Gaining Ground

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies at Cascade Park
5:30 PM, Thursday, February 9, 2017 PST
Location: Vancouver, WA (click for map)

GAINING GROUND, a feature-length documentary film by Director Elaine Velazquez and Producer Barbara Bernstein, tells personal stories of farmers making extraordinary changes in their farming practices to feed their local communities sustainably grown produce and grains. The documentary interweaves experiences of urban farmer-activists in inner city Richmond, California, a small family farm in rural Oregon converting from commodity dairy to chemical-free produce and a large farm in the Willamette Valley transitioning from grass seed to organic grains. The film personalizes class, gender, race and environmental justice issues by rooting them within narratives of compelling individuals. As these stories unfold, the film explores the devastating effects of the 2012 Chevron Richmond refinery fire on Urban Tilth in inner city Richmond and the impact of the 2013 discovery of GMO wheat in Eastern Oregon on Stalford Seed Farms in the Willamette Valley. While the movie is sober about the obstacles to creating change, at the same time it points the way toward hope. GAINING GROUND instills in its viewers the potential to create change on a personal, local and global scale. SPECIAL NOTE: This screening is part of a series which will be shown to promote the Clark College Food Summit which will begin on February 10, 2017 at Clark College. Other venues and dates will be posted here as they become finalized.

Release Year: 2016

Running Time: 76 minutes

Director: Elaine Velazquez

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