ONE NIGHT ONLY – WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 AT 7:00 PM
EVOLUTION OF ORGANIC
Documentary/History/News – 2018 – USA – 85 Minutes – Bullfrog Films – Unrated
Evolution of Organic brings us the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters reject chemical farming and set out to explore organic alternatives. It’s a heartfelt journey of change from a small band of rebels to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food. By now organic has gone mainstream – split into an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people, and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture.
Evolution of Organic is not just a history, but looks to exciting and important futures:
• The next generation who are broadening organic into no-till and urban farms; Latino growers and eco-fashion; even raising salmon in flooded rice fields
• Carbon farming as a solution to climate change, taking carbon dioxide out of the air and putting it in the ground where it belongs – “the best news on the planet”
• What lies “beyond organic,” from soil microbiology as the new frontier to visions of a regenerative agriculture that restores everything from the ecosphere to the human spirit. As Bu Nygrens says laughing, “Inevitable Vegetable!”
Evolution of Organic is narrated by Frances McDormand. Music was composed by Gary Malkin and Dan Alvarez, with songs by The Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Mallett, Country Joe & The Fish, and David Gans. The interviews were filmed by the great Vicente Franco and there are ninety-six sources of archival film and photos that bring back the times in all their immediacy and passion. Robert Dalva edited the film with artistic and technical mastery. Mark Kitchell directed, wrote and produced. He is best known for Berkeley in the Sixties, which was nominated for an Academy Award, won top honors and has become a well-loved classic. More recently he made A Fierce Green Fire, an acclaimed exploration of environmental activism from conservation to climate change.
The film is divided into four “acts”.
Act I: Origins – Looks at the beginning of the organic movement in California when the 60s counter-culture moved back to the land.
Act 2: Building Organic – Follows the development of increasingly effective organic farming techniques concentrating on the soil and the microbial life within it.
Act 3: Mainstreaming Organic – Organic booms, growing 20% annually for two decades.
Act 4: Organic Futures – The next generation of organic farmers as well as carbon farming and sequestering carbon dioxide hold out great hope for combating climate change.
After the screening there will be a panel discussion with:
Filmmaker Mark Kitchell
Lisa Arkin of Beyond Toxics, about their new project Non-Toxic Oregon and managing public lands with Organic Land Care.
David Lively of Organically Grown Company, on Oregon’s leading role in organics, past and present.
Marissa Zarate, Executive Director of Huerto de la Familia – a Lane County organic garden project for Latino and indigenous farmers.
All ticket sales will benefit Beyond Toxics’ Non-Toxic Oregon Project.
ONE NIGHT ONLY – WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 AT 6:00 PM