Film: Seed & Sprout

Society of St. Andrew is one of the sources of a new film to be premiered February 24 at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival in Golden, Colorado. The film is Seed & Sprout: Growing the Food Rescue Revolution, by Maryanne Galvin. Here is the trailer:

BOSTON, MA—The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF), which uses film to motivate, educate, and inspire viewers from awareness to action, will feature the World Premiere of Boston filmmaker Maryanne Galvin’s eleventh documentary on Friday, February 24, at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado. Individuals from several Denver area food groups featured in the film, including Denver Food Rescue, Boulder Food Rescue, and GrowHaus, will join Galvin after the screening for a Q&A. The film has also been chosen to be part of the CEFF Caravan, a touring version of the festival that travels to environmental festivals and events throughout Colorado.

Profiled in the film are eight innovative food rescue initiatives that are feeding the nation’s hungriest citizens while reducing the amount of food—as much as 40%–that goes uneaten each year. From SoSA to prison farms and grocery store donations delivered solely by bicycle, to gleaning from Harvard University dining halls, local farms, and supermarkets, these go-getters are encouraging a whole new generation of creative responses to ending hunger and shrinking landfills. They examine sources of wasted food, such as unsold farm and supermarket produce—cracks in our nation’s food donation system—and create ways to redirect perfectly healthy and nutritious food to those who need it most, in a dignified manner, at prices that everyone can afford. The film asks whether ordinary people can end hunger in America by redistributing the wasted food that is flooding our food system and landfills.

The film has received an endorsement from the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media and has also been chosen as an Official Selection at the Big Muddy Film Festival in Carbondale, IL on February 26 and the KIDS First Film Festival 2017. “This well-crafted documentary should be a must-see for any program addressing social change in the USA,” says one juror at the KIDS First Film Festival. “Certainly the issue of food insecurity is paramount in this country and often overlooked. The filmmaker has done an admirable job of covering important programs that are making a difference and leading the way.”

Maryanne Galvin

Maryanne Galvin, the filmmaker

Although this is Galvin’s eleventh documentary, her most recent films—including Urban Odyssey and Rewilding America: Lessons Learned from the Cape Cod Bear have focused on the unique ways that ordinary citizens are taking more responsibility for the environment. These and her other films have won awards at numerous independent film festivals and have been broadcast and distributed widely. As a practicing forensic psychologist in Boston, Galvin has also written, directed, and produced several educational training videos for mental health and law enforcement professionals. She holds a doctorate in psychology from UMass Amherst and an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College.


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How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name

Matthew 14:16-21

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

2 Kings 4:42-44

[…]the man of God […] said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.

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