HARVEST FILM FESTIVAL 2015
Lower Hewood Farm. Saturday 10th October 2015, 10am – 11pm.
11am – Man of Aran (dir Robert J Flaherty, 1934 ) 1hr 17mins
Man of Aran is a 1934 British fictional documentary film about life on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland. It portrays characters living in premodern conditions, documenting their daily routines such as fishing off high cliffs, farming potatoes where there is little soil, and hunting for huge basking sharks to get liver oil for lamps. Some situations are fabricated, such as one scene in which the shark fishermen are almost lost at sea in a sudden gale.
1pm – Village at the End of the World (dir Sarah Gavron, David Katznelson, 2013) 1hr 22mins
Like all villages, Niaqornat has its supporters and detractors amongst the local populace. For some it is paradise, they can’t imagine living anywhere else, for others it’s the last place on earth they want to be. For most Niaqornat is simply home. We know that there are very real pressures on a place like this, the ice is melting, the government no longer wants to subsidise the supply ship that brings the food that can’t be hunted locally, and people are leaving due to the lack of work.
3pm – Manufactured Landscapes (dir Jennifer Baichwal, 2008) 1hr 30mins
The film involves the photographs and videos of photographer and visual artist Ed Burtynsky’s trip through landscapes that have been altered by large-scale human activity, captured with Super-16mm film Most of the photographs featured in the film are pieces that are exhibited all over the world and are taken with a “large format field camera. While some would call the work beautiful, his main goal was to challenge notions while raising questions about the interplay of environmental ethics and aesthetics.
5pm – Addicted to Sheep (dir Magali Pettier, 2015) 1hr 26mins
In the North Pennines, tenant farmers Tom and Kay spend their days looking after their flock of prized sheep, and hoping that this will be the year they breed the perfect one. Director Magali Pettier, herself a farmer’s daughter, follows a year in their lives, capturing both the stark, stunning beauty of the landscape, and the brutally hard graft it takes just to survive. Their three children are growing up close to the land, attending a school entirely comprised of farmers’ children, thoroughly immersed in their remote rural world.
11am Metro Land (dir Edward Mirzoeff, 1973 ) 50 mins
Metro-Land is a BBC documentary film written and narrated by the then UK Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman. The film celebrates suburban life in the area to the Northwest of London that grew up in the early 20th century around the Metropolitan Railway (later the Metropolitan line of the Underground).
1pm Land Rush (dir Osvalde Lewat, Hugo Berkeley, 2012) 58 mins
The documentary follows American sugar developer Mima Nedelcovych’s Sosumar scheme, a $600 million partnership between the Government of Mali to lease 200-square kilometers of prime agricultural land for a plantation and factory However, unlike some of his competitors, Mima sees the involvement of the local community as key to the project’s success and offers partnership to local farmers as contracted sugar cane growers with the prospect of becoming, in time, “a small commercial farmer and then a larger commercial farmer ” Harvest Festival programme.
3pm Wasteland (dir Lucy Walker, João Jardim, Karen Harley, 2011 ) 1hr 40 mins
Located just outside Rio de Janeiro, Jardim Gramacho, Brazil, is the world’s largest garbage landfill. Modern artist Vik Muniz works with the so-called catadores, the men and women who pick through the refuse, to create art out of recycled materials Muniz selects six of the garbage pickers to pose as subjects in a series of photographs mimicking famous paintings. In his desire to assist the catadores and change their lives, Muniz finds himself changed as well.
11am – The Edge of the World (dir Michael Powell, 1938 ) 1hr 11mins
The people of St Kilda, a tiny Scottish island, have maintained the same simple lifestyle for generations. When the younger adults that inhabit the island begin to leave for more satisfyingly modern lives, the elders start to realize that their culture is disappearing. While James Gray (Finlay Currie), an important figure in the tiny community, grows pessimistic about the future of St Kilda, his son, Andrew (Niall MacGinnis), is one of the few young people who refuse to desert their homes
1pm – Gleaners and I (dir Agnes Varda, 2000) 1hr 22mins
An 1867 painting by Jean-Francois Millet inspired septuagenarian documentarian Agnes Varda to cross the French countryside to videotape people who scavenge. Taking everything from surplus in the fields, to rubbish in trashcans, to oysters washed up after a storm, the “gleaners” range from those sadly in need to those hoping to recreate the community activity of centuries past, and still others who use whatever they find to cobble together a rough art. Highlighted by Varda’s amusing narration.
3pm – Delmarva Chicken of Tomorrow (Andrea Zimmerman, 2002) 15 mins
Specially bred with less feathers and more meat, The Delmarva Chicken of Tomorrow is a film that dream-walks from the beaches of Mirtsdroy, where huge tourists, plucked and oiled, baste themselves standing up, to the muddy markets of Sumatra, via an archipelago of Export-Processing zones and television archives. Hand processed with bacterially cultured stock, the images are themselves in organic decay; all the colours and forms of the scrap heap.
Date with Thyme (dir Joseph Walsh) (looped)
How to Make Celeriac Chips (Chris Sav) Cornucopia (dir Leon and Simon Bayliss)
YURT (5 mins walk down the track ask for directions. Looped)
Snow Paintings (dir Barnaby Hosking)
7pm – Competition Shortlist
8.30pm – Dinner with produce from Lower Hewood Farm
Harvest Film Festival Open School East
Saturday 7 November 2015, 2 – 8pm FREE EVENT
The Harvest Film Festival celebrates the harvest season with feature and short documentaries that explore the themes of land use, agroecology and food production. The film programme starts at 2pm and there will be an indoor market of food, drink and information relating to small-scale agriculture. At 5pm we will be showcasing an hour-long programme of fantastic short films that relate to the festival themes, shortlisted from this year’s Harvest Short Film Competition. The event culminates with a screening of Manufactured Landscapes, which follows photographer Edward Burtynsky on his travels through epic industrialised landscapes. The film programme is curated by Maria Benjamin.
Please join us for this free event, all welcome.
2.00pm – Metroland (50 mins) dir. Edward Mirzoeff, 1973
Written and narrated by the then UK Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman. The film celebrates suburban life in the area to the Northwest of London that grew up in the early 20th century around the Metropolitan Railway.
3.00pm – Delmarva Chicken of Tomorrow (15 mins) dir. Andrea Zimmerman, 2002
Specially bred with less feathers and more meat, The Delmarva Chicken of Tomorrow is a film that dream-walks from the beaches of Mirtsdroy, where huge tourists, plucked and oiled, baste themselves standing up, to the muddy markets of Sumatra, via an archipelago of Export-Processing zones and television archives.
3.30pm – The Gleaners and I (82 mins) dir. Agnes Varda, 2000
A French documentary, the film tracks a series of gleaners as they hunt for food, knicknacks, thrown away items, and personal connection. Varda travels the French countryside as well as the city to find and film not only field gleaners, but also urban gleaners.
5.00pm – Harvest Short Film Competition, shortlisted films. (60 mins)
6.30pm – Manufactured Landscapes (90 mins) dir. Jennifer Baichwal, 2008
This documentary reveals the gritty underside of industrial landscapes. Photographer Edward Burtynsky explores the subtle beauty amid the waste generated by slag heaps, dumps and factories. Memorable scenes include a Chinese iron factory where employees are berated to produce faster, and shots of children playing atop piles of dangerous debris.