Film sheds light on urban farming movement

Staff report


The documentary film “Growing Cities,” which spotlights the urban farming movement, will be screened twice Thursday. Dan Sussman, who directed the film, will be on hand for a question-and-answer session.

The screenings will be at 3 p.m. at Kilcawley Center’s Ohio Room on the Youngstown State University campus, and 6:30 p.m. at B&O Station, 530 Mahoning Ave.

After the B&O screening, participants will have the opportunity to buy local food from the Big Green Thing truck, and learn about the local food movement.

Both screenings are sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Food Coalition, and is the first in its Food and Farming Film Series. The MVFC seeks to increase awareness of the local food system, sustainable agricultural practices, and nutritious eating. The group also seeks to increase support for the local food economy.

In the film “Growing Cities,” two young filmmakers take a trip across country meeting city dwellers who are revitalizing their communities and reimagining the food system, one rooftop farm and backyard chicken at a time.

The film examines the role of urban farming in America. It spotlights people who are challenging the way food is grown and distributed.

Sussman, the director, focuses on documentaries that inspire environmental and social change.

Dan received the most outstanding film award from Dartmouth College for “Landmark,” his short film that brought together a diverse group of community members to save a forest from destruction.

Mahoning Valley Food Coalition seeks to expand local food production and access through advocacy, education and collaboration.

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