Sustainable cinema features sustainable ag 9/28

September 21, 2010 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment

ChathamArts’ Sustainable Cinema series will feature an evening of local documentaries about sustainable agriculture, Tuesday September 28 at 7 pm in the Barn at Fearrington Village, eight miles south of Chapel Hill.

North Carolina filmmaker Matthew Barr presents Hungry for Green, one of the first films to link issues of agricultural sustainability and worldwide hunger. The 30-minute documentary, narrated by former U.S. Senator George McGovern, underscores what farmers and consumers can do to influence how food is produced in the U.S. and around the world.

Ken Burns called Hungry for Green “an important film that underscores the urgency of achieving agriculture sustainability to help alleviate hunger and protect our natural environment.”

The evening also features several short films on sustainable farming, building and energy, produced by students of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University:

  • Backyard Bounty by Diana Monroe and Martha J. Moore. Bountiful Backyards is laying the groundwork for Two Ton Farm, an urban minifarm cooperative that will produce literally tons of fresh produce for the neighboring community.
  • Green McDonald’s Guy, by Brooke Shuman and Maura Tourian. One of only three “green” McDonald’s restaurants nationwide opened in Cary in 2009. Franchisee Ric Richards describes its surprisingly long list of eco-friendly design features.
  • Watch Me Grow, by April Simon and Sara Washington. The Watch Me Grow program introduces kids as young as three to gardening, to engage their senses and to encourage them to eat more fresh produce.

A panel discussion follows with filmmaker Matthew Barr and local sustainable farming advocates. Admission $5 at door.

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