Castle Theatre to host new film on the evolution of organic agriculture
Filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green Fire) brings his new film EVOLUTION of ORGANIC to the Castle Theatre on Monday, July 23 at 8 p.m.
This film tells the story of organic agriculture, in the words of 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. It’s the most popular and successful outgrowth of the environmental impulse of the last 50 years.
EVOLUTION of ORGANICis 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 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.
Actress Frances McDormand narrates the film, with a score by Gary Malkin and Dan Alvarez.
“The film premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and has played in Courtenay, Nanaimo and Sooke, BC,” said creator Mark Kitchell. “This is the film’s first interior BC show. We are very excited to be playing one of the centers of organic agriculture.”