Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, Wine

PORTRAIT OF A WINEMAKER: JOHN WILLIAMS OF FROG’S LEAP (USA, 2010, 15 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere John Williams opens his farm in Rutherford, California, where winemaking is intimately linked to soil. The deep connection between healthy soils, healthy plants, a wide variety of nutrients and the intensity of flavor is explored in this intimate portrait film, along with the different methods used in organic and more traditional winemaking. Written, produced and directed by Deborah Koons Garcia.

CORNER PLOT (USA, 2010, 10 min.) Amid the tangle of commuter traffic, shopping malls and office buildings that define life inside the Capital Beltway rests a one-acre piece of farmland under the care of 89-year-old Charlie Koiner. With the help of his only daughter, Charlie continues to work his land, share his produce and enjoy the farm life he’s always known. Corner Plot explores one man’s steadfast authenticity in a changing world. Directed by Ian Cook and Andre Dahlman.

AMERICA’S SUSTAINABLE GARDEN: UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN (USA, 2011, 15 min.) World Premiere The United States Botanic Garden, at the foot of the U.S. Capitol, is a living plant museum that helps people understand that plants are not optional, but are fundamental to our society and our existence. Amidst all the beauty in this film is the overriding, critical message of sustainability. Directed by Joan D. Murray. Produced by Sandy Cannon-Brown and Andrea Bloom.

OUT TO PASTURE: THE FUTURE OF FARMING? (USA, 2010, 35 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere Almost all of the animals we eat in this country are raised in so-called “confinement” operations – indoor facilities that house thousands of chickens, cows or hogs. Considering that humans have raised domesticated animals for thousands of years, this style of production is a new experiment. There are rising concerns about the impact of industrial farming on our health, the environment, local communities and the welfare of the animals. This is the story of farmers who raise animals outdoors, in diversified operations. Some would call them backward, but these farmers believe they are on the cutting edge of animal agriculture. The film focuses on industrial animal food operations and several alternative animal-farming systems, looking at chicken farms in the Eastern Shore of Maryland, dairy farms in northern Pennsylvania and hog farms in central North Carolina. Directed by Allen Moore. Produced by the Center for a Livable Future and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Program welcome by Kathy Sweeney-Hammond, Academic Affairs Director, Maret School. Introduced by Andrea Meditch, Chair, Development Committee, Maret School. Discussion with Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming? filmmaker Allen Moore and his student film crew follows program.

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