Napa Opera House screening and event

Symphony of the Soil will be screening at the Napa Valley Opera House
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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6:00pm – Reception in Cafe featuring wines from Demeter-certified Biodynamic® vineyards and food from local GE-free vendors supporting Label GMOs Napa County.

Vendors and sponsors include Demeter-certified Biodynamic® Vineyards, Label GMOs Napa County, Frog’s Leap Winery, Charbay Artisan Distillery & WineryLa Toque,  Teeeny Tiny Coffee CompanyAtlas Peak Olive Oil, St. Clair Brown Winery, Ca’ MomiSilverado Cooking School, Boca Farm, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, and Foodshed Pizza and Pasta.

7:00pm – Symphony of the Soil screening

Q&A with:
Producer/Director Deborah Koons Garcia
UC Berkeley Microbial Ecologist Dr. Ignacio Chapela
Frog’s Leap Owner and Winemaker John Williams

To purchase tickets and for more information:

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A special thank you to our Demeter Association and Label GMOs Napa County for their help with the reception and promotions.

A special thanks to Slow Food Napa Valley for helping get the word out about  the event!

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Director Deborah Koons Garcia Discusses Alternatives to the Industrial Food System


“Symphony of the Soil” director Deborah Koons Garcia

When it comes to agriculture in the 21st century, there are generally two types of farms. There’s the small, diversified and often organic operation, and then there’s the large, commercial, commodity agribusiness. While the organic farmer usually uses traditional methods of composting, planting cover crops and plenty of manual labor to keep the farm producing, the agribusiness relies on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, genetically engineered crops and heavy machinery to keep yields high. For the past several decades, most policy makers have subscribed to the philosophy that industrial farming is the only way to feed the world and view small-scale organic farms as more of a boutique trade. In recent years a new movement has challenged that wisdom.

In 2004, filmmaker (and widow of Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead) Deborah Koons Garcia delivered a blistering critique of the industrial food system with her documentary “The Future of Food.” Widely shown in environmental and local-food activist circles, the film documents the control the biotech industry has exerted over the global food system with the patenting of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) and the proliferation of large, industrial, monoculture farms. As a result, small farmers have been pushed out of business, the population has become dependent on food corporations, and the risk of an ecological calamity due to the lack of biological diversity and reliance on petroleum-based, toxic chemicals has increased exponentially. Garcia says if humans are going to survive, we’re going to have to get back to our roots.

“I’m a conservative,” said Garcia during a recent interview. “I want to conserve our seed supply. I want to conserve our culture, our small farms, and our small towns.”

Garcia’s describes her latest film, “Symphony of the Soil,” as the completion of a consciousness-raising project she began over a decade ago with “The Future of Food.” Her new documentary is a compelling study of our relationship to the soil, the “living skin of the earth.” Garcia breaks soil down into its most basic components, from glacial clay and coral fragments to wind-blown and water-dropped sediments. As the film notes, 75 percent of soil is formed by such transport. It is then enriched with millions of tiny organisms, creating the “interface between geology and biology,” a cycle that has allowed humans to find sustenance from the land since the very beginning.

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Bay Area support

We at Lily Films work with community groups to ensure that our screenings are a success. Recently the following groups have been helping us promote our San Francisco screening at the Roxie on Saturday September 28th at 7pm.

Thank You…

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We appreciate the love, support and help promoting our event.

Symphony of the Soil at The Roxie in San Francisco
Saturday, September 28 at 7:00pm
Producer/Director Deborah Koons Garcia and UC Berkeley Microbial Biologist Dr. Ignacio Chapela in attendance for a Q and A.