Fall 2013 news update…

2013 has been busier than previous years, which has been great!

On our personal project side, we’ve one more short film remaining in our “Meet your Urban Farmer” short film series which will be out before the end of the year. We’ll be working on our first feature length documentary next, most excited about it. We’ll post details when we’re a bit further along in 2014.

Here are two of the projects that have kept us busy this summer…

Health Match BC

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Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce

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Please be sure to follow us on Facebook as we’ll be posting more frequent updates there in 2014 and beyond.

Meet your Farmer short doc series – summer update

Just a quick, long overdue update to our blog. We’ve completed 3 of the approx 18 Urban Farmers interviews. With summer here we’re able to get some B-roll to add to the interviews we shot over winter.

Urban Digs Farm - Julia and Ludo (click to visit)

Next up we’ll have Arzeena from Richmond Sharing Farm, Emi from Yummy Yards, Will and Camil from Innercity Farm and Sean from SOLEfood.

Visit our Twitter or FB pages for the new releases, or Vancouver is Awesome and CityFarmer for links as they are released.

We’re also working on our own digital property called MyGreenFeat™, a place for the community to learn, share and discuss all things around living more sustainably, but more on that closer to launch date.

 

Meet your Farmer short doc series – Brian Harris

The Home Grown Exhibit and a number of other associated programs/events took place at the end of 2010 at the Museum of Vancouver.

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One thing that stood out for us about the exhibit was the marvelous balance that Brian was able to achieve between the “heavy” issues surrounding food security vs. the positive difference people are making in our community at the grass roots level.

Using text panels and photography, Brian was able to showcase several people who, knowingly or not, are making a difference in our community with their sustainable urban farming efforts. For us, the exhibit captured just how important food is in building community and that it is certainly possible to achieve meaningful improvements in sustainability by breaking the silos and working more closely together. We are the real change agents in society, each and every one of us. We’ve just got to make a small shift.

After attending Brian’s walkthrough of the Home Grown exhibit, we approached Brian with the hope of learning what his inspiration behind the exhibit was. This short documentary has taken some time to complete, but here it is, hope you enjoy it – it is 25 minutes short.

Please share this short documentary openly and remember the important contribution that you can make to help us all live more sustainably. Source local, organic food and encourage supermarkets to buy from local farmers.

What next for us?
We are busy with the next documentary in this series on Chris Thoreau, well-known urban farmer in Vancouver who operates My Urban Farm. We will follow that up with another on Barb Hinde of Glen Valley Herbs and Apothecary and Chris Bodnar of Glen Valley Organics Co-op.

Canadian Dermatology Association

We recently completed a DVD video loop for the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA). The CDA exists to advance the science & art of medicine and surgery related to skin health.

Click to view an extract from the video loop

English and French versions of the DVD have been distributed to dermatologist’s offices around Canada and will offer helpful tips and information on being sun safe, as well as other information about skin cancer.

Information is delivered in convenient “bite size” pieces to ensure that it is readable from a distance, since the audience could be sitting in the waiting room or walking by. We used clean motion graphics text in combination with supporting imagery to accomplish this.

To engage viewers further, a simple URL was used to drive people to a specific landing page and at the same time re-enforce the message of “Be Sun Safe”.

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society – wrap up

We have completed the update to the DVD that is part of the “Can I Play Too?” Autism Demystification Puppet Program. The DVD contains the full “Can I Play Too?” Puppet Play, including the option to view the content in 6 UN languages. The most significant update was the play portion, which was completely re-shot on green screen. An extract from the play can be seen here.

Click to view extract from play.

The DVD is designed for self-use by parents and educators to promote understanding, acceptance, empathy and friendships between individuals on the autism spectrum and their peers.

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society is a non-profit that enhances social interaction, communication, imaginative play and friendships of individuals on the autism spectrum. They provide a variety of unique and innovative programs to individuals aged 3 through 18 as well as training opportunities to parents, educators and other professionals throughout Canada, the US and abroad.

Take a Hike Foundation – wrap up

We have completed the probono piece for Take a Hike Foundation.

The video was first shown at TAH’s 10th Anniversary celebration and continues to be used further as an awareness video piece in order to attract new sponsors and show the tangible results that their program has achieved. You can follow Take a Hike on Twitter @TakeaHikeFdn or like their Facebook page here.

Meet your Farmer – short documentary series

This is a self funded project that we’ve really taken to heart as a way to educate the public on the real life story of the local farmer. Getting the word out is currently a major focus for us as we increase our involvement and commitment to the movements to buy local organic food and to preserve farmland. What actually goes on behind the scenes before you buy that tasty apple at the market? The truth is eye opening and it is something that needs to be known.

Working in the fields

Why did we feel the need to get involved?
We felt like we needed to get involved because not enough people understand the huge effect this issue has on them. Moreover, they have such an opportunity to make smarter buying choices that directly benefit their own health, environment and local economy – they just have to be aware! This is an issue that touches on the environmental sustainability of our practices as a society. Our hope is that after watching the series, more people will know that they can make very positive impacts to the farmers, the local economy and for the environment with only small changes to their daily routines.

How are we telling the story?
At the beginning, we came into this project without any background knowledge in the area of farming. We were lay people when it came to the life of a farmer. As a story teller, this is the perfect position to be in because we are the best people to explain the story and the subject to people like ourselves…other lay people. By virtue of our unfamiliarity with the subject, we have the ability to simplify and convey the message in simple terms so that everybody can relate at a basic level.

What will the series cover?
The series will cover a diverse sample of farmers, in and around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, and will showcase just how much goes into the “farming” process. We will also cover topics such as GMOs, seed preservation, CSAs and many others. Viewers can follow the process all the way from the fields to the Farmers Markets where they buy the final product. It is through this educational process that we hope to change perceptions and get the public to buy local, even if it’s just one seasonal item. We also hope to work on ways to help the growth of urban farming – planting vegetable gardens on unused land and urban space in a sustainable way.

How will this series be used?
When completed, the series will be able to educate the public as to why it is crucial to support and buy local organic food where possible. This series will be a welcome addition to local farmer’s websites as well as supporting organizations like the Farmers Markets around Greater Vancouver. It will also be available to local educators involved with youth.

How can I help?
Share the videos by linking to them, embed them in your website, use them to create conversation around the larger topics and themes. Provide us with links and articles that we can include in posts. Let us know about people and stories we need to cover and capture on film to share with the public.

How can I stay in touch?
Please revisit our blog and Facebook pages to receive regular updates on our progress. We’ll post WIP footage here until the series is completed.

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society

We are currently working with Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society.

See the project transforming here, we’ve got a few outtakes and bloopers from the first version done a while ago.

Friend 2 Friend is a non-profit that enhances reciprocal social interaction, communication, imaginative play, and friendships between individuals on the autism spectrum and their typically developing peers. They provide a variety of unique and innovative programs to individuals aged 3 through 18 as well as training opportunities to parents, educators and other professionals throughout Canada, the US and abroad.

We are producing a DVD that is part of the “Can I Play Too?” Autism Demystification Puppet Program. The DVD contains the full “Can I Play Too?” Puppet Play, including the option to watch the contained materials in 6 UN languages.

The DVD is designed for self-use by parents and educators to promote understanding, acceptance, empathy and friendships between individuals on the autism spectrum and their peers.

Friend 2 Friend pupet show behind the scenes