This Weekend!
Farm Film Fest 11

Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 12:30pm
at Crandell Theatre on Main Street in Chatham, NY


Farm Film Fest poster

Farm Film Fest 11, the eleventh film festival devoted to farms and farming, takes place at the Crandell Theatre in Chatham, NY, on Sunday, March 24, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The afternoon festival shows films that educate and entertain about farms, farming, farmers, and farming issues both local and national. Admission is free, but cash donations are welcome; a nonperishable food item for the Chatham Silent Food Pantry is also accepted. The theme this year is “Food, Glorious Food.” After a post-film discussion, the festival is followed by a “Meet Your Maker” reception at the People’s Pub, 36 Main Street, with snacks featuring local foods (complimentary) and a cash bar. The reception is an opportunity for farmers, filmmakers, and movie goers to mingle. As in the past, the program is a mix of films made by professional and amateur filmmakers who respond to the call for entries; the films were selected by representatives of the sponsoring organizations––the Crandell Theatre, Chatham Agricultural Partnership, and Columbia Land Conservancy.




Food, Glorious Food
Filmmaker: Richard Jung, Nice Shirt Films
2018. 1:00 min.


New York State Grown and Certified
Produced by: Empire State Development for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
2018. 2:00 min.


The Local Feed: Blueberries
The Chatham Berry Farm
Produced by: WMHT
Blueberries are fun to pick and can be found in upstate NY late June into September. Joseph Gilbert and Alexia Baker of The Chatham Berry Farm talk to us about the history of the farm, their pesticide-free practices, their community, and of course, blueberries! 2018. 6:25 min.


A Farmer Discovers Her Roots, One Veggie at a Time
Produced by: Great Big Story
Adopted as a baby from Korea and raised in Long Island, NY, Kristyn Leach grew up on pizza and bagels. But as a young adult, she became fascinated with her birth country’s cuisine—eventually traveling back for the first time since her adoption. There, she spent three weeks meeting with and learning from farmers. The trip didn’t just reconnect Kristyn to her past; it transformed her future. She now practices “natural farming” techniques in Winters, CA, and provides produce to Bay Area restaurant Namu Gaji. 2018. 4:25 min.


A Visit to Abe’s Acres
Filmmaker: Jamie Watson
A profile of Gabriel Siciliano’s first season farming Abe’s Acres in Hightstown, NJ. Gabe practices sustainable agriculture on the farm established by his great-grandfather in 1933. He is committed to being a steward of the land for the next generation. 2018. 14:01 min.


Nut Milking EXPOSED
Produced by: Know Ideas media
Just for fun, a spoof on the idea of “milk” being a product of nuts, not cows. All kidding aside, there are issues around what can be called “milk” for commercial purposes.
2018. 3:16 min.


An Oasis in the Midst of a Food Desert
Produced by: Great Big Story
When Reverend Richard Joyner began to take notice of the increasing number of funerals he was presiding over in rural Conetoe, NC, he knew something needed to be done. Without access to affordable food and produce, the town was considered a food desert. With the help of the community, Reverend Joyner began a local farm to provide residents with fresh fruit and vegetables at an affordable price.
2018. 3:06 min.


The Local Feed: Peaches
Love Apple Farm
Produced by: WMHT
Keith Bogdanovich of Love Apple Farm shares the challenges and pleasures of growing peaches in the Hudson Valley. Keith is the Operations Manager and he oversees the orchards. Love Apple Farm is located in Ghent, NY. 2018. 4:37 min.


Covering Your Ass: Meet Brazil’s Beekeeping Donkey
Produced by: Great Big Story
Manuel Juraci Vieir needed a way to transport the honey he would collect from his beehives on his farm back to his home. His solution? His donkey, Boneco. Outfitted in his very own homemade beekeeping suit, Boneco tags alongside Vieira, helping him carry the honey they gather during their hauls. Working together, the unlikely colleagues and friends are able to harvest more of the sweet stuff than possible with Vieira working alone.
2018. 2:20 min.


Hemp in New York: How Marijuana’s Controversial Cousin Could Benefit Farmers
Filmmaker: Christine Lemczak
Industrial hemp has been pot’s controversial cousin for decades. But in recent years, the stigma around the world’s most useful plant has started to change and efforts to decriminalize hemp growing are increasing.
2018. 4:43 min.


Bog Turtle
Filmmaker: Jonathan Doster
This documentary (in progress) tells the story of how hands-on conservation of NY state-endangered, federally-protected species was embraced by farmers and other private landowners. Some dairy farmers are benefiting financially from stewarding their land for North America’s smallest turtle. Interviews and intimate Bog Turtle field footage provide insight into the uniqueness of this species and its habitat. 2019. 5:39 min.


Bronx Students Harvest in Upstate NY
Filmmakers: PS 32 5th grade students with The Media Spot
Students planted butternut squash seeds in the PS 32 Children’s Garden with Commissioner, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Richard “RB” Ball, who took the planters to Schoharie Valley Farms and planted them. In September a group of kids took a charter bus up to the farm to harvest their squash! Rotating groups of students working with The Media Spot filmed the action and interviewed Richard and each other. Now they are using writing combined with video editing to tell their story and create educational videos to help the PS 32 Children’s Garden continue to grow. 2018. 4:28 min.


Food Evolution
Filmmaker: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
The world faces the challenge of feeding an estimated population of nine billion people in 2050. This issue needs to be considered from a thoughtful, global perspective.


Amid a brutally polarized debate marked by passion, suspicion, and confusion, Food Evolution looks at one of the most critical questions facing the world today—that of food security—and demonstrates the desperate need for common sense, solid information, and calm logical deliberation. Using the often angry and emotional controversy over genetically-modified foods as its entry point, the film shows how easily fear and misinformation can overwhelm objective, evidence-based analysis. The film takes the position that science and scientists hold the key to solving the food crisis.


Food Evolution is narrated by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. The film premiered at the NYC DOC film festival in November 2016 and has been screened at a number of film festivals in the U.S. and Europe since that time. 2016. 52:00 min.


Join Us For These Special Events Following the Films


After the final screening, remain seated for a discussion with filmmakers and farmers. Following the discussion, join us at The People’s Pub for our Meet Your Maker reception.


Post Film Discussion at the Crandell Theatre With Filmmakers and Farmers Following the Farm Film Fest Screening



Daniel Franck, Ph.D. Dan is a botanist who received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has 35 years of experience in the development of science materials and is currently Director of Science Curriculum at the Core Knowledge Foundation.


Discussion participants:


Eric Ooms, A. Ooms and Sons Dairy Farm; Vice-President, NYS Farm Bureau; founding member of the Chatham Agricultural Partnership; 19th Congressional District Agriculture Advisory Committee.


Peter Paden, Executive Director, Columbia Land Conservancy; environmental and land use expert.


Will Yandik, Green Acres Farm, owned and operated by four generations of the Yandik family continuously since 1915. Director of Philanthropy, National Young Farmers Coalition; Vice-President, Columbia County Farm Bureau; Deputy Supervisor, Town of Livingston.


Meet Your Maker Reception at the People's Pub, 36 Main Street
Following the Post Film Discussion
Farmers, filmmakers and movie goers, please join us. Enjoy complimentary snacks featuring local foods as well as a cash bar, and mingle with your neighbors.







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