Farm films: pass the (local) popcorn

Two farm-focused films are in the news. First, the long-awaited documentary about young farmers, “The Greenhorns,” premiered in Brooklyn this summer and will being shown in at least one  community screenings in North Carolina, on Sept. 18 in Chatham County. All details here. The Greenhorns is also a nonprofit group, and its founder and director, Severine von Tscharner Fleming, will be at the Chatham screening.

Here’s a brief description of film: “The Greenhorns” documents America’s young farmers, or greenhorns, reinventing and reinstituting our country’s broken food system, their individual stories of living and working on the land revealing a patchwork social movement of fierce, fresh, and savvy agrarians.

Here’s info on the Sept. 18 showing: The Greenhorns Film Night presented by Chatham County Cooperative Extension and the CCCC Sustainable Agriculture Program will be from 6 to 9 at the Silk Hope Farm Heritage Center in Silk Hope. Participants will enjoy a local dinner, view the documentary, then hear from a panel of young local farmers. Registration required

Also, a cool film project is in the making here in NC, specifically in Black Mountain. “The Farmers’ Film,” a video that examines the logistics and economics of farming in Western North Carolina is being filmed by four farmers while they’re working the fields and the markets. Producers are multimedia journalists John and Cinnamon Kennedy, who I met at the Black Mountain Tailgate Market in July. I’m looking forward to seeing the end result. I told them the Triangle would be a great place for the sequel!

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