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Wednesday, December 31 1969

2013 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival

All Things Local

 3rd place 2013 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival

Submitted by: Andy Morris-Friedman

I always have my little pocket camera with me and like to record public events like the party for the new All Things Local Store in Amherst. When I studied video production back in college in the 1980’s just the recording deck weighed 50 pounds and cost $4000 dollars. As part of my schooling I made a commercial for the college food co-op that my teacher didn’t like saying it was “…too gonzo.”  He particularly hated the sequence of zoom outs I used a cut-a ways. While editing this video 29 years later I realized I was re-making a new color version for this new co-op. 


Ashfield Farmers, Then and Now

Runner up 2013 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival

Submitted by: David Fessenden

As a means of gathering  material for Ashfield's third edition of the town's history, thirty eight farmers, past and present, assembled in a barn on Steady Lane and asked to reminisce about the last fifty years of Agriculture in Ashfield as well as access how our local 'farmscape' might adjusted for the future


Barn on the 4th of July

Submitted by: David Fessenden

Ashfield neighbors join together to raise the barn Will Elwell built for the Gabrial family in Ashfield. Although the finish carpentry took another two months to complete, the pre cut timber frame sections were raised in the traditional fashion without a crane or power equipment in one long day's toil.  There was no party afterwards, we were all too weary.


Business Steps Toward Renewable Energy

Submitted by: Nicholas Aguilera and Roman Sweeney

Business Steps Toward Renewable Energy visits five prominent companies to discover their passion for using sustainable resources while helping the bottom line.    Both Adams Farm and Hunt Farm have leased some of their land for Solar Farming.  Red Apple Farm installed a wind turbine four years ago and solar panels recently to have mother nature help offset their energy consumption.  When building a new warehouse, Pete's Tire Barns wanted to have a very small carbon footprint.  They use geothermal energy and are on their first phase of solar power.  L.S. Starrett Company uses an 100-year old concept of water turbines with new technology to have the most efficient means of keeping the costs down.  A more in-depth interview for each business can be viewed on Athol-Orange Community TV. 


Coop Concerts: A Musical Collective

Submitted by: Elijah Rottenberg

Local musicians band together to bring a free summertime music series to Greenfield  Building on teamwork and shared experience the Coop musicians have established a solid base from which to establish themselves as artists, aiding not only each other's careers but also enhancing the community around them.


Cooperative Values

Submitted by: Drew Hutchison

Coop Values is a documentary film which seeks to inform the audience about the core values that all cooperatives share. Drew Hutchison interviewed several members of the local community who have been active in cooperatives, about what the values mean to them.


Energy Tips

Submitted by: Janet Masucci

The video is quick interviews with local people and businesses about easy ways to  reduce  reuse and recycle.




Food Waste is Too Good to Waste: Commercial Composting in Franklin County

Submitted by: Amy Donovan and Felix Lufkin

Franklin County is a leader in commercial composting; 15 public schools in Franklin County, including 5 public high schools, send all food and paper waste from cafeterias and kitchens to local composting facilities. Events such as the Franklin County Fair, the Green River Festival and the Heath Fair compost large volumes of food and paper waste using bins and signs borrowed from Franklin County Solid Waste District. Many local restaurants, markets and businesses are also saving money and helping slow climate change with commercial composting. Commercial composting goes way beyond the backyard bin by accepting a wide range of food and paper waste.  Most of the compostable waste is sent to Martin’s Farm in Greenfield, a family business. Bear Path Farm in Whately and Clear View Composting in Orange also accept compostable waste from town transfer stations and schools.


Free Harvest Supper

Submitted by: Scott MacPherson

This film, produced by a collective of volunteers, talks to the people involved with the preparation of the Greenfield Free Harvest Supper.  The event, held annually on the Greenfield Town Common is entirely run by volunteers, all food served is donated by local farms and farmers.



Grow Food Northampton: Three Years Later

Winner 2013 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival

Submitted by: Trey McCain

Grow Food Northampton originally formed as a listserv among a group of concerned citizens who wanted to preserve a 180 acre tract of farm land slated for development.  Successful collaboration with the City of Northampton and the Trust for Public Land preserved the land, from which Grow Food Northampton, as a newly incorporated non-profit, bought 121 acres to create a sustainable community farm. Since then, four separate farms and the Florence Organic Community Garden have taken root. This is the story of how far they have come.


Hadley in Pictures: Then and Now

Submitted by: Andy Morris-Friedman

Hadley recently had it’s 350th anniversary of it’s founding and I got to video many of the events that were part of the celebration. One of the highlights was a town Photo contest, held at the Summit House on Mt. Holyoke. This video was created using many of the photographs submitted for the contest and served to promote the show on our local cable TV station. I had just learned to use I-movie, and hadn’t yet figured out how to use the “Ken Burns” effect. I currently live in the building that was the Roosevelt School house, featured in the video. My photograph of the Ct. River flood won 4th prize.


Massachusetts Farm

Submitted by: Josh Baum

Massachusetts Farm is a portrait of agriculture in the Pioneer Valley. Images collected frame by frame on Super 8mm film create an impressionistic experience of the shapes, patterns, and textures that become iconic to those who call the Valley home. The camera discovers inherent geometries, plays with light and shadow, and animates inert machinery. The film revels in the beauty of the harvest in this vibrant community; one that has proven that small-scale local farms can be a viable, sustainable alternative to conventional industrial agriculture. 


River Valley Market Composting and Recycling

Submitted by: Jessica Tanner

In 2014 the state of Massachusetts plans to ban commercial entities that generate at least 1 ton of organic waste a week from sending their discarded food to landfills or incinerators.  If they don’t compost on site, their options would be sending it elsewhere for use or processing, such as to a composting or animal feed operations, or to a facility that uses anaerobic digestion to convert food waste into a biogas that produces electricity and heat.  After finding out about the Recycling Works program through the Center for Eco Technology, which provides support for businesses that want to compost and recycle, Jessica Tanner began a series of videos showing model businesses composting and recycling to be used as an educational tool for those businesses out there that have not yet set up a composting and recycling system.  This is the first video in that series.   


The Other Side of Single Stream

Submitted by: Jessica Tanner

In general when cities and towns switch from dual stream recycling to single stream recycling: the percentage of waste recycled goes up.  But there is also data that indicates that much of the material collected for recycling is too dirty to be used by many processors and ends up going to landfills and incinerators. Lynne Pledger – Solid Waste Director for Clean Water Action, and Peter Rakelbusch and Jessica Tanner, both Northampton Reuse Committee members, were intrigued to take a tour of the National Fiber plant in Belchertown, a business that requires clean recycled feedstock, to get a better understanding of why single stream recycling causes problems for some businesses.  


The Recent Excitement in Ashfield

Submitted by: David Fessenden

In the fall of 2011, the Ashfield Select Board grew mired in an investigation of sorted allegations made by the police force against their chief.  A perfect storm ensued, formed from egos and fate, and the spectacle dragged on over the better part of a winter. In an effort to preserve its objectivity, the film has no dialogue after the call to order, allowing the story to unfold only visually.  It has been suggested that this video in not really just about a unique incident, or even a single town, but rather about the political discord plaguing our nation at large.