CCA Presents Farms, Films, Food

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SANTA FE – The CCA, Farmers Market Institute and Street Food Institute celebrate the harvest with Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration.

The third edition of the community-oriented program “Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration” arrives Nov. 2 for food demos, community presentations, free films, gallery tours and low-cost meals provided by local vendors. The event is produced by the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute, the Street Food Institute and the Center for Contemporary Arts.

The November event includes food demonstrations; meals prepared by local chefs including the Street Food Institute’s David Sellers; gallery tours of the blockbuster exhibits “Robert Williams: Slang Aesthetics” and screenings of SEASONS, a follow-up to WINGED MIGRATION; and SEED, a new documentary exploring the power of and intense politics around seeds. SEED is directed by local favorite Taggart Siegel, who will take questions from the audience by Skype after the screening.

All events are free and open to the public thanks to underwriting in part by the Simon Charitable Foundation.


  • WHAT: Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration
  • WHERE: Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail
  • WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 2
  • 4-7 p.m. Food truck service
  • 4-6 p.m. Food demonstrations and activities in the CCA Munoz-Waxman Gallery
  • 6:30 p.m. Screening of SEASONS in CCA Studio 6:45pm: Screening of SEED in CCA Cinematheque
  • 8:15 p.m. Skype with SEED director Taggart Siegel About the film Seasons “Truly beautiful. Captures the poetry, humor and drama of wildlife” –The Hollywood Reporter

After traveling the world alongside migrating birds (WINGED MIGRATION) and diving the oceans with whales and manta rays (OCEAN), Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to more familiar ground: the lush green forests and megafauna that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age. Winter had gone on for 80,000 years when—in a relatively short period of time—the ice retreated, the landscape metamorphosed, the cycle of seasons was established, and the beasts occupied their new kingdom. It was only later that man arrived to share this habitat, first tentatively as migratory hunter-gatherers, then making inroads in the forest as settled agriculturalists, and later more dramatically via industry and warfare. The film’s exceptional footage of animals in the wild anchors an awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of humankind’s interaction with the natural world.

About the film SEED

  • “The most essential, illuminating and engaging film since FOOD, INC.” — Movie Guru Winner, Nashville, Sheffield, Princeton film festivals

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. The latest from Taggart Siegel (REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN, QUEEN OF THE SUN) follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 percent 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-v.-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. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel and is produced by Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) and Phil Fairclough (GRIZZLY MAN). (U.S., 2016, 90m)

The Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration events will each be designed to bring the Santa Fe community together to unique love of and dedication to quality food, world-class cinema and strong community. The vision is to create the context for communities to gather around prominent issues facing New Mexicans and to facilitate enriched dialogue on these issues while increasing the vitality of our local economy and society through education, food access and improved health outcomes. The producing organizations have committed to making substantial efforts to including Santa Fe’s diverse communities, with the goal of building stronger relationships; to create educational opportunities around the issues of food and health; to building collaborative energy between Santa Fe organizations; and to honor some of our local leaders and innovators in the realm of food and sustainability.

About the Co-Presenters

  • The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute 
  • The Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute advocates for farmers, ranchers and other land-based producers; provides equitable access to fresh, local food; owns and operates a year-round venue for the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market; and manages programs to help sustain a profitable, locally based agricultural community.

“The Institute is excited to see our Movies That Matter Film Series grow into this new collaboration with the CCA and the Street Food Institute,” said Kierstan Pickens, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute. “This new iteration of the movies series gives the community the opportunity to gather together to learn about important issues facing food sovereignty, health, and the environment while enjoying great locally sourced food and art.”

The Street Food Institute

  • The Street Food Institute works with young adults and emerging culinary students and practitioners to develop the business and technical skills to realize their entrepreneurial dreams. SFI students begin with hands-on training at SFI Food Trucks, where they learn how to make delicious and healthy food using sustainable business practices. Students are then encouraged to employ their skills in the community to innovate their own small businesses that provide more choices for nourishing, affordable local food.
  • “The Street Food Institute is excited to collaborate with the Santa Fe Farmers Market and Center for Contemporary Arts, two of the great organizations working in our community,” said Bear Nash, Assistant Program Director for the Street Food Institute. “We hope to create a space for community members to gather in celebration of food and film and have an opportunity to learn together and engage in dialogue on some of the important issues in New Mexico.”

The Center for Contemporary Arts

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts is an arts and culture hub for northern New Mexico’s diverse communities. Founded in 1979, CCA is one of the oldest artist-centered organizations in the American Southwest, committed to supporting emerging and established artists. CCA draws more than 55,000 visitors annually for exhibitions, independent films, performances, and education/public programs. Since 2009, CCA completed more than $2 million in capital improvements to facilities, including major renovations to our galleries and theaters.
  • “We are offering events as our gift to the Santa Fe community, as a chance to eat together, learn together and watch some wonderful films together,” said Jason Silverman, Cinematheque Director at the Center for Contemporary Arts. “In this age of fast-food diets and corporate, market-tested storytelling, we feel incredibly fortunate to live in a city with real pride in community and love of all things local, artisanal and independent.”

About CCA

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is an arts and culture hub for northern New Mexico’s diverse communities. Founded in 1979, CCA is one of the oldest artist-centered organizations in the American Southwest, committed to supporting emerging and established artists. CCA draws more than 55,000 visitors annually for exhibitions, independent films, performances, and education/public programs.

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