On Sunday we packed up early and headed to “the beach” for the Blue Planet Film Festival. Sunday was day three of a four day film fest over the Labor Day holiday.
On tap for “Land Day” were gardening films (that included the inspiring Homegrown Revolution), clay pot irrigation & soil block demos, free veggies plants, urban homesteading workshop, city chickens and more.
The Blue Planet Film Fest combines short and long films about the environment and animal welfare with a farmers market.
By Carla Hall
Under a large shade umbrella in a Santa Monica courtyard, Lucie and Estella nibbled on cherry tomatoes and greeted moviegoers at a film festival screening Sunday morning.
As film festival guests go, they were unusual — they’re chickens.
Even for chickens, they are exotic — Belgian bearded d’Uccles. Lucie is a deep orange hue speckled with black and white. Estella is black and white. And as befits a turn in the spotlight at a film festival, their feathered feet gave the appearance that they were shod in elaborate pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes.
….The chickens were brought by members of the Dervaes family, whose highly praised urban farming enterprise was documented in “Homegrown Revolution,” which also was screened at the festival.
“These guys are hand-raised and tame,” said Jordanne Dervaes, 24, of the chickens she keeps on her family’s farm, which produces 6,000 pounds of vegetables and fruits annually on a 10th of an acre in Pasadena. “They know their names. They come when I call.” Filmgoers asked her questions as they petted the birds.
Nearly 50 people turned up to hear Jules Dervaes break down the 10 Elements of our Urban Homestead that was followed by a Q&A session. In between films and petting the chickens attendees got to take home a free basket or pot full of veggies to start their own homegrown revolution.
It was quite a day!
Oh and if you missed Homegrown Revolution they are screening it again today (Monday)
Check Blue Planet Film Festival site for screening times and $1 from each ticket benefits the gardeners
A huge THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers who helped “man” the tables!