Interview with Kristin Canty, director of FARMAGEDDON
HopeDance: 1. What was it precisely that inspired you to create a documentary on this topic of government raids?
Kristin: I learned about the raids when I got on the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund’s website [http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/], because I wanted to know what they did. There was a page that said, “What to do if you are a farmer, and you think you are going to be raided.” I read about the raids that had occurred and became outraged. I tried to tell people about it thinking that they would become outraged also. What I found, however, was that no one believed me that this was happening here in America. I was told that there must be more to the story, and that our government would not shut down a farm/co-op for supplying willing, private customers with foods of their choice. Other’s thought that there must really be drugs and weapons involved, and that I didn’t have all of the information.
I couldn’t seem to make anyone understand, and I couldn’t sleep at night because I found these raids to be such an injustice. So, as an outlet and in some attempt to try to help, I decided I had to make a documentary about this.2. Have you created a documentary before? Any prior film experience?
I had the amount of film experience necessary to make me feel comfortable starting this, and not enough to have had any idea how much work this would be or how much goes into creating a feature length documentary. Luckily, the film attracted very talented and experienced individuals who surrounded me and forced me to make this a very professional piece of work. It came out much better than I thought it would and I am happy with the final version.
3. Where did you search for information about the raids that you filmed?
I initially found the information on the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund website, and once I started the ball rolling the information came to me by word of mouth.
4. Would you agree that one of the main reasons for more and more documentary films coming on the scene is because the mainstream press is not doing its job of being an investigative 4th estate?
I did not want to make a documentary. I thought that if I could alert the mainstream press about the fact that farms were getting raided at gunpoint that it would be a huge news story. I was very disappointed to find out that I was wrong.
5. What do you hope to gain by creating this documentary?
My biggest hope is that enough people see it and become outraged like me. I hope that the public pressure and the fact that we are supposed to be living in a free country stops these misguided attacks on our local, healthy foods and the people producing them.
6. Do you think that this type of film can help bring together the anti government movement with the local foodies movement?
I have no idea what this film will accomplish, if anything. The film doesn’t try to convince anyone to eat any particular way or any particular foods. It advocates freedom of choice and the ability to purchase foods from the people we know without government shut downs or heavy-handed intervention.
To see the trailer of this film please visit: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/926
This film wil be screened in SLO on June 15th: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/06/15/5349
This film will be screened in Santa Barbara (WITH THE FILM DIRECTOR) on June 23rd, 7pm. For details please visit the site at: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/06/23/5333
In Ventura we will be screening it in July… with a possible skyped interview with the director.
In Simi Valley, there will be a screening on June 24th at the local Library. For details, please email: [email protected] .