If you’re a faithful follower of the Lowell Film Collaborative, you may have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here on the screening front lately. Coming off an outstanding first year of film hosting and other related events, the LFC took a little time off to rest our brains and gear up for another exciting year.
We’re ecstatic to report that, beginning this Sunday, we are officially resurfacing from our holiday hibernation with a plethora of fun events on the horizon. We’ve been doing our best to keep everyone updated on local area screenings not directly involving us, but now it’s our turn to get back into the mix.
This Sunday, January 24, at the oh-so-outstanding Life Alive Organic Cafe in downtown Lowell, our new season kicks off with a screening of Fresh, a documentary film that celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Best described as Food, Inc. with a happier ending, Fresh profiles several revolutionary agricultural thinkers who are forging healthier, sustainable alternatives to the dreaded industrial model of agriculture, instead offering a much more practical vision for the future of our food and our planet.
Among several main characters, the film features urban farmer and activist Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award, sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” and supermarket owner David Ball, who is challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.
This is the first of three films the LFC is hosting in partnership with Life Alive, WorldPEAS CSA, and New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (NESFP). This Agricultural Film Series highlights films that focus on delicious food, sustainability, healthy eating, and local agriculture. So come spend the evening with us, and be sure to bring your friends. This event is free and open to the public, and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Please note that Life Alive will be serving warm meals until 6 p.m., so come early, enjoy dinner, and stay for the film.
Watch this site or sign up for our e-newsletter for details on other upcoming events. It feels great to be back on the scene!