AFTER WINTER, SPRING, a film by Judith Lit
In partnership with Alliance Française of Washington, Institut Français, Goethe-Institut, and the National Family Farm Coalition, this special event screening will be preceded by a dessert tasting from our favorite local spots and followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and local farmers. Filmmaker Judith Lit is also available for interviews.
Award-winning feature documentary AFTER WINTER, SPRING, will have a special event screening at the Avalon Theatre (5612 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC) on Monday, May 4 at 8:00pm. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and local farmers. The event will be a partial fundraiser for the National Family Farm Coalition, and is presented in partnership with the Alliance Française of Washington, the Institut Français, and the Goethe-Institut as part of their “Forging the Future” series.
The evening will be sweetened by a spread of desserts donated by our favorite establishments on Connecticut Avenue from DuPont Circle to Chevy Chase Circle: Bread Furst, Nora’s, Firefly Farms, Keswick Creamery, Bread & Chocolate, Firehook Bakery & Coffee House, and Green Plate Catering. The pre-screening tasting will begin at 7:45pm.
ABOUT THE FILM
One hundred years ago, half of the population of France were farmers. Now less than 3% farm. In the Périgord, a rural community fears they may be the last generation of family farmers in a region continuously cultivated for over five thousand years. Filmed over four years, AFTER WINTER, SPRING captures the roots of farm-to-table and the tenacity of a people who have taken one season at a time for generations.
The farmers’ stories are recorded by one of their neighbors, an American filmmaker who grew up on her family’s farm in Pennsylvania. Inter-weaving her story and theirs, the film explores the nature of the farming life and the impact of rapid modernization on families whose survival is tied to the land. As the farmer’s stories unfold, we see their responses to change…the losses and the surprising adaptations. AFTER WINTER, SPRING reveals the human story of family farming at a turning point in history.
The film was chosen to tour in France as part of the Mois du Documentaire and has played to sold-out screenings in numerous festivals including The Seattle International Film Festival, The Environmental Film Festival in the Nations Capital (Washington, DC), The International Ecological Television Festival “To Save & Preserve” (Russia), and many more. The film has won a number of awards including: the Audience Favorite Award (Mill Valley Film Festival), Best Foreign Documentary (Arizona International Film Festival), Jury Award (Caméras des Champs Festival in France) and was chosen as one of the Best of Festival at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR, JUDITH LIT
After a childhood spent on her family’s farm in rural Pennsylvania, Judith graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications. She began her filmmaking career as Associate Producer of internationally acclaimed Dark Circle, winner of a National Emmy, the Grand Prize at Sundance, and a Certificate of Special Merit from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Judith went on to produce and direct other award-winning films, including Voices from the Classroom, and As Seen on TV. In addition to her production work, she served as director of the San Francisco Women on Screen Film Festival, has served on the jury of the San Francisco Film Festival and the American Film Festival. Judith recently completed, with Jane Weiner and Anne Kunvari, L’agriculture biologique: cultivar l’avenir?, a documentary produced by Arte France about organic farmers in Burgundy. For the last 18 years, Judith has divided her time between New York City and a small farm in the Périgord region of southwestern France.
ABOUT THE “FORGING THE FUTURE” SERIES
Organized by the Goethe-Institut and the Alliance Française Washington in relation to the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change in December 2015 in Paris, this series of events aims to contribute to innovative discourses for a better global future. Exhibitions, workshops, film programs and a website will highlight possibilities for a global culture of sustainability. Forging the Future is supported by a generous contribution from the Elysée-Fonds for German-French cultural programs abroad.
Tickets: aws-dc-screening.eventbrite.com or cash/check at the door; using discount code AWSnffc12 lowers ticket price from $15 to $12.
For more information on AFTER WINTER, SPRING: www.afterwinterspring.com
Film trailer: https://vimeo.com/63988204
Facebook: www.facebook.com/afterwinterpspring / Twitter: @afterwinterdoc