Dreaming of a Vetter World

Bonnie Hawthorne/2018/77 min/Sustainable Food & Agriculture

Director Bonnie Hawthorne will attend Opening Night Parties on Friday, March 1.

CHICAGO-AREA PREMIERE. FILM DESCRIPTION: Donald Vetter grew up in Nebraska, farming 800 acres with horses. When he came back from WWII and learned about the new agricultural uses for wartime chemicals, Don enthusiastically embraced the Chemical Age. In 1953, he quit spraying, after realizing the chemicals didn’t deliver on promises and they were damaging his soil and killing farm wildlife. Since then, the Vetter farm’s most important “crop” was its soil. “Dreaming of a Vetter World” comes at a time when interest in regenerating soil has exploded worldwide. Others are realizing what the Vetters have known for decades: Soil is key to our very survival.

Teens and young adults encouraged to attend.

Director  Bonnie Hawthorne.

Director Bonnie Hawthorne.

Saturday, March 2, 7 to 9:30 p.m. [W Suburbs]
Good Earth Greenhouse, 7900 Madison St., River Forest

Q&A with Director Bonnie Hawthorne, lead subject David Vetter, as well as his daughter, Allison Vetter.

The 7-minute film “Estelle’s Story” will precede the feature film. This high school film by Kendall Dirks received an honorable mention in the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest.

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue.

Director  Bonnie Hawthorne.

Director Bonnie Hawthorne.

Monday, March 4, 6 to 9 p.m. [Central]
Great Central Brewing Company, 221 N. Wood St., Chicago
OEFF After Hours Event
Admission $20, includes reception at 6 p.m.
Film begins at 6:30 p.m.

Q&A with Director Bonnie Hawthorne, lead subject David Vetter, as well as his daughter, Allison Vetter.

Catch this brew & view at one of Fulton Market District’s most vibrant brewpubs. Enjoy Great Central’s celebrated beer as well as tasty bites. David Vetter himself will attend this event, as well as film director Bonnie Hawthorne. They will answer your questions after the film.

ADA compliant accessible venue.

Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. [South]
Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago
Admission $6

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Concessions available for purchase.

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