FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Producer James LaVeck firstname.lastname@example.org
FINGER LAKES ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS NEW YORK STATE PREMIERE OF AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY BY ITHACA FILMMAKERS
Thursday, April 14 at 7 PM, Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green St. in downtown
A riveting story of awakening conscience, Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home offers a rare glimpse into both the moral struggles of farmers and the emotional lives of farm animals
Film trailer at http://www.peaceablekingdomfilm.org
Ithaca, NY � For the last 18 months, local filmmakers Jenny Stein and James LaVeck have taken their newest documentary to film festivals across the country. They have screened Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home to standing-room-only audiences from The Berkshires to Boulder, and from Orlando to Sausalito. Along the way, the film has won several top festival awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Canada International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Yale Environmental Film Festival, and the Best Documentary Award at Chicago�s Peace On Earth Film Festival. But Stein and LaVeck have yet to show the film closer to home -- until now.
On Thursday, April 14, at 7 PM, the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival will be hosting the New York State premiere of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, screening at Cinemapolis. Afterwards, the filmmakers will be joined by one of the film�s subjects, Harold Brown, for a dialogue with the audience. Brown, a former beef farmer from Michigan who experienced an inspiring transformation in his relationship to animals, is also a local resident, having moved to Hector in 2004. He currently works at Greenstar Coop and also runs a non-profit organization called FarmKind, through which he gives talks around the country about global agricultural issues and creating peace through our food choices. Admission for the event is $9.50 ($8 for seniors & students), and includes a reception following the film and Q&A, to be held at Delilah�s On Cayuga. Tickets can be purchased the evening of the event at Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street in Downtown Ithaca.
"Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home was one of the first films we curated for our downtown screenings at Cinemapolis,� says Patricia Zimmerman, co-director the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. �It has exquisite production values and was made by nationally recognized filmmakers who just happen to live in Ithaca. The film asks us to consider the complexities of the constantly evolving relationships between farm animals and humans as an emotional ecology that needs attention, care, and consideration. It pushes us to think differently about the environment--and that's what FLEFF is looking for."
This will be the third film of Stein�s and LaVeck�s that FLEFF has shown over the last decade, and for the filmmakers it�s a highly anticipated reunion. �So far, we�ve reserved all our Ithaca premieres for FLEFF,� says Stein. Adds LaVeck: "It's great to have an internationally respected environmental film festival in our home town which seeks, as we do, to encourage awareness of the impact of our decisions on others, as well as the power we have as individuals to make a positive difference in the world. To be able to come together with so many members of this community, which has empowered our work in so many ways, feels like a homecoming of the best sort.�
A 78-minute documentary, Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home shatters stereotypical notions of farming life. LaVeck explains, �Most of us are unaware of the painful initiation many farm kids go through when, like Harold, they discover they must choose between their natural empathy for the animals under their care, and their desire to be accepted by their family and community, both of which expect them to participate in taking the lives of individual animals they have nurtured."
�Our goal was to sensitively and accurately portray this moral struggle,� adds Stein, �while also providing a rare glimpse into the emotional lives of farm animals. The way the animals communicate their individuality and their unmistakable caring for each other turns out to be one of the most commented-upon aspects of the film.�
When the film premiered at the Moondance International Film Festival, festival director Elizabeth English said "Peaceable Kingdom truly is a journey of inspiration; a journey to an enlightened consciousness." The film went on to win the Colorado-based festival�s Best Documentary award.
Milissa Pacelli, Director of the Peace on Earth Film Festival concurred: �Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home is a a grand wake up call. You would have to be so numb to not be affected by this film.�
�It�s been heartening,� says Stein, �to see the peace and environmental communities so enthusiastically embrace this film, extending their ethic of non-violence and compassion to the other beings who share the planet with us.�
Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home has been an official selection in 14 film festivals in North America, including the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation�s Capital, the St. Louis International Film Festival, the Anchorage International Film Festival, and the Princeton Environmental Film Festival. It has also screened at the Cleveland Institute of Art and at Seattle�s Egyptian Theater.
About director Jenny Stein and producer James LaVeck
About film subject Harold Brown
About the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival