Reception at 6:00 p.m.
This program of short films and panel discussion will illustrate how farmers and communities are expanding their farming traditions and practices and preserving farmland to meet the demands for sustainable, locally grown food while ensuring that farming remains a profitable career.
FARMING FOR THE FUTURE - ENDURING TRADITIONS, INNOVATIVE PRACTICES
AGE OF THE FARMER (USA, 2015, 6 min.)
As the average age of North American farmers approaches 60 years old, a new generation in the Pacific Northwest explores a future in agriculture by volunteering on organic farms. Directed by Spencer MacDonald and produced by Eva Verbeek.
FARMING FOR THE FUTURE (USA, 2014, 7 min.)
Virginia farmer Cliff Miller thinks through new management techniques to help his farm adapt to a changing culture and environment while continuing a deep tradition of land stewardship. Directed by Aditi Desai and produced by AU's Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Prince Charitable Trusts.
50 YEARS OF FARMING: FOR LOVE AND VEGETABLES (USA, 2014, 10 min.)
Organic farmers in Tysons Corner, VA reflect on a half-century of sustainable and community-focused agriculture. Directed by Aditi Desai and produced by AU's Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Prince Charitable Trusts.
WALT (USA, 2015, 6 min.)
Organic raisin farmer Walt Shubin has dedicated the last 65 years of his life to restoring California's San Joaquin River to its previous glory. In the midst of drought, he argues for sustainable water use. Directed and produced by Justin Clifton.
THE CULTURE OF COLLARDS (US, 2016, 7 min.)
Collard greens are more than a simple side dish. Brought to the American South with the slave trade, they hold a vital place in African-American cultural history. Now, a new generation of farmers, historians, and educators works to share this heritage, promoting healthy communities. Directed by Vanina Harel and produced by Aditi Desai, Kristin Pauly, Leonard Berman, and Chris Palmer.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT, FOOD FOR LIFE (USA, 2015, 22 min.)
Industrial agriculture takes a toll on both the health of our environment and the quality of our food. Food for Thought, Food for Life surveys problems with today's agribusiness world, voicing new solutions offered by farmers, chefs, researchers, educators, and advocates. Directed and produced by Susan Rockefeller.
FREE. Reservations required.
American University, School of Communication, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, Doyle/Forman Theater, 201 McKinley Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW (Metro: Tenleytown-AU, Shuttle bus service to AU)
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4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
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