Urban Community Gardening

2013 Films

Washington D.C. Premiere

Urban Community Gardening

(c) Chris Wells

5:00 PM

Directed by: Various

Venue: RIverside Center, Washington Parks & People

Urban Community Gardening  

COMMUNITY HARVEST (USA, 2012, 9 min.) Celebrating the natural and cultural harvests of a Washington, D.C. community, this short film documents the dramatic transformation of a vacant urban alley in our nation’s capital into a majestic, public garden and collaborative green space. Created by an inspiring recipe of community volunteers, neighborhood youth, local non-profit organizations and city government support, the North Columbia Heights Green is ultimately a story about reconnecting people to the land. The organization’s work offers a powerful example, demonstrating how dark alleys and abandoned lots across the city could undergo a similar transformation, and how public gardens and green spaces can build and strengthen communities. Directed by Brandon Kramer. Produced by Lance Kramer. 

IN TRANSITION 2.0 (United Kingdom, 2012, 97 min.) Washington D.C. Premiere Responding to uncertain times with resilience, creativity and optimism, this film, inspired by the Transition Movement, captures 16 inspiring stories from seven countries around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It shows communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations. In a world full of challenges, these are stories of hope and ingenuity. The Transition Network supports community-led responses to climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy, building self-reliance and security. Directed and produced by Emma Goude of Green Lane Films. 

Introduced by RonDell Pooler, Green Corps Coordinator, who will also participate in a panel discussion following screenings. Moderator: Karyn Strickler, Host of the TV program, Climate Challenge. Panelists:  Lance and Brandon Kramer, filmmakers of Community Harvest; Jeff Trunkel, Founder of Transition Mt. Airy; Brian D. Rogers and Eliza Barclay, Reporter and Producer for NPR’s Science Desk, member of a Community Garden in D.C., and Teacher/Host of Knowledge Commons DC’s Urban Gardening Tour.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. No reservations required.

Riverside Center

Washington Parks & People

5200 Foote St., NE

(Metro: Minnesota Avenue) 

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