Gesa Power House Theatre presents the Walla Walla premiere of “SEED: The Untold Story” on Wednesday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. The film’s co-director and co-producer Jon Betz, a Walla Walla native, will attend and participate in a talkback session following the screening.
“The most essential, illuminating and enraging film since Food, Inc. “
-NYC Movie Guru
“This is a gorgeously made film, put together with as much care as it’s subjects devote to saving the remaining varieties of seeds.”
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. “SEED: The Untold Story” follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. The film features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.
The film, which includes Academy-Award winning actor Marisa Tomei among its executive producers, has received numerous awards:
ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD – Sheffield Doc/Fest; GREEN PLANET AWARD – Rhode Island FF; BEST DOCUMENTARY – Nashville Film Festival; BEST IN FESTIVAL – Princeton Environmental; AUDIENCE AWARD – American Conservation Festival; OFFICIAL SELECTION
IDFA – Best of Fests; BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – UN Film Festival; ECOHERO AWARD – Portland EcoFilm Festival; AUDIENCE AWARD – Lunenberg Doc Fest; BEST FEATURE FILM – Tutti Nello Stesso Piatto; AUDIENCE AWARD – San Diego Film Festival; HONORABLE MENTION – Cine Eco Portugal; BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM – Et Cultura Festival; BEST DOCUMENTARY – Lunenberg Doc Fest.
Jon Betz is an emmy-nominated, award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. He is the co-director and co-producer of SEED: The Untold Story and the producer and editor for QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (2010). QUEEN OF THE SUN was critically- acclaimed during it’s U.S. theatrical release and heralded by The New York Times as “Revelatory! A Critic’s Pick” His previous film, MEMORIZE YOU SAW IT (2008) journals his experience as an aid worker living with former-child soldiers in Eastern Uganda. Betz is a Fledgling Outreach and Engagement and Lab Fellow, a Britdoc’s GOODPITCH alumni and a graduate from Rhode Island School of Design. He is the director of Collective Eye Films, a non-profit media production and distribution organization based in Portland, Oregon.
General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students, including ticket fees) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. RSVP on Facebook