IN PERSON: Filmmaker Mark Kitchell & Warren Weber, Star Route Farm; Wendy Johnson, Green Gulch Farm; John Wick, Marin Carbon Project
Mark Kitchell’s new documentary tells the story of organic agriculture, tracking its arc from alternative origins to mainstream triumph. Begun by an assortment of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters who rejected chemical farming, the movement has broadened into both an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture. Narrated by Frances McDormand and told by those who built the movement, it’s a collective portrait that recounts a fascinating history, but also explores the next generation expanding organic farming and carbon farming as a solution to climate change. Panel discussion follows the screening. Writer/Producer/Director: Mark Kitchell. (US 2018) 86 min. plus discussion.