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Award-winning filmmakers to screen films about sustainable jobs and farming Oct. 2-3

September 19, 2013

Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young will be in Bozeman Oct. 2-3 to screen and discuss two of their documentary films that address solutions for economic and ecological sustainability. "Shift Change," a documentary that focuses on jobs in employee-owned workplaces, will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at MSU's Procrastinator Theater. "Good Food," a documentary about sustainable, local food, will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Bozeman Public Library. Both films are free and Dworkin and Young will be on hand to discuss the films following each screening. Photo courtesy of Moving Images.   High-Res Available

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Award-winning filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young will be in Bozeman Oct. 2-3 to screen and discuss two of their documentary films that address solutions for economic and ecological sustainability.

Dworkin and Young will screen "Shift Change," a documentary that focuses on dignified jobs in employee-owned workplaces in the U.S. and Mondragon, Spain, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Procrastinator Theater in the Montana State University SUB. The film is free and open to the public. Dworkin and Young will be on hand to discuss the film following the screening.

"Good Food," a documentary about ways to increase the supply of local, sustainably grown healthy food, will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Bozeman Public Library, following a Good Food Fair, which begins at 6 p.m. The film's screening is also free and open to the public, and Dworkin and Young will also be available after the film is shown to answer questions.

Dworkin and Young are principals of Moving Images, a non-profit production company that has been promoting global justice and environmental protection since the late 1980s.

Jan Strout, an instructor in MSU's College of Letters and Science who helped bring the Seattle-based filmmakers to Bozeman, said she believes Bozeman audiences will relate to Young and Dworkin's work.

"Moving Images' body of work spans a variety of economic and environmental and sustainability issues and solutions from local and global perspectives," said Strout, who has also been involved in working with several national and international non-governmental organizations. "We think their messages will have resonance with our community and we're excited to have (Dworkin and Young) here in Bozeman." 

"Shift Change," which is Young and Dworkin's most recent documentary, focuses on employee-owned companies and what it means to workers and communities where they are located. "Shift Change" visits thriving cooperative businesses in the U.S. and Spain, sharing on-the-ground experiences, lessons, and observations from the worker-owners on the front lines of the new economy. To read more about "Shift Change," go to www.shiftchange.org.

"Good Food" documents the work of small family farms, farmers’ markets and other sustainable food systems in the Pacific Northwest , and showing that it is possible to make a similar system accessible in other regions of the country. The film features original music from nationally known cellist and composer Jami Sieber, plus Mark Graham, Los Emocionantes and Jack Knauer, and colorful urban and rural images. For more information, see http://www.goodfoodthemovie.org.

"Shift Change" and "Good Food" are just two of the many environmental and social justice documentaries that Moving Images' Dworkin and Young have made. Their previous productions have won prestigious awards from CINE, Houston, Media That Matters, Chicago, NW Film and Video, Women in Film/Seattle, Prix Leonardo, International Wildlife Festivals and many others. These films are in broad circulation in academic and community settings and have been broadcast nationally on PBS stations.  To learn more about the filmmakers, go to www.movingimages.org

The screening of "Shift Change" is sponsored by MSU’s Campus Sustainability Advisory Council, ASMSU, Colleges of Business and Letters and Science, School of Film and Photography, Offices of International Programs and Sustainability, Departments of Agricultural Economics, Health and Human Development, Native American Studies, Political Science, Sociology/Anthropology and the Women’s Center, Bozeman’s Community Coop, Public Library Foundation, Film Festival and Western Sustainability Exchange.

"Good Food" is sponsored by the Bozeman Public Library and MSU’s Campus Sustainability Advisory Council, ASMSU, Colleges of Business and Letters and Science, School of Film and Photography, Offices of International Programs and Sustainability, Departments of Health and Human Development, Native American Studies, Political Science, Sociology/Anthropology and the Women’s Center,  Bozeman’s Community Coop, Public Library Foundation, Film Festival and Western Sustainability Exchange.

 

Doug Young (406) 994-5622, djyoung@montana.edu