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Take It Slow

A few films contrasting local versus industrial food production.

Film Showings

Check out Film and Audio's Sustainable September film series on Saturday, September 12, 3-5 PM (Ladies of the Land), Thursday, September 17, 6-7:30 PM (Slow Food Revolution), and Saturday, September 26, 3-5 PM (Gimme Green).

 

Films

American Farm
DVD S521.5.N7 A442 2007x
In a little town in upstate New York, a close-knit family struggles to hold onto a small dairy farm. At the center of this story is Langdon "Lanny" Ames, the fifth generation to work this land. Lanny is faced with an uncertain future when all of his children turn away from the family tradition to build new lives elsewhere.
 
The Future of Food
DVD TP248.65.F66 F8826 2004x
An examination of the growing prevalence of unlabeled genetically-modified foods and the complex web of market and political forces involved, as well as an exploration of organic and sustainable agriculture as alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture. Watch the trailer.
 
Good Food, Good Business: New Connections for Farms and Markets
DVD HD9005.G663 2006x
A discussion of the economic and social benefits of connecting regional agriculture with new markets and consumers. Emphasizes the necessity that consumers be provided information concerning the provenance of the food they eat, including the many steps between the farm and the table.
 
Grange Fair
DVD S555.P372 C457 2008x
Visit the Centre County Grange Fair in Pennsylvania, where farming families have come together every August since 1874 to learn new things pertaining to agriculture and to socialize with one another.
 
King Corn
DVD HD9049.C8 U16585 2007x
Two friends embark on an experiment to grow a bumper crop of corn on an acre of land in Greene, Iowa. Following the harvest, they investigate what becomes of their crop, only to be enlightened to some unsettling facts concerning the economics of corn and the nutritional aspects of corn products. Watch the trailer.
 
Ladies of the Land
DVD HD6077.2.U6 L33 2008x
Ladies of the Land tells the story of four women, several from Pennsylvania, who never dreamed of being farmers, but discovered a love for agriculture. Watch the trailer.
 
Our Daily Bread
DVD SF140.L58 O97 2009x
A visual essay on factory mechanization employed in modern industrial food production.
 
Slow Food Revolution
DVD TX731.S62 2005x
Travel to Italy, Mexico and Australia to learn about the origins and development of the international eco-gastronomic movement known as the slow food movement.
 
Sustainability in the 21st Century
DVD HC79.E5 S866565 2008x
Especially geared towards young adults, this documentary explores some of the challenges and successes of sustainability, including a section on sustainable agriculture.
 
The World According to Monsanto
DVD HD9482.U64 M66 2008x
Monsanto has become the world leader in genetically-modified organisms, as well as one of the most controversial corporations in industrial history. Today, Monsanto has reinvented itself as a "life sciences" company converted to the virtues of sustainable development, but is it really? Watch the trailer.