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.

Film subject  David Vetter.

Film subject David Vetter.

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

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.

After the film, participate in Q&A, and learn about meaningful action opportunities with film subject David Vetter; Sue Crothers, representative for River Forest Sustainability Commission; and Kathy Harget of Green America. Facilitator: Susan Lucci, 2Big4Words and Co-Founder, Global Purpose Guides. Also engage with action and project ideas through Deep Roots Project. Green America, River Forest Sustainability Commission. Director Bonnie Hawthorne and film subject Allison Vetter will also be in attendance.

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.

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.

After the film, participate in Q&A with: Bonnie Hawthorne, film director, along with David Vetter and his daughter Allison Vetter, film subjects. Facilitator: Jodi Trendler, The Resiliency Institute. Also engage with action and project ideas through: Kathy Harget and Jillian Semaan of Green America, Alex Poltorak of Urban Canopy, Noel Rozny of The Nature Conservancy, Lisette Media and Chelsea Callahan Huson of FamilyFarmed.

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

After the film, participate in facilitated audience dialogue to explore the film's topics, connections, and opportunities for action. Facilitator: Willard Williamson, Windsor Park Evangelical Lutheran Church. Also engage with action and project ideas through Ray Bell of Faith in Place, Jenya Polozova of Food & Water Watch, and Gelasia Croom of The Nature Conservancy.

Be sure to visit the art exhibit “Grappling With A Luminous Doom,” in the Simmerling Gallery either before or after the film. Five artists (
Sharon Bladholm, Jennifer Cronin, Victoria Fuller, Elaine Miller and Brian Ritchard) meditate on the mystery, magic and beauty of our planet, and humankind’s detachment from nature’s wisdom.

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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