Saving Heirlooms: Honey Bees, Seed Banks and Crop Diversity
We visit Petaluma’s Seed Bank, one of an increasing number of providers of heirloom seeds for gardeners desiring a wider diversity of feedstock and a re-connection with our agricultural roots. From Petaluma, the film travels to Point Reyes, where beekeeper Kevin Forrester builds eco-friendly hives, and then finally to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway which stores an extensive collection of plant seed samples representing the world’s crop diversity.
Joshua Dylan Mellars is an award winning film director and producer whose recent work includes Shakespeare in the Shadows, a celebration of the 400th commemoration of the master dramatist’s life and work, and The Land of Nod, a lyrical reimagining of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson poem. He is the recipient of the Wine Country Film Festival Alumni Award.
Producers: Joshua Dylan Mellars, Sofia Englund, Darren LaShelle, Nancy Dobbs
Screenplay: Joshua Dylan Mellars, Sofia Englund
66 minsJoshua Dylan Mellars is a multi award winning filmmaker whose films screened to acclaim throughout the world. His award winning music documentary trilogy (Tango Illusions, Heaven’s Mirror and Play Like a Lion) all have played at WCFF and around the world. Joshua received the WCFF “Distinguished Cinema Artist Award” (2011) to a “masterful filmmaker who blends music, imagery, poetry and narrative”. We are thrilled to pay tribute again to this talented individual. His Narratives in this show are produced by Abuela Luna Pictures, and the Documentaries are produced by KRCB North Bay Public Media. There will be a reception before the films and a Q&A after the program concludes.
In This Program: Down Home on the Zazu Farm, Born to Be Wild: Quarryhill’s Conservation Quest, Land of Nod, Saving Heirlooms: Honey Bees, Seed Banks and Crop Diversity, Shakespeare in the Shadows, Spanish Gardener