Feature Films at Dig In! 2013

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 | Comments Off

Dig In! strives to have food and farming movies that teach and inspire in addition to a class lineup to help you put that inspiration into practice . This year is no exception! We hope you will find ideas to inspire you toward supporting local food and farms for many reasons.  Here’s the lineup of feature films to be shown at Dig In! 2013. Feature films are by donation (suggested $5/film). Better yet, they are included included in most supporter passes, which help make the festival happen. Check out this year’s features! Click the titles to view trailers.

Thursday, February 28: Festival Starters

 4:00-5:15 p.m. What’s on Your Plate - a fun-filled movie about where food comes from. The film follows two eleven-year-old city kids as they talk to food activists, farmers, new friends, storekeepers, their families, and the viewer, in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates. This movie is free, donations accepted and open to the public – families welcome!

 7:00 p.m.  Truck Farm  (48 minutes) - A simple concept with a big impact, Truck Farm is a mini-farm planted in the back of a 1986 Dodge pickup truck. Traveling and edible, the truck is a rural experience brought to urban New York City. With fresh produce delivered periodically around the neighborhood, Truck Farm teaches an imperative lesson about the importance and accessibility of urban agriculture.

7:55 Fresh (72 minutes) – This classic is a must-see to understand WHY local and organic food matter so much. Fresh presents the problems we face, but also celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Friday,  March 1: Farmer Friday:  FESTIVAL PREMIERE NIGHT


7:00 pm Eating Alabama (63 minutes)  - In search of a simpler life, a young couple returns home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did – locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agro-industrial gastronomical complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since farmers once populated their family histories. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and sustainability, “Eating Alabama” is a story about why food matters. This award-winner is a true highlight of Dig In! 2013.

8:15  To Make a Farm (74 min)* – This one won the hearts of of all who previewed it. Named one of the ten most popular Canadian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival, To Make A Farm asks: what might the future of local food and farming look like? This beautifully photographed documentary explores of the lives of five young people who have decided to become small-scale farmers. VIFF calls To Make A Farm “exceptionally hopeful, giving us a close-range view of humanity along with a detailed portrayal of the nuts and bolts of agriculture.” Don’t miss this one!!

Saturday, March 2: Make a Difference Night

6:30 pm King Corn (90 min) – Another classic.  King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.

8:10 Big River (27 min) – Following up on their Peabody Award-winning documentary KING CORN, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis have returned to Iowa with a new mission: to investigate the environmental impact their acre of corn has had on the people and places downstream. In a journey that spans from the heartland to the Gulf of Mexico, Ian and Curt trade their combine for a canoe, and set out to see the big world their little acre of corn has touched. On their trip, flashbacks to the pesticides they sprayed, the fertilizers they injected, and the soil they plowed now lead to new questions, explored by new experts in new places. Half of Iowa’s topsoil, they learn, has been washed out to sea. Fertilizer runoff has spawned a hypoxic ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf. And back at their acre, the herbicides they used are blamed for a cancer cluster that reaches all too close to home. A lively investigation and a worthy follow-up, BIG RIVER grows to ask is industrial agriculture worth its hidden costs?

8:40 Homegrown Revolution(14 min) – We’ll close with a challenge: What is YOUR homegrown revolution? For this family, in the midst of densely urban downtown Pasadena, radical change is taking root. For over twenty years, they been transforming their home into an urban homestead.They harvest three tons of organic food annually from their 1/10 acre garden, while incorporating back-to-basics practices, solar energy and biodiesel. You don’t have to go this crazy…but you could if you wanted to!


So plan to join us for films, classes and more at Dig In! Feb 28-Mar 2, 2013 in Fayetteville. Most of all: please spread the word and tell your friends! Check out the festival schedule overview too. Join us on facebook at:  www.facebook.com/Dig.In.NWA

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