Seeds of Time
June 1, 2014
|12:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||
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Director Sandy McLeod and subject Cary Fowler scheduled to attend
June 2, 2014
|6:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
An obsession with perfecting farming has inadvertently threatened the wellbeing of global food security. The compelling and timely debut feature from Sandy McLeod is, in her words, “about someone who saw a disaster in the making and was able to do something about it.” That someone is crop diversity pioneer and conservationist Cary Fowler, who received funding from the Gates Foundation and others to found the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in 2008. The steel compound deep in a Norwegian Arctic mountain is the first of its kind, built to last 1,000 years and to withstand even nuclear war. Its purpose is to save the original seeds that global communities have relied on for centuries for survival. For decades, Fowler has been swimming upstream, fighting our fixation with creating the cheapest, most productive farming systems. McLeod catches up with where Fowler is today in his work to protect the future of crop production. It depends upon the choices we make. The current agricultural norms seem to engender the climate change that’s systematically hampering our ability to sustain life. By conserving seeds—the one resource we can’t live without—Fowler wants to encourage collaboration as a human race. His focus is on the visionary science that naturally springs from our planet, rather than the politics of those wielding power over the one thing we need the most: our food.
Sandy McLeod is a director with extensive experience in filmmaking, especially in the realm of music videos. She has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Luther Vandross, Roy Orbison, and the Talking Heads, among others. McLeod worked with director Jonathan Demme and cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth on the Talking Head’s acclaimed concert film, Stop Making Sense, and her short documentary Asylum was nominated for an Academy Award.
Sponsored by UW Center for Global Studies, The Essential Baking Company
|Running Time:||77 minutes|
|Editors:||JD Marlow, John Walter|
|Website:||Official Film Website|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|
|Language:||Spanish, English, Quechan|