Independent, non-factory farming remains one of today’s most difficult, and most thankless professions. I should know – I grew up on working dairy farm. To pursue this lifestyle, which often demands long workdays and low pay, would require a true love of the land and valuing self-sufficiency over security. It also means becoming part of a dwindling community widely associated with conservative values and traditional family dynamics (farms are often passed down from one generation to the next). On March 30th, the Melwood Screening Room will present Out Here, a documentary about a group of individuals trying to change the face of agriculture for the better.
Out Here is a full-length documentary film created by the Queer Farmer Film Project. Completed after four years in production, it looks at the experiences of queer farmers across the country and asks – what does it mean to be a queer farmer, is agriculture a safe space for queer people, and what are the relationships between food production and queerness? It is the filmmaker’s dream that this project will give voice and visibility to queer people in agriculture and inspire a flagrant national discussion about gender and sexuality as they are related to our food system.
Doors open at 2 p.m. followed by the screening at 3 p.m. The event will include a director Q&A and a panel discussion. Admission is between $5 to $10.