Skip to main content

Al Gore at the Castro

Before Al Gore had his own documentary, he was a judge at a film festival in Nashville.  He liked the winning film, The Real Dirt on Farmer John so much, he gave Farmer John a tour of his own farm at introduced the film in San Francisco.

You can see it tonight, Tuesday, June 13th on many PBS stations (check local listings on this site which also has more on the show) as part of Independent Lens.

Al Gore at the Castro

All the screenings of the documentary were sold out last year at the San Francisco International Film Festival (where it won for best bay area doc), so I didn't see it until the Green Film Fest held as part of World Enviromental Day just over a year ago.

Al Gore sat just a few seats from me (the photo is pretty dark) as he was introduced by Carl Pope of the Sierra Club.  Then Gore gave an intro to the film in the kind of style you see in his own film, with passion and humor.  

Taggert Siegel, Farmer John, Terri Lang

I met Farmer John a couple of days briefly  at a reception for the festival a few days earlier (and was able to talk to him more at a party later last year).

If you aren't able to see it on PBS or want to show the full version to people you know (the tv version is shorter), you can sign up to be notified when it is released on Farmer John's site (he also has written some books).

He was Community Supported Agriculture near you and subscribe to support local farmers.  

And educate yourself on farm issues. The farm bill will be up for reauthorization next year.  Christopher Cook's Diet for a Dead Planet which just came out in paperback is a good place to start (his site has lots of good resources).

And remember to check your local PBS listings, KQED here in San Francisco isn't showing it until next Tuesday (they are showing a financial show with Jonathan Pond instead).

Originally posted to ari on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 02:57 PM PDT.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  one of the big secrets... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    we're losing topsoil all over the farm belt.  Good loess soil.  Also depleting good aquifer in areas requiring irrigation.

    "The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which all other rights are protected." --Thomas Paine

    by billlaurelMD on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 03:27:33 PM PDT

  •  Loved "Real Dirt" (0+ / 0-)
    It's a wonderful documentary - thanks for posting this diary!

    I saw the premier at the Green Business Conference in SF last November.

    Roger Ebert highly recommends it also.  

  •  Thanks for the heads up (0+ / 0-)

    As a Wisconsin girl, I need to watch this, and haven't had a chance until now.

    I've heard nothing but good things about this film.  Farmer John sounds like quite a character!

    Friends don't let friends consume High Fructose Corn Syrup. HFCS is evil--ask me why!

    by DrFood on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 04:46:40 PM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site