Dirt! The Movie – Lawrence Ks. May 24th

Films for Action and Local Burger present:
Dirt! The Movie
at Liberty Hall, in Lawrence May 24th



“If you eat….soil is your business”
Michael Ableman
·       What: Films For Action & Local Burger present: “Dirt! The     Movie” followed by a panel discussion

·       Film: 7-8:20 p.m., Monday May 24th

·       Panel Discussion: 8:20-9:20pm

·       Where: Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., Lawrence

·       Tickets: $3 at Liberty Hall box office

·       Movie running time: 86 minutes

·       Panelists: Prominent soil/climate scientist Charles W. Rice; farmer and activist Paul Johnson; farmer and activist Barbara Clark; ethnobotanist and KU professor Dr. Kelly Kindscher

·       Refreshments: Free Food from Local Burger: bison meatballs, veggie burger bites, smoked tofu fries (all local) plus organic hummus and veggies. 

“Dirt! The Movie,” a 2009 film by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and has been featured on the PBS series, “Independent Lens.” Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, the film demonstrates the value of soil and threats to its wellbeing. The film’s many luminaries include Kansan Wes Jackson.

·       Charles W. Rice is a University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University specializing in soil microbiology in the Department of Agronomy. Rice teaches courses in soil microbiology and has conducted long-term research on soil organic dynamics and other topics. His recent research has focused on soil and global climate change. Rice served on the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was among scientists recognized when the resulting report won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Rice is president-elect of the Soil Science Society of America and chair of the Commission on Soils, Food Security and Public Health of the International Union of Soil Sciences. He serves on numerous other state, national and international research and policy groups. Rice is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
·       Paul Johnson is a founding member of the Rolling Prairie Farmers Alliance, one of the largest multifarm CSAs in the Midwest. He has been farming for decades and is active in promoting sustainable agriculture and addressing poverty issues.
·       Barbara Clark is working to protect the largest continuous mass of class 1 and class 2 soils in Douglas County, Kansas. She and her husband, David Clark, operate Maggie’s Farm, where David combines Local Burger scrap and sheep manure from Maggie’s Farm to make compost. Barbara may arrive late because she will be attending a city planning meeting that evening, and the agenda there includes discussion on the future use of land containing the high-quality soil in Grant Township. 
·       Dr. Kelly Kindscher is an Associate Scientist for the Kansas Biological Survey. He is Courtesy Associate Professor of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies Programs at Kansas University. Kindscher’s research focuses in ethnobotany, the study of the cultural use of plant materials. His current projects include: the Native Medicinal Plant Research Program, Conservation Planning for Echinacea Species, Echinacea Mapping Project, and Flora of the Yucatan.


·       Films for Action is a Lawrence-based nonprofit dedicated to expanding the public discourse by presenting and lending independent films. Films for Action believes that independent media is essential to a healthy democracy.

·       Local Burger is a fast-food restaurant whose fare is fresh, organic, local and sustainable, whose brainchild, chef, and owner is Hilary Brown. The snacks are Sunset Ridge Bison buffalo meatballs with Anthony’s Beehive honey barbecue sauce, World’s Best Veggie Burger Bites and sauce, Central Soy Foods’ smoked tofu fries and sauce as well as organic hummus and vegetables.


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