Archive for the ‘film’ Category

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold, June 15

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

greenfireposter.jpg“…the oldest task in human history is to live on a piece of land without spoiling it.”  — Aldo Leopold

Author of A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold is the subject of the documentary Green Fire, to be shown at Red River Theatre in Concord, June 15–19. The Wednesday, June 15th showing will be on Red River’s big screen, with a post film discussion led by Peter Forbes, Dick Ober and the poet Sharon Olds:


Green FIre: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

Red River Theatres

11 S. Main St., Concord, NH

Wednesday, June 15, 7 p.m. with a post-film Q&A; June 16–19, 7 p.m.


The first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land. Join us on June 15 for a post-film panel discussion with Peter Forbes, Co-Founder of the Center for Whole Communities, Dick Ober, President, NH Charitable Foundation and Sharon Olds, poet.


Presented by: Northwood Area Land Management Coalition, The Leopold Foundation, The Community Forest Collaborative & The Trust for Public Lands, NH Project Learning Tree, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, The Nature Conservancy, New Hampshire Audubon, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, Northern Forest Center, Peter Lamb, and Marcy Lyman.


Tickets: June 15, 7 p.m., all tickets $9; June 16-19 in the Screening Room, all tickets $5.


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Film: “Meet Your Farmer”, June 5

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

43.jpgThree local land trusts have joined together to host a free screening of “Meet Your Farmer” at York Public Library on Sunday, June 5th at 7 p.m. In addition to the screening, the program includes a discussion with local guest farmers, and free popcorn!


Film: “Meet Your Farmer”

Gateway to Maine: Outside

York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd, York, ME

Sunday, June 5, 2011

7 p.m.

Free and open to the public


“I think everyone really wants to be a farmer,” says Aaron Bell in one of the eight short films that is to screen at the York Public Library on Sunday, June 5th, at 7 p.m. Bell represents the 8th generation of his family working Tide Mill Farm in Edmunds.  “Meet Your Farmer” commissioned by Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) features eight short films showing some of the challenges and opportunities facing Maine farms. The films offer a glimpse at many different types of farms in the state, from Aroostook to York County, from potatoes to dairy, from large commercial operations to small farms that sell directly to local people.


Hosted by Great Works RegionalKittery and York Land Trusts, as part of the Gateway to Maine: Outside public programs collaborative, the program will feature the film screening and remarks from York farmers, John and Abe Zacharias from Zach’s Farm and Margot Simonds and Robert Munn from Rumsey Farm. This event is free event is free and open to the public. No advanced registration is required.


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Screening: “Queen of the Sun”, May 25

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

11_05_qots_event.jpgIn his latest Pest Report for MOFGA, Eric Sideman is worried and now I am too. One of the results of this spring’s wet and cold conditions has “the fruit trees blossoming with no bees out of their nests….” Find out more about these essential pollinators at this week’s screening of Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, on Wednesday, May 25th. If you’re interested in learning more about beekeeping, a list of resources is included below.


Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?

The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 7 p.m.


A profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. Followed by a panel-discussion featuring members of, and presented in association with, the Seacoast Beekeepers Association.


For more information and online tickets:


Resources for Beekeeping:

• Beginning Beekeeping (1 day workshop), Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group, June 26th:

• Seacoast Beekeepers

• Pawtuckaway Beekeepers’

• York County Beekeepers Association

• Bee Pride (beekeeping supplies), Lebanon, ME:

Whaleback Environmental Film & Art Festival, May 13–15

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

gif.gifTimed to run concurrently with the Portsmouth Sustainability Fair, the Whaleback Environmental Film & Art Festival makes its debut this coming weekend. Of special interest is the screening of  “The Anderson Farm” and “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time” at the Friday Launch Party:


Whaleback Environmental Film & Art Festival

Friday Launch Party & Screenings

The Portsmouth Gas Light Co., 3rd floor club

64 Market St, Portsmouth, NH

May 13th, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Screenings begin at 6:30 p.m.

Suggested donation: $12 / person


Light appetizers, cash bar — unwind after work and celebrate the launch of Portsmouth’s first environmental film and art festival!


The Anderson Farm 

A heartwarming profile of Richard Anderson and his family farm. The Anderson dairy farm in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts has been in Richard’s family since 1643, but with no heirs interested in farming, he and his brother Lance decided to preserve the land as farmland for future generations. 116 acres of the farm were successfully preserved in early 2010. (Run time: 7 minutes)


Portsmouth filmmaker Jerry Monkman will be on hand for Q&A following the film.


Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time

Aldo Leopold is considered the most important conservationist of the twentieth-century. He was the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management, and ecological restoration. Leopold wrote hundreds of articles for professional journals that continue to inspires us to establish a healthier relationship between people and land, and his book A Sand County Almanac, a classic of nature writing, asks us to see the natural world “as a community to which we belong.”


Green Fire explores Leopold’s personal journey of observation and understanding and reveals how his ideas resonate today with people across the entire American landscape, from inner cities to the most remote wild lands. This visually stunning film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land community. (Run time: 73 minutes)


Whaleback is one of the first screenings of Green Fire on the East Coast, and we’re very proud to be hosting it!


For more information about this and other festival events:

Food+Farm at SPACE Gallery, April 14–17

Monday, April 11th, 2011


Food+Farm, the annual sustainable food event sponsored by SPACE Gallery in Portland, is happening this week, April 14 –17. Events include:

• Of Farms and Fables: A Theatrical Reading, 4/14

• An Evening with Anna Lappe, 4/15

• The Greenhorns Young Farmers’ Mixer, 4/16

• The Greenhorns: Film & Talk with Severine von Tscharner Fleming, 4/16

• Cultivating Community: Wake Up the Farm, 4/16

• Intensive Growing Workshops at Urban Farm Fermentory, 4/17


For more information: 

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, April 22

Monday, April 11th, 2011

11_04_envirofest_event.pngIt’s not too early to buy your tickets for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, taking place the evening of Earth Day, April 22, at The Music Hall co-hosted with the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire. Seacoast Eat Local willl be there as part of the post-film panel discussion!


Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH

Friday, April 22, 2011

7 p.m.

Adults $12, Students & Seniors $10.50


Celebrate Earth Day with an evening of environmental and adventure films. The national Wild and Scenic Film Festival brings together a selection of short films to document the splendor of, and the challenges facing our planet in addition to the work communities are doing to protect our environment. These fun, beautiful, and evocative shorts will inspire, educate, and move you to change the world! A panel of local experts will lead a community discussion and Q&A following the films. In partnership with the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire.


Featured in Portsmouth are nine films that range from humorous to inspiring to challenging. Laugh as you enjoy a mock-u-mentary following a plastic bag on its ‘migration’ from supermarket to its final destination in the Pacific Ocean. Be inspired by the magnificent images captured by international conservation photographers. Learn more about the joys and hardships of farming through the Maine-created film Meet Your Farmer which chronicles four farm families.



• Majestic Plastic Bag

• Story of Bottled Water

• Meet Your Farmer

• Willem and the Whales

• Eagle among the Swarm

• Bike-u-mentary

• Witness

• Incident at Tower 37

• Living the Dream


As the evening is part of The Music Hall’s Wildcard Film series, a panel of local experts will lead a community discussion and Q&A following the films. These films are presented through a partnership between the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, the Music Hall and SYRCL. Local evening sponsors include Coastal Home, Green Rides USA, Northland Forest Products, Philbrick’s Fresh Market, and Pax World Funds.


Buy tickets! Tickets are $12.50 a person and $10.50 for seniors, students and military. To purchase tickets, visit The Music Hall’s Box Office, or order by phone at 603-436-2400 or at (additional service charges apply for phone or web orders). $4 from each ticket sold goes directly to the Southeast Land Trust!

“Two Angry Moms” Screening in Dover, April 14

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

51bxsrnibgl_sl500_aa300_.jpg“It all started with my daughter’s lunch. My husband and I were packing healthy lunches for our kids, only to find that we were being undermined by the school’s offerings of junk food with no nutritional value. It made me angry. So I decided to do something about it. I made a movie.” Come see a free screening of “Two Angry Moms” on Thursday, April 14th at the Dover High School. This community-sponsored event is in effort to teach parents about food choices, and how they affect health and well-being in children as well as adults. The evening’s screening will be accompanied by a post-film panel discussion:


“Two Angry Moms”

Place: Dover High School, 25 Alumni Dr, Dover NH

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011

Time: 6–9 p.m.

Free and open to the public (Intended for an adult audience; parental discretion is advised.)


Dover Public School District will feature the second of a series of food-related movie screenings on Thursday evening, April 14th, 6–9 p.m. at Dover High School. The screening will begin at 6 p.m. with healthful, local snacks by Executive Chef Evan Hennessey of Flavor Concepts; Slow Food Seacoast and Dover high school garden project information tables; and a welcome by Mark Covell, Foodservice Director. A panel of nutrition and sustainability experts will guide discussion after the movie. The screenings are free to the public. For more details about the events, movies, panel of experts and the movement please contact Amy Winans at Information is also available on the Dover school food Nutrition Services site:


Filmmaker and mom, Amy Kalafa of Weston, CT made the movie, “Two Angry Moms”, because she was fed up with her children eating highly processed food filled with additives and preservatives at school. A growing number of kids aren’t getting enough vital nutrients, the kind found only in real, whole food. Children that eat a diet of mostly pizza, chicken nuggets and 100-calorie snack bags for example are not getting the right kind of nutrition for proper growth, academic and athletic performance. Timely, controversial and cutting edge, the film addresses an issue of great concern to parents across the country. What is happening to the health of our children? For more information about “Two Angry Moms”:


Expert Panel Members:

• Joanne Curran Celentano, PhD, is a professor in the Nutritional Sciences Program at UNH. Her expertise in food chemistry and nutrition is shared in the courses she teaches at UNH including Food Science, Nutrition and Wellness, Food and Society and the Science of Cooking. She was involved in the creation of the Dual Major in EcoGastronomy at UNH and works with the visiting students from University of Gastronomic Sciences each summer. Her research interests include the role of plant-based diet in health with a focus on plant pigments and phytonutrients. Understanding the current food system and reestablishing a sensible, sustainable and health supporting diet is a major focus of her teaching and scholarship.


• Mark Covell, Dover Foodservice Director


• Heather Fabbri has been teaching in the Horticulture & Aquaculture programs at Dover High School & Career Technical Center for four years. Prior to that, she taught biology in Texas and Oregon for eleven years. Over the past four years, she has worked to transform the program into a food-based curriculum with an emphasis on sustainable practices. Through trial and error, students have kept a small garden, and learned to grow lettuce, swiss chard, basil, and parsley throughout the year in the program’s greenhouse. Most of the produce grown has been sold to the in-house Culinary Arts program or to staff and students. This spring, Mrs. Fabbri’s students are installing a much larger garden for the purpose of supplying the school lunch program with fresh produce throughout the spring and fall months. During the school year, the garden will be cared for by students enrolled in the Horticulture program. During the summer months, Mrs. Fabbri hopes to involves members of the community in the care of the garden. If you are interested in helping with the garden this summer, a sign-up sheet is available this evening!


Students will also be available for comment. A brief presentation will be given by UNH Nutritional Science students sharing the latest about their work on the farmer/chef in schools project.


To assist with the Dover garden project, the high school tech horticulture program is seeking donations or funding for the following: digital programmable water timer, 7 harvest tubs or baskets, a combination bike lock for use on the gate this summer, 8 cubic yards of wood chips, twine, and cash (for compost, last season’s hay for mulching, and metal conduit for tresllising climbing crops such as pole beans and cucumbers). More information will be available at the screening.

Seacoast Food Stories: Harrison’s Poultry Farm

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

One of the best things about eating locally in the Seacoast is getting to know the producers. Whether it’s at the farmers’ market, farmstand or on the farm itself, we find ourselves more often than not talking directly to the person who grows or raises our food. These relationships and community bonds have only deepened as the seasons go by. In celebration of our expanding local food community, we’re introducing a series of short video profiles. We hope to show the diversity of local food, the people that produce it, and some of the stories that go with them.


Our first profile takes us to Harrison’s Poultry Farm in Candia, NH, where we met up with farmer Frank Harrison. This  small-scale, wooded farm is surrounded on three sides by conservation lands, with gentle slopes and old stone walls leading in all directions. Here Frank raises a diversified collection of animals — pigs, rabbits, goats and, of course, poultry — including heritage chicken, ducks, geese, turkeys, and guinea fowl. In addition to offering eggs and meat, the farm also produces honey and maple syrup. We caught up with Frank in early spring, when the farm is open to visitors during NH Maple Sugar Weekend.




Seacoast Food Stories: Harrison’s Poultry Farm from Seacoast Eat Local on Vimeo.


For more information on Harrison’s Poultry Farm, please visit 

Greenhorns Young Farmers Mixer, March 19

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

nh_mixer_319.jpgThe Greenhorns are coming to the Seacoast with a pizza makin’, feet shakin’, sauna bakin’ Young Farmers Mixer!


Greenhorns Young Farmers Mixer

Place: Wild Miller Gardens at Tuckaway Farm

11 Randall Road, Lee, NH

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2011

Time: 7 – 10 p.m.

RSVP Requested:


Young farmers and the young-at-heart are all invited to the Greenhorns Young Farmers Mixer at Wild Miller Gardens at Tuckaway Farm in Lee, NH on Saturday, March 19th, from 7 to 10 p.m. Flatbread Pizza is bringing their mobile pizza oven, Throwback Brewery is providing locally-produced beer, and Old Time Dave Talmage will be filling the air with his musical talents — bring your own instruments along and join in the fun!


The Greenhorns is a grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and their many collaborators, with a mission to recruit, promote and support the new generation of farmers. After founding the Greenhorns, Severine von Tschamer Fleming began filming young farmers with friends from “King Corn” and other fellow documentarians. Severine will be introducing a screening of “The Greenhorns” film during the NOFA-NH Winter Conference, with the Young Farmers Mixer following later in the day. For more details about programming for beginner farmers at the Winter Conference, and other information:


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“Food, Inc.” Screening in Dover, March 10

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

511ehmnabcl_sl500_aa300_.jpgThursday’s free screening of “Food, Inc.” in Dover is the first of two film-related events hosted by the Dover Public School District. The second, featuring “Two Angry Moms” is scheduled for April 14th, with a post-film discussion to follow both screenings. This is a community-sponsored effort to teach parents about food choices, and how they affect health and well-being in children as well as adults. From the organizers, some of the evening’s highlights:


Food, Inc.

Place: Dover High School, 25 Alumni Drive, Dover, NH

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Free and open to the public.


Chef Evan Hennessey will provide snacks during a pre-movie reception 6-6:20 p.m. He will provide healthful, local options. He is a graduate of Dover public schools and he resides in Dover with his family. Below is information about Evan.


Executive Chef Evan M. Hennessey started Flavor Concepts with a vision of creating the area’s finest catering service. Our mission is to provide clients with a comfortable and unique dining experience in the privacy of their own homes. The company is family owned by Chef Hennessey and his brother, Jared.


Chef Hennessey is an acclaimed local Chef that graduated from Le Cordon Bleu at the Atlantic Culinary Academy in 2001. He has since worked side by side with Chef Charlie Palmer at New York City’s Aureole , Chef Grant Achatz at Trio in Chicago, Andrew Carmellini at Cafe Boulud, Thomas Rice and Ken Oringer at Clio, and Eli Kaimeh and Thomas Keller at Per Se. Evan has worked as the Executive Chef of 43 Degrees North, and The Dunaway Restaurant, as well as Chef de Partie of the 100 Club, all in Portsmouth, NH. Chef Hennessey is trained in classical French techniques and methods. Recently Chef Hennessey has been mentioned in several newspaper articles for such intriguing culinary manipulations as ‘foams,’ ‘airs,’ flavored ‘caviar,’ ‘spherification,’ and ‘powders.’ These concoctions stem from Chef Hennessey’s knowledge of molecular gastronomy, the science of food and cooking.


After the movie, a 20 minute panel discussion will take place with a 10-15 minute Q&A session to follow. The panel members are:


Dr. Joanne Burke: Dr. Burke is the Director of the Dietetic Internship Program, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, and a Faculty Fellow in Sustainability at the University of New Hampshire. Recent research projects have included looking at food costs and healthy eating as well as collaborating on research that investigates the challenges of those directly experiencing food insecurity.


Mark Covell: Director of Foodservice for Dover Public School District.


Evan Hennessey: Chef Hennessey is very active in the local food industry, giving many demonstrations and talks at various locations such as culinary schools, farmer’s markets, and food & wine retailers. He is also a proud member of Chef’s Collaborative, a non-profit organization aimed and bringing farmers and chefs together in order to revive heirloom vegetables, meats and dairy as well as spread the education of sustainable agriculture. He focuses on supporting local farms through use of their products in his cooking. He also participates in cooking events such as the Taste of the Nation and Hampton’s Seafood Festival.


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