Community Cinema Screens Dirt! The Movie in New York

Posted on March 22, 2010

Last night, Community Cinema hosted a screening of the Independent Lens film Dirt! The Movie in New York City's Central Park. The film looks at how industrial farming, mining, and urban development have endangered soil and resulted in cataclysmic droughts, starvation, floods, and climate change. New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is presenting five Independent Lens documentaries this season as part of the Community Cinema line-up. Find out what happened at the event from Christina Dookwah who helped organize the event.

The screening was packed with people eager to hear from Bill Benenson, co-director and producer of Dirt! The Movie, and William Bryant Logan, author of the book on which the movie was based. Dirt! The Movie tells the story of Earth’s most valuable source of fertility –– its soil. Experts from around the world who study dirt –– and developed a beneficial relationship with soil –– were interviewed in the film. We were fortunate to have two experts join us for a post-screening discussion about the critical issues highlighted in the film. 

Bill Benenson, who has more than 30 years of producing and directing experience, has worked on such documentaries The Marginal Way, Diamond Rivers, as well as the critically-acclaimed narrative film Mister Johnson. He gains much of his inspiration for his work from once serving in the Peace Corps and as an initial investor in Seeds of Change. He is also active in the National Resources Defense Council, Rainforest Action Network, and Ploughshares. Our other panelist, William Bryant Logan, is founder and president of Urban Arborists, a leading tree care firm and is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. His book, Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth inspired the documentary. Be sure to come out to Community Cinema screenings either in New York City or one of the 60 plus locations nationwide. It's a great opportunity to meet others in your community and get a sneak peek of what's coming up on Independent Lens

-Christina Dookwah New York City Department of Parks & Recreation


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