Forty-eight minutes may seem awfully long for a film about a truck farm. After all, how much can a filmmaker say–that is interesting–about a truck that has been converted to grow plants in the back of it? This skepticism is warranted but unnecessary, as filmmakers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis are top of their game (they are also starting the Food Corps and have another terrific film in the festival called The City Dark). They show us how to make a truck farm–drill holes in the bed, plant stuff, park on the streets of New York City and let it grow – who knew? Then they drive their mobile garden around the city to foodies, like organic chef Dan Barber (Mountainfilm guest 2009), who buy their locally grown herbs. As goofy as the film is, it succeeds as a chance for the filmmakers to make a totally charming and authentic documentary about the vast potential of urban agriculture.
David de Rothschild Presentation
Inspired by Thor Heyerdahl’s legendary Kon-tiki expedition across the Pacific Ocean, David de Rothschild set sail from San Francisco in March of 2010, landing in Sydney four months later. Like Heyerdahl who made his voyage on a rickety looking raft, de Rothschild’s highly unusual vessel was called the “Plastiki” because the catamaran’s hull consisted of 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles.
In the U.S., 12,500 plastic bottles are used every 8.3 seconds and de Rothschild wanted his Plastiki project to bring attention to the problem of waste. With his famous name (he is part of the well-known banking family), dashing good looks and audacious vision, his madcap adventure/environmental statement has given him a platform to bring about change.
He has had other adventures as well. He traversed Antarctica and on another occasion spent 100 days crossing from Russia to Canada, making him the youngest British citizen to reach both geographical poles. He is also an author, organic farmer and at one time a student of naturopathic medicine.
De Rothschild will speak about the Plastiki expedition and what we can do to reduce waste.
In Person: David de Rothschild