Celebrating Young Farmers on the Big Screen

posted May 30, 2019

Reading young farmers’ stories and poems in The New Farmer’s Almanac is one way to discover the expansive terrain of farming today. Seeing it in real life takes it to the next level. And because most of us live in cities, getting out to see the landscape of crop rotations, new born chicks and apricot trees can be a difficult task. Fortunately, there is an ever growing collection of documentary films that showcase the farmers of our future.

One of these films is The Biggest Little Farm, which chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet. Opened in theaters May 10th. Marion Nestle of “Food Politics” writes an intriguing review on the film on her blog.

If you can swing it, come on up and join Greenhorns at Reversing Hall in Pembroke, Maine this August for our Summer Camp Film Festival Series!! On top of the amazing workshops throughout the summer, Movie Nights will feature inspiring and eye opening films about the journeys of young farmer activists engaging with the food system for a more biodiverse future. Come for the high quality film, stay for the cozy velvet sofas and seaweed sprinkled popcorn. Stay tuned for more details and the full line up of films!


Maine Outdoor Film Festival Screening in Belfast

Join us at the Maine Outdoor Film Festival for an evening of films, shown outdoors at Waterfall Arts, Belfast. This evening’s selection will feature conservation and outdoor adventure shorts. This year they have opted to include episode 6 of Greenhorn’s OurLand – The Crown of Maine

The total running time of the film festival is 84 minutes. There will also be a brief intermission with a free door prize raffle.

Details

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 30 minutes after sunset (about 8:00PM)
Cost: $10 suggested donation
Location: Waterfall Arts – 256 High St, Belfast, Maine 04915

Presented in partnership with: Waterfall Arts

FILMS TO BE SCREENED (in no particular order):

Film Name  – Director – Running Time
Yojani | A Cuba Skate Story – Makewild – 2:00
Wild Ice – Backcountry Skating Alaska – Cale Green Sockeye Red Services & Paxson Woelber – 3:00
Bailey and the Alewives – Molly Haley Molly Haley Photography & David Meiklejohn – 5:19
Playing on the Pinn – Rob Johnson – 10:50
Our Land: The Crown of Maine – The Greenhorns – 11:51
This Place Called Nuka: Courting Adventure in Wild Alaska – Dave Weich – 22:20
Bears Ears – Hank Leukart Without Baggage – 28:45

*Screening schedule is subject to change*


Maine Outdoor Film Festival in Fort Kent

Join us at the Maine Outdoor Film Festival for an evening of outdoor films under the stars at Riverside Park Pavillion. The total running time for the film festival is 61 minutes and there will also be a brief intermission with a free door prize raffle.

Details:

Date: Thursday, September 13th, 2018
Time: Doors: 6:45 PM. Films 7:45PM
Admission: Free
Location: Riverside Park Pavillion

Presented in partnership with: BikeMaine

FILMS TO BE SCREENED (in no particular order):

Film Name – Director- Running Time
Jimmy Smith – Chris Olson, Austin Elliott – 2:30
Nick Livesey – My Mountain Healing – Rob Johnson – 5:31
One Week At A Time – No Umbrella Media – 11:17
Our Land: The Crown of MaineThe Greenhorns – 11:51
Guanaco – Pedro McCardell – 15:00
Ride the Rhine – Joe Enoch – 9:57

*Screening schedule is subject to change*


evolution of organic hits theaters this month!

posted April 14, 2017

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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!


call for film submissions

posted March 15, 2017

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.

 


rural route film tour 2017

posted March 14, 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).  

evolution of organic premiers at ecofarm conference, jan. 27

posted January 24, 2017

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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.



tickets now available for the rural route film festival!

posted July 26, 2016

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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!
 
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posted March 21, 2016

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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@greenhorns.org.