What's Organic About Organic?
USA, 2010, 59 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Health and Medicine, Nature
Special Presentation Monday, April 11th at 7pm at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax
Director Shelley Rogers IN-PERSON!
Digital presentation - Organic farming has evolved from a grassroots movement into a multi-billion dollar international industry. As a result, people are asking: Is there still a difference between organic and industrial agriculture? Can farmers and environmental activists maintain a high environmental standard with rapid market expansion? What might a sustainable food system look like?
While many people readily endorse all things “organic,” What’s Organic About Organic? takes the discussion beyond “eco-label shopping.” Through the stories of farmers who steward land from Harlem to the foothills of the Rockies, from upstate New York to Florida, the film reveals what's at stake in creating and maintaining meaningful standards for organic production to protect citizen interests, the environment, and the livelihoods of family farmers.
About Director Shelley Rogers:
Shelley Rogers grew up in rural East Tennessee. Shelley has a Master’s degree in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Smith College. She has worked as a freelance Assistant Director/Assistant Camera on several independent film productions in New York City and has served as a production intern at the Media Education Foundation and in GOOD Magazine’s web video department. “What’s ‘Organic’ About Organic?” was inspired by Shelley’s study with seasoned documentary filmmakers, George Stoney and Lora Hays, along with her interest in food politics, public health, and environmental stewardship. She believes it is our social responsibility as citizens in a democracy to stand up for our right to live in a healthy environment and have access to diverse, independent media. She maintains an urban agricultural existence in NYC by growing vegetables on her fire escape and composting her kitchen scraps.
DIRECTOR: Shelley Rogers
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