Three filmmakers from the Northwest Territories received exciting news this week and some recognition — a $20,000 grant from The Redford Center and a nod in The Hollywood Reporter.
Three filmmakers from the Northwest Territories received exciting news this week and some serious recognition.
Food For the Rest of Us is the name of a yet-to-be-released documentary that looks at farming — and living off the land — as activism.
And this past week, it got a big boost — a $20,000 grant from The Redford Center in the United States. The Redford Center was co-founded in 2005 by American actor Robert Redford and his son James Redford. It produces and funds projects that showcase environmental and climate justice, according to its website.
The film also got a nod in The Hollywood Reporter, an American entertainment news outlet.
The three women behind the project, director Caroline Cox, and producers Jerri Thrasher and Tiffany Ayalik, are from the N.W.T. The feature film is an extension of Wild Kitchen, a documentary show airing on Northwestel Community TV, which Cox and Ayalik worked on. All of its cast and crew are from the territory.
The idea behind Food For the Rest of Us is that farming or harvesting is an act of resistance, Cox says.
“If you’re in a marginalized community it’s generally like an oppressive system,” she said. “So the idea that if you’re growing your own food, then you have control of your destiny a little more acutely, I guess you could say.”
Cox says they found five stories from across North America and they are now in the post-production process of the film.
Caroline Cox and Tiffany Ayalik filming the sunset in Hawaii. (Kiarash Sadigh)
The stories include one of a Black urban farmer in Kansas City, Kan., doing outreach in his community, helping kids grow their own food. They also shot a story in Hawaii last fall at an organic farm, where students can get school credit for…
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