Farm Film Fest 12, the twelfth annual film festival devoted to farms and farming, was screened virtually on Sunday, September 13, beginning at 3pm. This year’s lineup of films focused on farms, farmers, and farming issues both local and national — all centered around this year’s theme: “Farming for the Future: Sustainability in a Time of Change.” Farm Film Festival 12 was a virtual event this year — free and open to all.
Made possible by the generous sponsorship of Chatham’s MetzWood Insurance, the program features a mix of films made by professional and amateur filmmakers, each handpicked by representatives of the presenting organizations: the Crandell Theatre, Chatham Agricultural Partnership, and Columbia Land Conservancy.
Post-film discussion is moderated by botanist Daniel Franck, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, currently Director of Science Curriculum at the Core Knowledge Foundation. Participants include Terence Duvall (Farm Program Coordinator, Columbia Land Conservancy), Jon Bowermaster (Oceans 8 Films) and Henry Corsun (Dog Wood Farm). The program runs a total of just over two hours, including the screenings and discussion.
FARM FILM FEST 12 LINEUP
Commissioned by Capital Institute to launch a storytelling series about the emergence of regenerative economy in the Hudson Valley, The River That Flows Both Ways follows the Hudson River as it links the Hawthorne Valley Biodynamic Farm in Ghent, NY to the Inwood Farmer’s Market in Manhattan.
For the past several years, filmmaker Jon Bowermaster and his One Ocean Media Foundation / Oceans 8 Films team have focused on a series of short films about the environmental risks to, and hopes for, the Hudson River Valley. Their film Farmscape Ecology asks scientists from Bard College, SUNY New Paltz, Hudson, the Hudson Valley Farm Hub and Hawthorne Valley a simple question: “Can farming and wildlife co-exist?”
Edible Uprising looks at the beautiful and biointensive farm of the same name operating in Troy, NY. The farm is run by husband and wife team Ben Stein and Alicia Brown, who grow over 200 varieties of vegetables and flowers on one acre of land. They are dedicated to growing ethical, sustainable, and healthy food.
The Crandell Theatre is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit, member-supported organization that operates and maintains the historic movie house at 48 Main Street in Chatham, NY. For more information on Farm Film Fest, visit crandelltheatre.org. Farm Film Fest is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.