A Brooklynite returns to the family farm to see how city-dwelling locavores can connect with conventional farmers in the Midwest.
A year ago, inspired by the work I'd been doing with the local food community in NYC, I began a film project about my family's corn and soybeans farm in Indiana. The farm, located in Griffin, Indiana near the confluence of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers, has been in my family for six generations.
I began the project as a way to initiate a conversation about the future of the farm within my own family, but I soon realized that our story spoke to larger audience - both to farming families like my own trying to figure out who in the next generation will step up and farm the land, and to urbanites interested in local and sustainable food issues.
My goal is to begin a dialog between conventional farmers in the corn belt who provide the calories that we rely on, and locavores eager to have a greater understanding of the challenges facing our food system.
Over the last year, I’ve completed two film shoots in Indiana, and I am planning to return for a third trip this summer to film test-plot of watermelon growing on the farm. With the footage from my first two shoots, I edited a 10-minute preview of Mumford Farms, which has screened at the Anthology Film Archives in NYC, and at the Stanford Alumni and Northside Film Festivals.
I'm fundraising to cover travel expenses as well as for editing and post-production work. Also, if I am successful in raising this funding through Kickstarter, I will have established the credibility I need to approach foundations and other organizations for fiscal sponsorship or further financial support.
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Jun 12, 2011 - Jul 12, 2011 (30 days)
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You’ll receive a shout-out on Facebook as one on our fabulous supporters.
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You’ll receive a very cool Mumford Farms bumper sticker.
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Your name will be listed an official supporter on the Mumford Farms website, and you’ll also receive a Mumford Farms bumper sticker.
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In addition to having your name on our website as a supporter, you’ll receive a free download of a song by the Revolutionary Army of California, one of the bands featured in the Mumford Farms’ soundtrack. You also get a Mumford Farms bumper sticker.
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Your name will be listed as a supporter in the film’s credits. You also get a free download of a song from the Revolutionary Army of California and a Mumford Farms bumper sticker.
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Your name will be listed in the credits of the film, and you will receive a free Mumford Farms DVD once the film is complete.
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You’ll be mailed a hand-printed, sweatshop-free Mumford Farms t-shirt (we’ll email you later about sizing).
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In addition to the Mumford Farms t-shirt, you’ll receive a limited edition set of postcards featuring photographs of Mumford Farms shot by the talented Maris Zivarts.
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You have the opportunity to learn the basics of documentary production by tagging along with Anna for a professional video shoot in NYC. If you’re unable to travel to NYC, you can pick from any of the previous rewards.
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You have the opportunity to spend a day with Anna learn the basics of video editing on Final Cut Pro at Letitia Productions’ studio in NYC. If you’re unable to travel to NYC, you can pick from any of the previous rewards.
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You have the opportunity to participate in a group trip to Mumford Farms. You’re in charge of your own travel reservations to the Evansville area, but we’ll cover food, housing, and transportation once you arrive. Accommodations will be shared with other trip members. Trip scheduled for spring 2012. If you’re unable to travel to Indiana, you can pick from any of the previous rewards.