Filmmaker bringing 'Evolution of Organic' to Mount Shasta

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A photo of Jeanne Marie Hermann from the film “Evolution of Organic.” The photo was taken by Michael Ableman, who is central to the film, which tells the story of organic agriculture in the words of those who built the movement. Submitted

Filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green Fire) will be in Mount Shasta to screen his new film: “Evolution of Organic” on Sunday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Temple of Intention. Admission is on a $8 to $20 sliding scale donation.

The film tells the story of organic agriculture, in the words of those who built the movement. As described in a press release, “A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters reject chemical farming and set out to explore organic alternatives.

“It’s a heartfelt journey of change, from a small band of rebels to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food. By now organic has gone mainstream, split into an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture. It’s the most popular and successful outgrowth of the environmental impulse of the last fifty years.”

Evolution of Organic is not just a history, but also looks to the future, such as:

• The next generation who are broadening organic into no-till and urban farms; Latino growers and eco-fashion; even raising salmon in flooded rice fields.

• Carbon farming as a solution to climate change, taking carbon out of the air and putting it in the ground where it belongs – “The best news on the planet.”

• What lies “beyond organic,” from soil microbiology as the new frontier to visions of a regenerative agriculture that restores everything from the ecosphere to the human spirit.

Actress Frances McDormand narrates the film, with a score by Gary Malkin and Dan Alvarez.

The screening in Mt. Shasta is part of a grassroots campaign to fund music licensing of songs by artists including the Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, and Country Joe and the Fish.

Kitchell said he is involved in “a long grassroots roll out” of the film and is expecting to continue doing “shows all over the country” into 2019.

DVDs will be for sale and more information about the campaign will be available at the screening. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center.

The Temple of Intention is located at 301 S. Old Stage Road.

For more information visit https://evolutionoforganic.com/.

View film trailer at https://vimeo.com/181428111.