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“Defending the earth means safeguarding biodiversity, the landscape and farming. Those who haven’t seen the importance of farming haven’t understood anything!”
Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Join us at the Cleveland International Film Festival

Slow Food Northern Ohio is proud to sponsor the screenings of two films in the upcoming Cleveland International Film Festival, March 19-29 at Tower City Cinemas.

The Road Ahead: The First Green Long March, directed by Ryan Wong, tells about the Green Long March project in China involving hundreds of enthusiastic university students who fanned out across China to spread the good word of environmental awareness.

Homegrown, directed by Robert McFalls, is the inspiring true story of a family “living off the grid” in the heart of urban Pasadena, California. They harvest over 6,000 pounds of produce on less than a quarter of an acre, while running a popular website that is known around the world. The film is an intimate human portrait of what itʼs like to live like “Little House on the Prairie” in the 21st Century.

McFalls will travel to Cleveland to present his film at CIFF. “When I heard about the Dervaes family I became certain that there was a human story behind the headlines about global warming or buying organic produce”, says McFalls. “I wanted to find out what it takes to live the life of an environmental pioneer. I don’t wish to simply glorify or romanticize their way of life, however. I want to show that along with the positive benefits there are also sacrifices. Truly living by your ideals can have costs. I believe that recognizing the hardships the Dervaes have faced makes their work all the more inspiring.” Visit Homegrown to view a trailer and learn more about the film.

These films will screen as a double-feature on the following dates:

Thursday, March 26th @ 2pm
Sunday, March 29th @ 4:40 pm

Note: Plans are in the works for a Slow Food Northern Ohio dinner event following the Sunday, March 29 screening. Stay tuned for further details.

To purchase tickets, please visit Cleveland International Film Festival. Tickets are on sale now.
SLOW FOOD MEMBERS & FRIENDS: Save $2 on tickets to ANY film at the festival by using code "SLOW" when you purchase tickets online at; by calling 877.304.FILM; or at the festival store located at Tower City Cinemas.
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