The Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) and Coming Attractions Theatres co-host an AIFF benefit screening of the documentary "SEED: The Untold Story" at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Varsity Theatre in downtown Ashland.
In the last century, 94 percent of seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight to defend the future of food. In a story both harrowing and heartening, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to a treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.
SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.
The 6:30 pm screening will be followed by a Q&A with 'Seed' director and AIFF Alum Taggart Siegel and Ashland Food Coop’s Outreach and Owner Services Manager Annie Hoy. Additionally, Siegel will be presenting outtake footage shot in Josephine County. Community members will also be tabling in the theater showcasing issues relevant to the film.
Past AIFF attendees may remember Siegel’s documentary, "The Real Dirt on Farmer John." When it premiered at AIFF in 2006 it packed houses — “Enough so that we were fortunate to be able to bring it back for a return engagement to more packed houses just two weeks after the festival,” recounts Wendy Conner, AIFF’s Director of Operations. “Equal parts charming and quirky, 'Farmer John' took us on a journey of his once failing single-family farm, transforming it into a thriving and prosperous community farm.”
The film will open at the Varsity Theatre on Friday, Nov. 4, followed by a week-long run at the Varsity Theatre.