September 24, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — "Small Farm Rising," a documentary which explores the reinvention of small-scale agriculture, will be shown Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. Admission is $2.

The film showing will be followed by an in-depth audience workshop with film-maker Ben Stechschulte. The discussion will be led by Samantha Pearson, coordinator of the Local Action Network, with local community members offering food and farm perspectives.

"Small Farm Rising" documents the workings of three small farms in the Champlain Valley and Adirondack region of upstate New York. The hour-long documentary follows a group of farmers from three unique farms through one growing season and illustrates how small-scale agriculture is a benefit to the health of local economies and the communities they serve.

Photographer/director/editor Ben Stechschulte and Mountain Lake PBS partnered with Adirondack Harvest to produce "Small Farm Rising," the follow-up to Adirondack Harvest and Ben Stechschulte's 2004 documentary "Three Farms."

Stechschulte has photographed subjects as varied as the food industry, detained immigrants, and honor killing in the Middle East. His stories and portraits appear in a variety of publications including TIME, New York Magazine, Smithsonian and The New York Times Magazine.

The film is shown as part of Bucknell University's Green Screens film series, co-sponsored by the Bucknell University Environmental Center, the Fall 2012 Bucknell Film/Media Studies Series and the University Lectureship Committee, with additional community support.  

The Green Screens film series continues through the fall semester with "Biophilic Design", a documentary that showcases buildings that conect people and nature, on Oct. 30; and "The Story of Change", which argues that citizens — not shoppers — hold the key to a better future, on Nov. 27.

The Campus Theatre is located at located at 413 Market Street in Lewisburg.

For more information, see www.bucknell.edu/x2250.xml, e-mail environmental.center@bucknell.edu or call the Environmental Center at 570-577-1490.

Contact: Division of Communications

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