Filmmaker Steve Alves describes his documentary as "one part food, to two parts politics, to three parts economics." Alves tracks the co-op movement's quest for whole and organic foods, and the dream of sustainable food systems. The film profiles several current food
co-ops that have revived neighborhoods and entire communities---right in the shadow of corporate agribusiness and national supermarket chain stores.
"Today we're experiencing a growth food co-ops," says Suzette Snow-Cobb, Manager at Franklin Community Co-op. "food co-ops have long had an important roll in our food system and our communities, and people are recognizing that co-operatives are an avenue for more control and empowerment in access to healthy foods."
But there were darker days for co-ops after World War II, Alves adds. "Big business regained an influential role within the government, laying the groundwork for a post-war culture based on mass-production, corporate consolidation, and rampant consumerism."
"Food Co-ops were a byproduct of the Great Depression," says co-op historian David Thompson, who is also featured in Food For Change. "The disparity in wealth between the haves and the don't haves was the spark that ignited co-ops. As co-ops grew, they restored hope to millions of Americans who began to gain some economic control over their lives and their communities just as co-ops are doing today.""
In presenting food co-operative's history, Food for Change features Franklin Community Co-op (Green Fields Market and McCusker's Market) with interviews of local folks and footage of co-op activities and our local farmers.
A special "pre-premier" local showing will be at
The Greenfield Garden Theater on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7 p.m. Tickets available through the Garden website or at the door. Proceeds from this showing will go to the co-op's education and scholarship fund.
Filmaker, Steve Alves will be in attendance at this special showing.
Steve Alves is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in western Massachusetts. Among his documentaries is Talking to the Wall: The Story of an American Bargain, about one New England town's battle against the world's largest retailer.
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