Christine Anthony tapped to deliver keynote address "From Locavore To Farmer Advocate: Shinning A Light On The Next Generation Of Women Farmers" at the Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network (PA-WAgN) Symposium: "Women Farmers: Heros In Our Communities."
There will also be a screening of TERRA FIRMA at this event. Filmmakers will be attending.
There is no other way to begin this post than to say we are deeply honored. We are honored to have been given the chance to tell the stories of 3 amazing women: Anna Mann, Sonia Kendrick and Althea Raiford. Thanks go to them for trusting us to present their stories honestly. Their courage to lay themselves bare, to share their experiences of what it was like being in war and coming home and finding themselves changed in ways they could not at first understand, was humbling for us.
Making TERRA FIRMA challenged us in many ways. We wanted to push our own documentary filmmaking skill set to the edge and then see how much further we could go beyond that. It was not always easy, but we came out on the other side intact and still together. Knowing what these three women went through, what other veterans have gone through, what they are still going through, guided us through our darkest days- we could not allow ourselves to give up on our mission to get this project completed. And that is what kept us going. Thank you to the staff of the Rome International Film Festival for selecting the film, and to all those involved in giving TERRA FIRMA the Special Jury Award for Documentary Feature Film and presenting us with one of the best festival statues, The Sylvia. The award is for a thoughtful film that raises awareness about an important issue from a sensitive vantage point.
Early morning scouting shots in the corn fields northeast of Cedar Rapids during the filming of TERRA FIRMA.
The vastness of this region, with it's looming sky, it's forever vistas, makes one feel very small.
Still photography from Gilliard Farms, Brunswick, Georgia, during TERRA FIRMA filming.
Arriving early we wandered the property, the morning light trying to cut through the fog, and captured the quiet solitude with it's history hanging from the great trees and time peeling off the old house.
It is a magical place.
Friday 11:00AM ONLY
530 Broad, Rome, GA.
Filmmakers in attendance.
Our first attempt at filmmaking, the documentary short "FARM!" screened at RIFF in 2009.
It was the beginning of a new direction for us.
In 2011 our first feature length documentary "GROW!" won Best American Documentary at RIFF.
We are excited and honored to have TERRA FIRMA an Official Selection at the 2014 Rome International Film Festival.
TERRA FIRMA is in competition for Best Documentary
On our drives to Charleston, South Carolina, we take the backroads and we always end up on Highway 78. It's a great two-lane, pedal to the floor, windows open with the radio blasting kind of strip. We have been pulling over and shooting this tree and house between Elko and Blackwell South Carolina for some time now.
The tree gets bigger and the house decays a little bit more into the ground.
Here is the latest shot.
Whoa! That was amazing. Thanks to everyone who came out last night to the screening, to the Friends of Family Farmers for putting it together and the staff at Holocene for providing a great and welcoming space to see our film (two screens, killer sound system!!!). Special thanks to Mickey Clayton for speaking so eloquently on behalf of women farmer veterans.
An interior designer/stylist's home is a Bohemian Rhapsody
A certain eccentricity...
And that's a wrap!
Thank you to all the photo editors for bringing us onboard, the field editors for finding these amazing locations, all the homeowners that let us into their homes and lives (and allow us to create havoc for few a hours), and especially to the stylists who make it look so great.