Our 2013 (third annual!) Truck Farm Garden Contest delighted us with unexpected ways to plant seeds. We want to share a few of the highlights:
This year’s winner was 7-year-old Ava Appleton, shown below with her golden friend. Ava transformed a shopping cart into a mobile garden parked outside of her elementary school in Minnesota.
The shopping cart was planted with hay, and a garden in a cat litter pan was added to the lower level. Soon, others students at Ava’s school added a sled farm and a wagon farm to the tableau, and eventually Ava’s cart was joined by over 20 gardens planted in recycled containers. She started a movement!
For Mary Luongo in California, a tiny sunflower seed took root in a discarded wine crate. She plans to plant tomatoes next.
Below, high schooler Mykin Lopez planted these super cool “Garden-A-Gallons” for the Feast on the Street food festival in Phoenix, Arizona.
Eleven-year-old Julia Hogendorf in New York is growing her own colorful sprouts in a crayon box on her windowsill.
Thanks to all who entered!
Not long ago we had the pleasure of traveling to a Bosnia and Herzegovina (“the BiH”), where we were hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, to show THE CITY DARK and TRUCK FARM and speak on issues of energy efficiency, sustainability, and advocacy.
With our inimitable host and guide, Cultural Attaché Sunshine Ison, we held screenings and talks at American Corners—small libraries created to help increase understanding between Bosnia-Herzegovina and the U.S. by making available all kinds of books, magazines, and films about America. We also visited schools in Tuzla (Bosnia’s “Salt Lake City”, in the northeast) and Banja Luka (on the lovely green Vrbas River, in the northwest) to lead workshops, show films, hear from students, and meet up with local film festival organizers.
on the road in Bosnia
talking about Truck Farm in Tuzla
cheerful (and energy-efficient!) school windows in Tuzla
with our Cultural Attache and American Corner host in Sarajevo
Ian even managed to meet up with some local amateur astronomers and catch the Transit of Venus from high in the hills outside of Sarajevo.
Also posted in The City Dark
Thanks to everyone who entered and helped spread the word about our third annual Truck Farm Garden Contest! Special thanks to our judges, Michael Pollan and Marion Nestle.
First place, with a gift certificate for the Seed Savers Exchange, goes to Karlie Cole of Minnesota. Karlie wrote, “Inspired by Truck Farm – but with no truck and no sun except on the driveway – my Prius became a greenhouse!” Check it out:
Second place, with a Truck Farm DVD and trucker hat, goes to Steve Madewell of Maryland. Steve created a vertical LEGO garden:
Steve wrote, “I’ve been experimenting with ways to encourage children and families to invent their own methods of growing fresh food at home, regardless of where home may be… It turns out LEGOs drain fairly well, are easy to reconfigure for plant growth, and most plants don’t seem to mind being grown in and around toys.”
So much creativity! Keep on planting.
It’s been a busy past couple of months for the Wicked Delicate team! And it’s about time we share a few highlights:
In September, one of WD's new projects in development, THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO, had a terrific week at the prestigious Independent Film Week in New York, and the WD team is planning further film shoots. Stay tuned as the project progresses! (Photo taken by collaborator Jennifer 8. Lee during a Wicked Delicate filming trip to Taiwan last year)
In October, THE CITY DARK made its Middle East premiere at the vibrant Abu Dhabi Film Festival. It was an honor to share the stage and screen with so many fantastic filmmakers from all over the world! While in Abu Dhabi, Ian and Wicked Delicate producer Amanda Murray visited Masdar City to do some filming for another work-in-progress, THE GREENING OF QATAR, about sustainable building projects in Qatar and the Gulf region.
Later in October, Ian traveled to northern Italy to teach a course on food and the media at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, founded by Slow Food in 2004. Ian taught students working toward Master's Degrees in Food Culture and Communications.
The Truck Farm enjoyed some much-needed fall pruning!
Last month, after a screening of THE CITY DARK hosted in London at the BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank, Ian spoke on a panel with environmental lawyer Gwion Lewis, Bob Mizon of the Campaign for Dark Skies, Martin Morgan-Taylor from the International Dark-Sky Association, and David Elvin QC. The venue, turnout, and audience response were terrific! Thanks to Landmark Chambers for organizing and hosting a great event. (Photo courtesy of Landmark Chambers)
Ian traveled to Washington, DC, to accept a 2011 Heinz Award alongside long-time collaborator Curt Ellis. The award recognized their humor-infused documentary films and innovative advocacy work around food, sustainability, and the environment. (Photo by proud dad Bryan Cheney)
THE CITY DARK's community and theatrical runs are going strong. Here's a shot of the quirky Colonial Theatre in Belfast, Maine, where THE CITY DARK got a warm welcome in November.
…And on that last note, we’re thrilled about THE CITY DARK’s San Francisco theatrical premiere this TUESDAY, December 6, at the San Francisco Film Society. Don’t miss it!
Audiences and hosts at the Port Townsend Film Festival a few weeks ago gave a warm welcome to screenings of TRUCK FARM and THE CITY DARK. A true highlight of the festival weekend was a visit from Truck Farm Seattle! Thanks to our farmers, Kathy and Todd, and their 1972 Ford for making the trip! (Check out more photos on our TRUCK FARM Facebook page.)
Ian with Seattle truck farmers Todd and Kathy at the Port Townsend Film Festival
TRUCK FARM and THE CITY DARK make another festival appearance in tandem this week at the Environmental Film Festival Melbourne, and today the Wicked Delicate team is thrilled to head to the United Arab Emirates to show THE CITY DARK at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
For other upcoming festival and theatrical screenings, check our Wicked Delicate screenings calendar–updated frequently!
This weekend, September 23-25, THE CITY DARK and TRUCK FARM screen at the Port Townsend Film Festival in Washington.
THE CITY DARK:
Friday, 9:30am, Uptown Theatre
Sunday, 6pm, Pope Marine Theatre
Saturday, 6pm, PS Free Cinema
Sunday, 12:15pm, The Rose
But first, TRUCK FARM screens September 21 in Moscow, Idaho. Thanks to our hosts, the Moscow Food Co-op and the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre!
To host a screening of THE CITY DARK or TRUCK FARM in your community, visit our Wicked Delicate Screenings page, or email Laura Tolkoff at [email protected]
Ian and Curt were guests on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir show last week, talking about the Heinz Award and their work with FoodCorps and Wicked Delicate. Check out the interview here!
Ian miked up for the Martin Bashir show
Ian and Curt co-founded Wicked Delicate Films in 2006, and this year, Curt began devoting most of his energies to running FoodCorps. For their collaborations in film and food advocacy, they’ve won a 2011 Heinz Award!
From the press release:
Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis have sprinkled humor and possibility into an otherwise somber sustainable food movement with their documentary films and innovative advocacy that reaches millions of Americans. At 31, they are the youngest individuals to win a Heinz Award.
Read more at: http://www.heinzawards.net/recipients/ian-cheney-curt-ellis
Head on over to Amazon to pick up (no pun intended) a home-use DVD of TRUCK FARM. Educational DVD coming soon. Check out the trailer:
Want to host a TRUCK FARM screening in your town? Visit our Screenings page to learn how.
Since its world premiere at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in January 2011, TRUCK FARM has been honored by some great awards. Thanks to all who have watched and voted so far!
Jury Honorable Mention - Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Jury Award and Audience Award - Green Film Festival in Seoul
Best Green Film - Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Most Uplifting Film - Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival
Official Selection - Mountainfilm in Telluride, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Want to host a TRUCK FARM screening? Visit our Screenings page to learn how.