Dirt! The Movie, an Independent Lens film

Dirt! The Movie, an Independent Lens film

Tue, 04/06/2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Slow food founder Carlo Petrini: healthy food = healthy dirt.

Credit: Common Ground Media

WXXI invites you to its second Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series featuring  films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.

On Tuesday, April  6 at 7 p.m. WXXI will present its second of four Community Cinema screenings, Dirt! The Movie a film by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow. Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, find out how industrial farming, mining and urban development have led us toward cataclysmic droughts, starvation, floods and climate change. Dirt is a part of everything we eat, drink and breathe. Which is why we should stop treating it like, well…dirt.

The screening was held at WXXI's Studios and was followed by a panel discussion.

Panelists included:

• Jan McDonald, Director of Rochester Roots, Inc.

• Brian Eshenaur, Integrated Pest Management Associate, Cornell Cooperative Extension
• Rosita Caridi-Miller, Cooking Instructor, Cornell Cooperative Extension. Rosita conducts cooking classes that focus on local food and healthy choices.

• Patty Love, Certified Permaculture Designer

• Elizabeth Henderson from Peacework Organic Farm


The event was free and open to the public.  Listen to the audio recording of this event in the player below: 

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The television broadcast of Dirt! The Movie aired Tuesday, April 20 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 & 11).

Other Community Cinema screenings in this series include (click on the title to learn more about the film):

The Horse Boy - Tuesday, April 27, 7-9 p.m.

A Village Called Versailles - Tuesday, May 18, 7-9 p.m.


Dirt and GMO's

If you would like to hear more on the GMO debate I would suggest viewing The Future Of Food. If you google that you can view it online. Valuable information is demonstrared in this video. At the very least we should have consumer labeling in the USA so people have a choice.

Dirt was great Thank you
PS If the screen was 3 feet higher people in the back could see better