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A collection of short films and recipes about the many religious festivals in Sicily and how they support a sustainable food culture.
A collection of short films and recipes about the many religious festivals in Sicily and how they support a sustainable food culture.
110 backers pledged $15,582 to help bring this project to life.

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This project is the brainchild of Fabrizia Lanza, owner of the world-renowned Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School in Sicily, located at Case Vecchia on the Regaleali Estate, a winery and farm that has been in the family for generations. The school was founded in 1989 by her mother, Anna Tasca Lanza, who wanted to preserve the culinary and agricultural traditions of Sicily and to respect the natural landscapes she loved deeply. The school has brought people from around the world, including famous chefs and slow food advocates like Alice Waters, Jamie Oliver, Julia Child, Bobby Chin and Gary Rhodes. (For more informations, see www.annatascalanza.com)

After a long career in art history, Fabrizia now runs the school and is the author of Coming Home to Sicily: Seasonal Harvests and Cooking at Case Vecchie and Olive: A Global History. Because of her love for the traditions of rural Sicily, she has started a video archive of the many customs and skills of farmers and home cooks in the area, many of which are being lost in the modern era. 

This video project focuses on the religious festivals and the food prepared during these sacred times and it is an important segment of this video archive. Fabrizia has developed this project along with Lena Connor, a U.S. student preparing to do graduate work in ecotheology, or Christian environmental ethics. Lena is an Udall Scholar and was a finalist for both the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships. She is passionate about how religion can help shape ecological and agricultural decision making in communities. 

We hope to produce a collection of short films from August 2013 to June 2014, focusing on 8-10 different festivals throughout the island. As we film, we also will collect recipes to accompany the stories and traditions that we capture in the documentaries. We will then put these recipes in an illustrated recipe booklet that will accompany the collection of short films. 

We hope that this project can be added the ark of slow food techniques that can not only act as a snapshot of history, but can inform how we shape sustainable culture in the present and in the future. 

Most of all, we want to honor the communities and the landscapes that have given the world Sicilian cuisine, which a treasure trove of wonderful food. 

The money funded by you all will go to:

-Funding travel around Sicily for Lena 

-Supporting her 10-month stay in Sicily 

-Purchasing better film equipment for image and sound quality

-Funding editing work for the films 

-Funding distribution and promotion for the films 

-Funding a website and blog for the films and the recipes 

-Funding the production and distribution of the recipe booklet 

Thank you for your support! Please share our project with friends and family members you think might be interested in our mission. 

Fabrizia Lanza- Project Producer
Fabrizia Lanza- Project Producer

Risks and challenges

We are facing a limited budget and we are not film professionals. But what we lack in resources, we hope to make up in creativity and enthusiasm (and help from talented friends!).

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