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Free Screening and Panel Discussion: “Co-op Wars” documentary
October 21 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Join us for a FREE online discussion of Co-op Wars
Watch the film, then participate in a discussion featuring its filmmakers!
Please watch the actual documentary before the event on Thursday. It’s available to stream NOW at the link below. To be clear, we will not be watching the film together on Thursday at 7:30pm. This has been inaccurate in some of the publicity, so we want to make sure there’s no confusion!
Thursday, 7:30pm Program:
- 7:30-7:35 Introductions
- 7:35-8:05 Panelist Discussion
- 8:10-8:30pm (or perhaps later) Q&A / Audience Discussion
- Ruth in our Marketing and Community Relations department will facilitate
Co-op Wars documentary, available to watch starting now. Please watch before the event on Thursday.
THE CO-OP WARS is a one-hour documentary that tells the story of the tumultuous early years of the Twin Cities’ natural food co-op movement, the largest in the US. The metro area’s co-ops are models of mainstream success, boasting seventeen locations and hundreds of millions of dollars in sales. Yet they were founded by young radicals pursuing revolution, not profit. Inspired by their experiences in rural communes and hippie collectives, they began a series of ever-expanding food retail projects that led to the creation of the Cities’ first natural food co-op. Its success sparked an explosion of food and other co-ops in the area, forming a cooperative economy unparalleled in the rest of the country.
Joining us will be the film’s Director, Deacon Warner, along with Erik Esse, Producer, and local co-op historian and radical thinker Spoon Agave.
Deacon Warner has produced over twenty short documentaries including the award-winning 56 and Peaceful Warriors: on the road with Vets for Peace. His most recent film, Bee-Sharp Honeybee, premiered at the 2018 Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival and played at numerous other festivals internationally. He has been the Youth Program Director at FilmNorth since 2008 and produces films for non-profits and artists.
Erik Esse has worked in film and television marketing and distribution at IFP MN (now FilmNorth) and the Independent Television Service (ITVS). His work in the food and co-op movements includes serving as director of the Local Fair Trade Network, as a staff member of Central Co-op in Seattle and North Country Co-op in Minneapolis, and as Organizer of the US Conference of Workplace Democracies, the Midwest Worker Cooperative Conference and the Farmworker Conference for Fair Trade.
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