We have some pretty exciting news. PTF’s production of Homegrown Revolution will be a part of the 7th Annual Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival being held in Nevada City, CA on January 9-11, 2009.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is one of the largest on the West Coast, screening such eco-documentaries as Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour and more!
Tell your friends, family and anyone else the exciting news. You can help us by spreading the word. It’s not often that we leave the urban homestead. (We especially can’t turn down an all expenses paid trip!)
How It All Came About
A few months ago, we got an email out of the blue from one of the W&S organizers saying that they would like to show HGR at the film festival. Yeah, they asked us! What a complete surprise and honor. I mean, who would have thought, we didn’t even submit the film for their review.
What’s even more exciting is that we get to display this nifty little garland logo with the film!
The W&S organizer was forwarded this YouTube clip by a friend of hers, and she said in the email:
Hi Jules – a friend recently forwarded me your website and short film about your homestead – loved it! I would be honored to screen the film at the festival Jan. 9-11, 2009. We’re the largest enviro film fest in the US. And of course if you can make it, we’d love to have you here to speak about it.
Not only will the video be shown, but Farmer D will be giving a talk/workshop!
We would have NEVER thought to enter our little short into such prestigious film festival, or any film festival for that matter. The woman who took time to share this video with another shows that one person can make a difference. One person has the power to change lives.
Since the film festival is in the dead of winter and nearby, we’ll be heading up to Grass Valley, Nevada City come January 9-11.
It’s been many, many years since we had any sort of “vacation”–not sure if this would be classified as one? Oh, and if any of our wonderful PTF readers will be attending, please let us know so we can get a chance to meet ya!
The Work Begins
We are freaking out a bit. Well, actually a lot. You see, this short film was done last year at the spur of the moment (3 days to be exact) for a presentation that Farmer D was giving at UCLA. In fact, Farmer D and this short clip preceded a talk by Michael Pollan.
So why should we be freaking out? Well, there are quite a few news clips and other footage that are not ours. Since we weren’t selling it and only using it for educational purposes, it wasn’t such a big issue. But now we have to rework and reshoot the scenes and fix the sound.
So on top of everything else, we are going to be busy working on a new film-festival-worthy version of Homegrown Revolution.
Could I have a paper bag please, getting a little hyperventilated here. When it rains it pours, right?
And, though, sometimes clouds hide the sun, there are always a few rays of hope to light our way.
See you along the path!
Homegrown Revolution was done in house by PTF for educational and promotional purposes, while HOMEGROWN is a bonafide documentary meant for the big screen and possibly TV. Unlike Homegrown Revolution PTF has absolutely NO control over HOMEGROWN’s distribution. It’s solely in the hands of the producer.
Now, the 52 min long documentary, HOMEGROWN, does have some exciting screening news of its own which I will be posting shortly. ]