In this issue: Food For Change: Twin Cities wins award from the United Nations. Project update, funding news.

Project Update

Steve Alves

Steve Alves, Producer / Director
Franklin Community Co-op Member since 1993
Greenfield, Massachusetts

Great News! Our film about food co-ops in the Twin Cities was selected as a Winner of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) Short Film Festival held at the UN headquarters in New York City last month. Several co-op leaders, myself, and members of my crew travelled to New York to receive the award.  We produced this 15-minute film—a chapter from the feature-length film Food For Change to gain advance publicity for the feature film to be released in Spring 2013, and to show strategies to expand the cooperative movement in the United States and throughout the world.  Our efforts are also a way of thanking our project's sponsors, who we believe are honored to see our country's food co-ops represented in an international forum.  
  Terry, Steve, Gail, and Suzette at the UN
Co-op General Managers Terry Appleby (NH), Gail Graham (MN), and Suzette Snow-Cobb (MA) at the UN with film producer Steve Alves

Here's a link to the United Nations award-winning  Food For Change:The Twin Cities Story, a chapter from the full-length movie. Please contact me if you would like a high res version to show to larger groups. 

You can listen to NPR's Morning Edition Extra story about the film and the UN event and a video interview with me discussing Food For Change and my other films.

To see photos and films clips of the United Nations awards ceremony and recent news stories about Food For Change, please visit the film's Facebook page  

Now onto the main event: finishing the full-length movie.  To date we have raised more than three-fourths of our budget. Only $64,000 remains. The remaining funds are for promotion, distribution, rights licensing as well as animation, graphics and music score. Without the remaining funds the film will reach only a fraction of its potential audience. Of the 94 co-ops contributing to the project, 34 Principal Sponsors have contributed 62% of the amount raised; the remaining 60 have contributed only 23% of the amount raised. We need a higher level of participation from more co-ops to ensure that this engaging educational film about cooperatives doesn’t wither on the vine once completed.
Consider making a contribution or increasing your co-op’s contribution to ensure that we make the highest quality film possible and reach the widest possible audience. As we head into the final phase, it is important to the success of this project that we have the funds needed to finish Food For Change and then to use the film as a tool to build more cooperative economic systems.  

Get On The Map - Become A Principal Sponsor

Thanks to GreenStar Coop of Ithaca, NY  who recently became a Principal Sponsor of Food For Change. This brings the total number of Principal Sponsors to 34.  The goal is 50 Principal Sponsors, which would be 15 percent of the 300 food co-ops in the U.S.

Our calculations show that 16 more Principal Sponsors will attain the remaining $64,000 needed to complete and distribute the film. 
Check to see if your co-op is on the map.

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