Several Sunny WOAO? Screenings for March and April!

FOGlogoWe have some exciting news to share about upcoming WOAO? screenings in several sunny locations March and April–a screening tour in FL with our outreach partner, Florida Organic Growers, and the Going Green Film Festival in Los Angeles!

gefaf2WOAO? will be part of the first annual Gainesville Environmental Film and Arts Festival, March 19-28. Screenings of the best environmental feature and doc films will be taking place inside the Hippodrome State Theatre, while there will be an Environmental Fair with community events such as Eco Tours outside! The festival will be screening WOAO? on March 24th at 8:25 pm followed by a panel discussion with Shelley and WOAO?’s own Marty Mesh! We’re excited to meet and greet Marty’s home-town crowd!!

foodandthoughtThen on March 31st, Florida Organic Growers will be sponsoring a free screening of WOAO? in Naples, FL at 4:30pm at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. A panel discussion with Shelley, Marty (who is also Executive Director of FOG) and Frank Oakes owner of Food and Thought Organic Market and Restaurant. FOG also invites guests to a fundraising dinner at Frank Oakes’ restaurant following the screening. Come on by or invite your Naples neighbors!

fffBefore we leave Florida, though, remember WOAO? will be kicking off Florida Film Festival‘s Food Focused Film weekend in Orlando, FL on April 10th. We’ll have a mini farmers market and lots of fun happenings planned, so we hope to see you there!

goinggreenREthink, REplenish, REcommit is the motto for the Going Green Film Festival that is taking place on April 2-4th in Los Angeles, CA. The festival focuses solely on green filmmaking, from content to production. Chipotle will be awarding a prize to the film that best matches their philosophy of “eco-friendly food with integrity” on April 4th during the ECOtainment awards at the Writers Guild Theater…and WOAO? is honored to be under consideration for the award!

And be sure to check out First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, which aims to eliminate these food deserts and bring affordable, quality, nutritious food to everyone.

And take a gander at the Agricultural Justice Project’s Standards–they’re accepting comments until April 25th, so be sure to let them know you care about social justice issues in organic agriculture…

Now these are things all eaters can get excited about : )

Till the next time.

Good Eats!


November Newsletter


Well, it has been a while since you’ve received an update, but the last few months have been exciting and fruitful as we move towards finishing the film. We are in the post-production phase, working with our talented editor, Emily Paine. She has been diligently cutting away, making beautiful sequences of each of the characters. We are thrilled to have her on board!

I have also been on a couple of last shoots: John Gorzynski’s apple harvest upstate, a workshop that Florida Organic Growers conducted for conventional growers considering transitioning to organic, and the NODPA Field Days and Listening Session with the USDA on the newly-published, long-awaited “Access to Pasture Proposed Rule Change.” We are excited that this new development is finally happening!

We have also recently had various press opportunities. I was interviewed on KSVY Sonoma 91.3 and was asked an array of questions, including what inspired me to make WHAT’S ORGANIC ABOUT “ORGANIC?” and who our audience would be. We’ll be adding a link to the program on our website as soon as it’s ready!

In addition, we had a visit from Ting Fan from an NGO called the Tzu-chi Foundation (in Chinese, “tzu” means charity and “chi” means compassion). It was quite a new experience being the interview subject, but her questions and interest made me realize that our film is not just for American audiences—it has the potential to reach and inspire audiences worldwide!

Find more information on the Tzu-Chi Foundation here:

Also, check out our new photo gallery on the website! We’ve got some nice production stills fresh from the farm!

While we are in the final stages of completing the film, we must continue to raise funds throughout the coming months for the finishing touches. Please help us do so by continuing to spread the word about our film, and referring your friends and colleagues to our website for donations.

We are truly grateful for your continued support and enthusiasm for the film. Stay bundled—one of the farmers in FL told us it’s going to be a cold winter (he’s noticed more acorns on the ground this year!)…



“What’s Organic About ‘Organic’?”