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Growing Cities: A film about urban farming in America
Growing Cities, a new documentary film about urban farming in America has the opportunity to be broadcast on PBS nationwide this fall — if the filmmakers can raise the funds to make the broadcast possible.
InGrowing Cities, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette travel the country, visiting everything from rooftop farms to backyard chicken coops. They discover urban farming is about more than simply good food. It’s about growing stronger and more vibrant communities, too.
Growing Cities has been an official selection at more than 25 film festivals and screened in more than 200 communities worldwide. A national PBS broadcast would give the film exposure in millions of homes across the nation.
The hurdle the filmmakers now face is to raise $30,000 to sponsor the film’s airing nationally on public television this fall.
“We are so thrilled for this opportunity,” Susman said. “We’d love to continue encouraging people to plant a seed and grow wherever they are. But we need help. We’re young independent filmmakers, so we really depend on others to get this message out there.” They’re enlisting help across the globe by running a Kickstarter project. Their project, which launched June 9, will run for 30 days. It’s the second Kickstarter the team has run; the first, in 2012, was the most successful Kickstarter project ever run in Omaha, NE.
Since Kickstarter is all or nothing, the project must meet its goal of $30,000 by July 9 for the filmmakers to receive any of the funds pledged.
“If this Kickstarter is successful,” Susman said, “we believe this is the chance to spread the Good Food Movement further than ever.”
Learn more about their Kickstarter here. The film must raise $30k in 30 days.