Slow Cinema presents Brookford Almanac

We will present the documentary film Brookford Almanac in an evening that celebrates farmers and the food they create at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) 973 Islington Street, Portsmouth NH 03801 on Saturday, October 4 at 4pm, doors will open at 3.45. Admission is $5 for Slow Food Members, and $10 general admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance online here, but seating is limited so you are encouraged to book early!

brookford_almanac_frame copyBrookford Almanac chronicles a year in the life of Luke and Catarina Mahoney who are young, first-generation farmers living their dream of running a biologically diverse farm and organic dairy in New Hampshire. As with many first-generation farmers, they lease their land as they work to build a successful business. But hardship strikes when they learn the lease on their farm will not be renewed and they are forced to look for land in a new community.  This documentary is cinema verité at its best, capturing a year in the Mahoney’s lives as they tirelessly work the land, raise their family, and pursue their dreams of farming. The Mahoney’s story is one of old rituals, new practices, and the future of the American farmer. Luke and Catarina Mahoney will participate in a Q & A after the film, sharing behind-the-scenes stories, and giving us an update.

Created by filmmaker, Cozette Russell and her producer husband, Julian, this film tells the story of a family, and a farm very close to the hearts of many in the Seacoast. Russell’s work often explores the relationship between people and land. She studied filmmaking at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in film, video and new media. She is currently the Program Coordinator at The Film Study Center at Harvard University and lives in Lee, New Hampshire.

Prior to the local film, three award-winning shorts from the Real Food Media Contest will be screened as part of the Real Food Media Pop-Up Festival that is happening across the country. “We were approached by Real Food Media and asked if we wanted to join our fellow Slow Food chapters across the country in presenting some of the winners from their recent competition,” explains Slow Food Seacoast board member Catherine Stewart. “Film is IMG_3230such an excellent medium to explore the realities of our food industry, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to pair some of these international short films with a very special local documentary.” This event will run as a first in SFS’s new Slow Cinema series that aims to highlight local, national and international food issues, explains Stewart. “We plan to show more films in the future that celebrate, question and document the food we eat. There’s lots more in store next year.” More news about future screenings, and other events will be available on the Slow Food Seacoast website soon.

As part of the evening of films, there will be a reception featuring cheese from Brookford Farm. You can purchase your tickets in advance with a credit card online or cash/check only at the door. However space is limited so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.