Dirt the Movie at Conscientious Projector

Conscientious Projector is hosting a free showing of Dirt the Movie in Tustin, CA this weekend (Sun., Nov. 9, 5 pm), which I plan to attend.

Here’s the Soul at Home location website with the Tustin address if you’re nearby and want to see the film.

There will also be a showing Wed., Nov. 18, 2009 at 7 pm at The Claremont Forum in Claremont, CA.

To encourage the filmmakers, RSVP at the Dirt the Movie site.

I hope their commercial theatrical release opens wider than Food, Inc.’s, which I caught at one of the few showings in a small theater in Culver City. Dirt the Movie is also available for pre-order on DVD online.

I noticed the existence of the film from an ad in Documentary magazine, which also features a story about ‘Joe Berlinger’s “Crude” Awakening’ under the big headline “Oil Change” on this month’s cover.

Dirt! the Movie (there’s an exclamation mark supposed to be in there), from what I gather from the engaging trailer, which you can see at their site and also at YouTube (embedded below), covers the damage that large scale mechanized agribusiness has done, including topsoil erosion, pollution and loss of soil fertility.

The trailer hints at a permaculture-ish organic no till and maybe forest garden alternative as solutions. I agree with that, but perhaps in order to scale up and feed the world, smart mechanization with farm robots weeding without herbicides and pesticides could plant, tend and harvest polyculture crops with better vision and object recognition systems. Engadget featured something that might be a first step in that direction last week. Here’s an ongoing Georgia Tech Growbot Symposium blog.

The film was an official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and a winner at the 2009 Mendocino and Maui film festivals. Here’s an excerpt from the movie’s online description:

DIRT! the Movie–narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.”

See the YouTube trailer for Dirt! the Movie.

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