"Plant This Movie", director Karney Hatch's second feature documentary, will explore urban agriculture worldwide.
Praise for Mr. Hatch's first documentary, "Overdrawn!":
"Sets itself apart from most of its peers by actually offering solutions rather than just exposing problems." -David Feltman, Film Threat
- Alistair Rockoff, Williamette Week
Hatch in his own words:
"I grew up on a farm, and though I've spent most of my adulthood in cities, I've always remained connected to the farming lifestyle. My grandparents were huge gardeners, too, so I've had the bug for many years. When I first moved to Los Angeles in 2000, I became aware of the idea of urban farming and how much sense it made, especially in a semi-desert like Southern California which steals (sorry, no other word fits!) most of its water from elsewhere. I began researching the documentary in earnest in 2009, and filming began in Los Angeles last year and now is ramping up with this ambitious filming trip which will take me to Asia, Africa and Latin America before returning to the US for additional filming into the Spring of 2012.
"Where am I going? I've been talking with some of the foremost experts in the field, from Danielle Nierenberg at the Worldwatch Institute to Luc Mougeot at the International Development Research Centre. Also here in Peru I've been working with IPES, an NGO which works on urban agriculture throughout Latin America. With all this expert advice, I'm looking at these cities:
Kalkota (Calcutta), India
Of course only so much can fit in to one documentary, so I will have to winnow down the list a bit, but this gives you an idea of what's on the radar screen...."
Of course I will also be doing more filming in Los Angeles and other US cities when I return.
"Plant This Movie", really? Yes, really! Every DVD will ship with a packet of vegetable seeds, and I'm planning on soaking the cardboard DVD covers in a nutrient solution, so just like those roll-out flower beds, you'll be able to use the DVD cover and the seeds to start your own little urban farm.
Another way you can help is by donating frequent flyer miles, since a lot of my expense will be buying tickets to get to the cities which will be featured in the film. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org about this, or any other ideas you might have!
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A DVD of the film, a thank you in the credits, and a packet of vegetable seeds - start farming! Many thanks to High Mowing Organic Seeds and Ferry-Morse Seed Company for their generous gifts!
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DVD, seeds, and your choice of a signed copy of either Heather Flores' book "Food Not Lawns" OR Darrin Nordahl's "Public Produce".
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DVD, seeds, a signed copy of one of the books and a personalized souvenir chosen by director Karney Hatch on his travels.
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Executive Producer credit on the film, all of the $500 awards, plus a team of gardeners will come and install 50 square feet of raised bed gardens at your home. Smoke that Hollywood producer cigar, and then remember to compost the ashes! Thanks to Farmscape Gardens in Los Angeles, who will be doing the garden installations in Southern California. If you're thinking of supporting the film at this level, get in touch about the details of the garden installation.
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All of the above, plus a team of gardeners will come to your house and install 50 square feet of raised-bed gardens AND they will come back weekly for three months to take care of the garden, pull weeds, and collect the harvest for you. Thanks to Farmscape Gardens in Los Angeles, who will be doing the garden installations and maintenance in Southern California. If you're thinking of supporting the film at this level, get in touch about the details of the garden installation.
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