“65 is the average age of farmers, and there are not enough young farmers to replace them. How did we get here?”**
In the summer of 2015, Eva Verbeeck asked me to join her on a trip throughout the Pacific Northwest to produce a short film on young farmers, that would accompany her photo story for a variety of publications. Having spent much time WWOOFing on organic farms, I knew the importance of this mission. So we loaded our iPods with old bluegrass music and set off in a 1990 Nissan truck, heading from Portland to British Columbia. We offered our labor in exchange for room and board at the farms that we made it to.
This film is an attempt to express some of the thoughts and feelings of the young farmers that we stayed with. Hopefully a little bit of justice was done for all the young farmers out there.
Infinite gratitude to all of the farms that hosted us this summer and kept us filled with organic produce and warmth:
The farmers narrating this film (in order of appearance):
- Claire Jutras (Earth Candy Farm)
- Alyssa Belter (Plenty Wild Farms)
- Kate Rustemeyer (Hoe Down CSA at Tulaberry Farm)
- Ellis Hroch (Earth Candy Farm)
- Black Twig Pickers and Steve Gunn - "Old Strange" (CC Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License)
- Chris Zabriskie - "Another Version of You" (Licensed CC-BY)
- Nicolas Jaar/Vera Remember - Essential Mix/Last Night Together
4 short recipes that show the use of Filo & brick dough.
film by Michael Roulier & Philippe Lhomme
action Mary Campbell Bouron
food styling Emmanuel Turiot
recipe written by Picard
client DDB for Picard
edited by Bruno Herlin
assistant : Thomas Nagabbo
music & sound design by Pierre Michaud
objects by Sylvie Bagros
Introducing Cooking Channel spot, featuring urban farmer Regina. Written, interviewed and post-produced by myself; edited by Corey Weisz; directed by Daniel Fries; shot by Toshiaki Ozawa. Made at Leroy + Clarkson.
Overseas news once reported it is a pleasure to live in Hong Kong due to a short commuting time to and fro between urban areas and suburbs. Ironically, it is a fact that Hong Kong scores very low in the Happiest Cities Chart. Happy or unhappy has become figures with intended purpose. In Hong Kong, we enjoy total convenience to come and go from the suburbs. Yet, farm land ceases to exist anymore with the capitalized urban development in full speed. The farmer’s identity becomes vague. “Land and house” as well as “identity and job” turn out to be an index, a stereotype. Larry the farmer only wants to work as a farmer, his favorite thing in life. That is happy life is all about. The only thing which grants him a good night’s sleep is well-being and happiness. The daily life of Larry is a mirror to let us rediscover the social development and city life of Hong Kong, to allow us to rethink the meaning and pursuit of happy life.
The photo exhibition was held in 2012 and the photo album was granted an award in the First Photo Album Contest. Now the short documentary film is completed as a summary of the Hong Kong part. After the Hong Kong session, we hope to take one step forward by kicking off an Asia tour. We want to observe how the farmers in Asian cities are being affected by urban development and how they keep on going under a capitalized world. We have been embracing high hopes in Taiwan, a one hour flight from Hong Kong. Similar to Hong Kong, more and more Taiwanese are going back to nature to pursue a farming journey. We have heard many stories about Taiwanese who rediscover the virtues of good life in retreating to farm work. It is our resolution to inspire the locals to rethink, to understand more about the dynamism between city and individuals thus embracing the values of life.