In 2013 TPT’s Daniel Pierce Bergin produced a companion program to Dave Kenney and Thomas Saylor’s book Minnesota in the 70s. It contained a six minute segment on the Co-op Wars, featuring some great film and photos of the co-ops in the mid-70s, including part of an interview with Annie Young (one of our interviewees)...
On May 10, 1972 3,000 people, mostly University of Minnesota students, protested the mining of North Vietnamese ports. Some tore down fences, flipping a car and coming into conflict with riot police at the scene. Susan Shroyer, who had been instrumental in the People’s Pantry, the predecessor to the Twin Cities’ first natural food co-op, was there with her 8mm camera, and she shared her dramatic footage with Radical Roots.
Today Radical Roots: The Story of a Food Revolution launches our 45-day crowdfunding campaign on Seed & Spark. We need to raise $12,000 for the music, animation, editing and color correction that will make the film come together.
What a weekend! We were honored to have two events put on for Radical Roots, one by Roberta & Lynette Malles at their home and another by Rob Ramer at Pangea World Theater. Both featured very thoughtful discussions about the history and future of the food co-ops as well as insight about the Co-op Organization (CO) from people who had been part of it for many years. There are so many lessons to be learned from the "Co-op Wars" about how to be effective activists for justice.
We’ve been accepted by Seed & Spark! What’s that, you say? Well, it’s not only a crowdfunding platform (like Kickstarter) specifically for indie film, but you can watch films on it as well. And get this: 80% of the revenues from people watching the films go straight to the filmmakers (that’s us, y’all). The call it Fair Trade Filmmaking, which sounds right up our alley.
It's great to see that Al Milgrom's DINKYTOWN UPRISING is finished and getting attention. Like RADICAL ROOTS, it involves a political struggle in Vietnam War-era Minneapolis involving food. In 1970, students rallied for direct action against the first fast food place in Dinkytown, and Al was there with his camera (it's hard to imagine Dinkytown as a fast food-free zone, huh?). I'm glad they're adding more screenings at MSPIFF, because I can't wait to see it!
We’ve posted a new trailer for our documentary-in-the-making, Radical Roots: The Story of a Food Revolution. Trying to boil down our film into a few minute summation was a struggle, especially since we are still at the very beginning of the process of editing and figuring out how best to tell the story.
Lately, I've been transcribing an amazing interview with Audrey Arner of Moonstone Farm, so I thought I'd share a small bit of the inspirational insights I've been enjoying:
“I think the growing awareness of the co-ops that wasn’t just about quality of food, it wasn’t just the range of food, but where it originates.
“Greeting to Food Freaks of Amerika from the funny-looking, counter-culture, over emotional, righteous, right-on, anti-intellectual, Maoist oriented food dealers of the North Country. - Dean Zimmerman, “Food Conspiracy in the North Country,” Changes, July-August 1972