmers in Ghana have made it the world’s number-two cocoa producer. Bittersweet focuses on the courageous work the Conservation Alliance, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) working in Western Africa to protect the environment and save the Fair Trade cocoa community.
With a sampling of Robert Rex’s acclaimed fair trade Chocolate Truffles!
Precedes: A Portrait Of Artist Adam Shaw
Yung Chang / Documentary, EcoCinema / Canada / 2012 / Agriculture/Viticulture, Food, History, Terroir of Cinema / 95 minsThis new documentary from acclaimed director Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze, China Heavyweight ), is a sensual and seductive tribute to nature's sweetest bounty. It is a cinematic odyssey that takes viewers from the dawn of humanity to the cutting of edge of modern agriculture - a film that will change not just the way we look at what we eat, but what it means to be human. Inspired by Adam Leith Gollner's book of the same name, and accompanied by a motley group of fruit fanatics including Hollywood actor Bill Pullman, Chang explores a wider, weirder world of fruit: stinky durians, cherimoyas, ice cream beans.
Lucy Walker / Documentary, Food On Film, International, Shorts / Japan, USA / 2012 / Agriculture/Viticulture, Art, Buddhism, Cultural, Food, Japan, Philosophy / 24 minsThis film explores an almost 400-year-old Japanese company, the impact it had on a small farming community in Middle America and the art of naturally brewing soy sauce. Founded by a woman in feudal Japan, Kikkoman has been guided by a family creed handed down for 19 generations. Each article of the creed serves as a thematic chapter for this amazing story of shogun warlords, culinary craftsmanship and lifelong friendships.
IN PERSON: Producer Jon Drawbaugh
Precedes: Slow Food Story
Slow Food Story preceded by Make Haste Slowly: The Kikkoman Creed
The Dunbar Elementary School
September 29, 2013 4:45 pm
Gilles Legrand / International, Narrative / France / 2011 / Agriculture/Viticulture, Film Art, Human Relationships, Seniors, Wine / 102 minsA demanding and passionate winemaker, Paul is also a domineering and manipulative father, not happy that his son, who works for him on the family estate, may one day succeed him. Paul dreams of a more talented and charismatic heir, more in line with his own fantasies. Things deteriorate as the health of Paul’s trusted estate manager (Patrick Chesnais) takes a turn for the worse after his own brilliant son, Philippe (Nicolas Bridet), a winemaker as well, returns from California. Not before long, Paul starts seeing Philippe as his ideal son and turns away from his own flesh and blood.