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Wednesday, December 31 1969

2012 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival

Director: Alicia Ralph

This region uses a lot of fossil fuels for home heating and in transportation fleets (school buses, dpw and other fleet vehicles).  Peter MacAvoy, ReEnergizer Founder, collects used cooking oil from regional restaurants and after processing, turns the product over for biodiesel production. Lynn Benander, Manager of Co-op Power and Northeast Biodiesel, is...

Director: Daria Fisk

"Community Resilience: Greenfield, MA" highlights a variety of people in Greenfield talking about what community resilience means to them.  Included are people at the Farmer's Market, the Just Roots farm outside of town, the Stone Soup Café, and demonstrators on the town common.  From farmers to entrepreneurs, to homeless people, we hear first hand how...

Winner-2012 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival

Submitted by:Deb Habib, Seeds of Solidarity

Grow Food Everywhere is the mantra of Seeds of Solidarity, a family farm and non-profit organization in Orange MA that provides people of all ages with practical skills to grow food and use renewable energy. Low on budget and big on the authentic voices of youth and community in...

Director: Felix Lufkin

Help Yourself!, a volunteer group in Northampton, introduces their vision of public fruit trees and gardens, and this fall's project goals for permaculture plantings along the Nagel Bike Path Connector and in Pulaski Park.

Director: Jamie Theophilos

Montview Neighborhood farm, Northampton's first community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm, not only provided a public space on conservation land but also used sustainable agriculture techniques to reduce the use of fossil fuels in it's local food production. In December of 2011, Montview farm lost it's license to the city of Northampton. Here nor there...

Director: Rob Deza

This is the story of Harry Melendez, a proud Holyoker, A product of the Holyoke Public Schools and post-graduate of suffield Academy.  Harry went on to be an All-American football player at Trinity College.  After the unexpected loss of his mother in 2008. Harry used her love and example to dedicate himself to his community: the great City of Holyoke. In...

Submitted by: Linda Sarage, The Recover Project

"Just Press Play" is a short documentary created during a film making workshop, facilitated by Digital Eyes Productions, by individuals in recovery who have awakened to a new way of life. The film features several vignettes of members of the RECOVER Project, a Greenfield peer recovery community and resource center, discussing how choosing...

Director: Rob Deza

Nuestra Raices is a grass roots non-profit organization that is based out of Holyoke, Ma. Nuestra Raices which means 'Our Roots' represents the strong agricultural ties and story that the Puerto Rican community has here in Holyoke. Today, Nuestra Raices has grown to become a large organization, one that is considered "a national model on how to develop sustainable...

Director: Roger Conant

In Pelham our Transition Town group has wanted most of all to build community in our small rural town. Our film shows neighbors helping neighbors in construction of a greenhouse, a kiwi trestle, and a wicking bed garden. We have done more but didn't get it into the movie!

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