Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by because of the Lowell Sun article and the blog links, Facebook posts and tweets that followed – welcome!
This weekend has been an exciting one here in Lowell – the second annual Lowell Film Festival. The theme of the festival was “Food, Fair Trade and the Global Economy”. The theme made for an interesting mix of films – I was able to see three. Friday and Saturday nights’ headline films, The Garden and Battle in Seattle, were both very interesting and thought-provoking.
Battle in Seattle is based on the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle and it stars quite a few big-name actors. It didn’t have a wide theatrical release, probably because of its political content, but it’s available on DVD – I definitely recommend it.
The Garden was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 and it follows urban farmers in South Central Los Angeles and their struggle to keep their farm. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t say any more about the movie except that it is a must-see. It has also given me my new favorite curse word – JAN PERRY – after the LA Councilwoman (used to describe someone who is being a pest, as in “You’re being such a JAN PERRY! Stop it!” or “That’s so JAN PERRY of you!”).
My favorite of the films that I saw during the festival was Tableland (the link doesn’t seem to be working), it was by-far the most cheerful. I saw it at Life Alive, a local organic cafe. The place was packed!