June: Super Size Me

June 13, 2017

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald’s food for one month. Morgan Spurlock’s first film, Super Size Me, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, winning Best Directing honors. The film went on to win the inaugural Writers Guild of America best documentary screenplay award as well as garner an Academy Award nomination for best feature documentary.

July: El Remolino/The Swirl

July 11, 2017

Pedro is a farmer who defends his identity and his dreams; his sister Esther strives for a better future for her daughter as she shares her world through the lens of her small camera. They live in El Remolino, a tiny riverside community in Chiapas, Mexico, which is affected by strong floods every year. To them, life is like a swirl that spins them across the journey of their internal cycles and of the greater natural cycle of the river.

August: Portrait of a Garden

August 10, 2017

The oldest and most beautiful “kitchen garden” in the Netherlands, owned by Daan van der Have who cares for it with 85-year-old pruning master Jan Freriks, belongs to an estate that dates backs to 1630. Rosie Stapel’s debut feature records their passionate oversight of the vegetables and flowering trees to which they are devoted. The two are marvelous company, whether shaping a black mulberry, debating the proper care for garlic, fennel, spring green cabbage, beetroot or Japanese wine berry, or contemplating their 15-year wait for pear trees to grow. Their connoisseurship, knowledge, and exacting care, bear beautiful fruit – and an elegant, meditative film.

September: Fresh

September 12, 2017

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

October: Juliette of the Herbs

October 10, 2017

JULIETTE OF THE HERBS is a beautifully filmed lyrical portrait of the life and work of Juliette de Bairacli Levy, world renowned herbalist, author, breeder of Afghan hounds, friend of the Gypsies, traveller in search of herbal wisdom and the pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine. For more than 60 years Juliette lived with the Gypsies, nomads and peasants of the world, learning the healing arts from these peoples who live close to nature. Juliette’s well-loved and now classic herbals for animals and for children have been a vital inspiration for the present day herbal renaissance and holistic animal care community. Juliette’s extraordinary life story is as colorful and as exciting as her tremendous wealth of herbal knowledge. Filmed on location with Juliette and her Afghan hound in Greece, Spain, France, Portugal, Switzerland, England and America and interwoven with Juliette’s vast collection of archival photographs, together with scenes of Gypsies dancing and Bedouins with their herds, JULIETTE OF THE HERBS is an inspiring portrait of a remarkable healer.

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