Soil and Wine at the Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Symphony of the Soil was invited by Michel Blanc of the Fédération des Producteurs Châteauneuf-du-Pape to present the film at the famous Cinema Utopia in Avignon, France. Another sold-out screening of passionate people talking about wine, food and of course soil! Director Deborah Koons Garcia was joined by geologist Georg Truc and agroecology specialist Karim Riman for a special presentation of the film, right next to the Pope’s Palace in Avignon.

CInema Utopia’s director Patrick Guivarc’h presented the film to an enthusiastic crowd of winegrowers and winelovers as well as ecology experts and people excited about soil and the possibilities of regenerating the earth’s precious resource.

Director Deborah Koons Garcia with a glass of Chateauneuf-du-Pape at the reception before the screening

Director Deborah Koons Garcia with a glass of Chateauneuf-du-Pape at the reception before the screening

Dublin and Desireland


Kathe Burt-O'Dea and Deborah Garcia at the Lighthouse screening in Dublin

Kathe Burt-O’Dea and Deborah Garcia at the Light House screening in Dublin

It’s been almost two years since we first spoke with organizer Kathe Burt O’Dea about bringing the film to Dublin. Her organization, Desireland, a research based consultancy that focuses on the socio-cultural relationships that influence human well-being as related to the built environment and the promotion of integrated healthcare systems, was interested in screening Symphony of the Soil as it relates to many of the projects – including SPUDS (Sustainable Potatoes United Development Study), the Bi ProjectThe Lifeline and The Sitric Garden.



We had a sold-out screening with quite a long waiting list, so for those who didn’t see the film at the beautiful Lighthouse Cinema, they can rent the film online from our website. Sold out screening of Symphony of the Soil – Theater 2 at the Light House Cinema.

Symphony of the Soil in Theater 2 of the Lighthouse Cinema Dublin (sold out screening)

Symphony of the Soil in Theater 2 of the Light House Cinema Dublin (sold out screening)


Symphony of the Soil at Ballymaloe

IMG_1550Director Deborah Koons Garcia in front of the Ballymaloe Grainstore.

We had a wonderful time at Ballymaloe which houses a beautiful country house, famous cookery school, and most recently added, the fabulous Grainstore, where we showed Symphony of the Soil to a packed house on October 8.

We toured the cookery school with Tim Allen, who showed us the organic farms and gardens – with a special tour of the compost!


The evening was a wonderful success – with a packed Grainstore full of folks passionate about soil and our food system.


Rory O’Connell and Deborah Koons Garcia at the Grainstore event co-hosted by Slow Food East Cork.




SOS at The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen Tech Fest

IMG_1479Symphony of the Soil at The James Hutton Institute – A wonderful place with incredibly passionate soil enthusiasts! The James Hutton Institute houses Scotland’s National Soils Archive at the Aberdeen campus and are doing innovative, interesting things that are accessible and available to the public! The James Hutton Institute‘s acting Chief Executive, Professor Colin Cambell presented Director Deborah Koons Garcia at a special screening during the Aberdeen Tech Fest today.


Scotland loves its Soils

On the road with Symphony of the Soil. Director Deborah Koons Garcia presented the film in Biggar and Edinburgh to well-receiving audiences who were enthusiastic and passionate about saving our soils! Thank you Dr. Janet Moxley, the Soil Association Scotland, Learning for Sustainability Scotland, and The James Hutton Institute for supporting the film and promoting soil consciousness.

DeborahGarcia_BiggarPoster for Symphony of the Soil in Biggar, Scotland, where she presented the film to the local community with Dr. Janet Moxley, September 29, 2015.

DeborahGarcia_EdinburghUniversityDeborah Koons Garcia presenting the film to a passionate crowd at the University of Edinburgh, September 30, 2015.