The Nolan family feels we’d all be better off knowing where our food is coming from and they can take you through the process, from grass to cheese.
From Grass to Cheese is a feature documentary that chronicles the ups and downs of a family-run dairy farm in Ohio during it’s first year of cheese production. From Grass to Cheese will tell the story of Nick and Celeste Nolan, their five children, and what it’s like to start up a family farm in the age of industrial agriculture.
The Nolan family’s Laurel Valley Creamery got it’s start in 2005 when they purchased farmland belonging to Nick’s grandparents in an attempt to carry on their family farming tradition. Their goal now is to create a successful cheese business and also help people renew their relationship with food production. Nick and Celeste firmly believe that by turning grass into cheese there are rewards far greater than just filling stomachs.
Todd Tue, a filmmaker and good friend of the Nolan family, was invited to the farm in 2009 and during his visit made a short video about the family business. The video was warmly received at the Bob Evans Farm Festival and was used on the Laurel Valley website where it gained the attention of many food/dairy blogs on the internet.
Todd and the Nolans have decided to embark on a new project together. The new film will tell the story of Nolan family and how they turn grass into cheese.
The current goal is to raise $28,000.00 to complete a feature-length documentary in 2011. This estimated budget would allow the filmmakers 1 to 2 trips per season to the farm (6-8 trips over a year), roughly 5 days per visit, during the first year of cheese production. The estimated budget for the film will help to cover costs including: rental gear, equipment purchases, gas, and in part, post production expenses such as editing, legal, promotions, and film festivals. Upon completion, the film will be sent to festivals and the filmmakers will seek DVD distribution. The film will also be distributed to farming/food advocates in order to spread the philosophies of community based farming.
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Director Contact: Todd Tue
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on April 24, 2010.
Feb 18, 2010 - Apr 24, 2010
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Reward 1: Handmade thank you card from Milk Products and/or the Nolan family.
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Reward 2: Milk Products and From Grass to Cheese stickers/buttons, access to blog and production photos/videos PLUS Reward 1.
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Reward 3: Film soundtrack on CD once finished, a Twitter thank you/plug PLUS Reward 2.
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Reward 4: 50% discount on cheese purchases from Laurel Valley Creamery (up to 5lbs for one year) PLUS Reward 3.
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Reward 5: 1.5 lb cheese sampler pack AND a From Grass to Cheese poster AND a digital copy of the film PLUS Reward 2.
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Reward 6: 50% discount on cheese purchases (up to 5lbs for one year) AND a 1.5 lb cheese sampler pack AND a digital copy of the film PLUS Reward 3.
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Reward 7: 5 lb party cheese pack AND your name or business listed in the credits as a patron PLUS Rewards 2 and 3.
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Reward 8: 1 lb of free cheese per month for one year AND an associate producer credit AND a From Grass to Cheese poster AND the soundtrack AND the film on DVD.
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Reward 9: 2 lbs of free cheese per month for one year AND an executive producer credit AND a poster AND the soundtrack AND the film on DVD.
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Reward 10: Private visit and tour of the farm. Homemade dinner with the cast and crew AND 1 lb of free cheese per month for one year AND an executive producer credit AND a signed poster AND the soundtrack AND a signed DVD (Donors are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses)