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Two Berry College student-made films to be screened at RIFF Nov. 9-12

Backyard Chickens

"Backyard Chickens"

Two Berry College student-made films have been selected for screening at this year’s Rome International Film Festival.

“Rise ‘N Shine: CSA Story” was written and directed by Emmie Cornell of Chattanooga, Russell Maddrey of Aiken, South Carolina, Maggie Midkiff of Macon and Jake Hager of Leesburg. The film provides a unique insight into the entire production and distribution process of one the largest Community Supported Agriculture farms in Georgia, the certified organic Rise ‘N Shine Farm.

The documentary showcases planting, harvesting, packaging and loading of vegetables at the farm, then follows the produce boxes to the community pickup site and on to join a CSA family as they convert their Rise ‘N Shine bounty into meals in their kitchen.

  “Backyard Chickens,” was written and directed by Miller Hollstein of Duluth, Matt Bentley of Salem, Virginia, and Joe Torkelson of Satellite Beach, Florida. The film introduces the viewer to backyard chicken owners and local residents who were forced to get rid of their backyard flocks. It explores the implications of the chicken ban legislations and re-frames the issue as it relates to food security and sustainability.

The films emerged from an anthropology and environmental studies course taught by Berry College Associate Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies Brain Campbell. The students learned how to film, write and direct their own documentary shorts under Campbell’s guidance.

 The Rome International Film Festival will take place Nov. 9-12 in downtown Rome at the DeSoto Theatre and Rome City Auditorium. For more information and to purchase a pass, please visit online at www.riffga.com.