Food For Change is a work-in-progress documentary about food co-ops, local economies, and food security. The film focuses on the role food co-ops play in communities and gives an historical backdrop to the current cooperative movement by examining the growth of co-ops during the 1930’s and the 1970’s.
This project began when award-winning filmmaker and co-op member Steve Alves was asked to make a film for the Franklin Community Co-op. Alves uncovered many historical films and stories about the increase of cooperatives following the stock market crash of 1929 and throughout the Great Depression — achievements which were later thwarted when consumerism and the cold war prevailed as dominant economic and social forces. Food co-ops re-emerged from the tumultuous events of the 1960s as an alternative to factory farms and corporate grocery chains.
Considering the resurgence of food co-ops today and their mission to educate members and the general public, it became apparent a much larger story could be told if other co-ops joined in.
$120,000 has been raised to date from 66 co-ops in 26 states. $180,000 is needed to complete the film. Oryana is helping to support this film and has also supplied historical photos of our co-op. So maybe we will be famous! They hope to to complete the film in time for the 2012 United Nations’ International Year of Cooperatives.
You can watch the trailer for the film here: Food for Change