SOUTH CENTRAL FARM: Oasis In A Concrete Desert
Covers the high profile controversy over the South Central Farm in Los Angeles, the largest urban garden in the country. The story includes the benefits of urban farms, celebrity tree sitters, citizen supporters, dramatic evictions of farmers, rarely told developer's defense and updates on farmers efforts to continue to sustain themselves, physically and spiritually. Celebrity activists include Daryl Hannah, Joan Baez, Julia Butterfly Hill, Martin Sheen, Willie Nelson.
This documentary tells the true story of the high profile controversy involving poor farmers and their supporters, including celebrity tree sitters, the developer and the City of Los Angeles over the South Central Farm, the largest and most bio-diverse urban farm in the U.S. It includes a rare interview with the developer and highlights the farmers determined efforts to stay connected to the land after eviction and bulldozing.
The film focuses on farmer leaders Rufina Juarez and Tezozomac, as well as celebrity tree sitters such as Daryl Hannah, Joan Baez, John Quigley and Julia Butterfly Hill, and other supporters such as Martin Sheen and Willie Nelson who brought international attention to the issue. KPFK host Lila Garrett, head of a committee dealing with race issues at the farm, speaks movingly at a press conference. Others interviewees include Green Party leader and former Santa Monica Mayor, Mike Feinstein, on roller blades during a colorful farm parade in Santa Monica and Don White, human rights spokesperson. Other supporters include Linda Piera-Avila, Marion Nestle, author of “Politics of Food.”
Includes footage by Daryl Hannah and Academy Award winner Haskell Wexler.
Director: Sheila A. Laffey
Producer: Geoffrey Pepos, Shelia A. Laffey
Executive Producer: Jodi Evans, Sheila A. Laffey
DP: Jeff Forster & footage by Haskell Wexle, Daryl Hannah & Michael Kuehnert
ED: Geoffrey Pepos
Featuring Daryl Hannah, John Quigley, Tezozomoc, Julia Butterfly Hill, Rufina Juarez, Martin Sheen, Willie Nelson, KPFK host Lila Garrett, Joan Baez, Tom Morello, Rosa Perez, Marion Nestle (”Politics of Food”) and a rare interview with developer.
Run Time: 24 minutes