David Lippman, General Manager
It’s important to understand the values of co-ops that preceded us. That’s why we’re investing in this movie. We are a direct offspring of the so-called “old wave” of the 1970s, whose story this movie tells. In our early years, we received tremendous help and support from Associated Cooperatives, who understood that our new, natural foods co-op was a kindred spirit. They supported us, nurtured us, and helped us to succeed. Food For Change honors their legacy and the continuum of cooperative principles which has driven cooperative movements through the last two centuries.
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Erbin Crowell, Executive Director
2012 will be an immense opportunity for our food co-ops to tell our story. The United Nations’ International Year of Co-ops is an unprecedented occasion for us to communicate our difference and present our vision for a healthy, just and sustainable food system, rooted in co-operation.
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Interviews with Co-op Historian David Thompson.
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Co-ops and the Environment
Co-ops and Local Economies
Building a Better Soceity
Co-ops in the 1960s and 1970s
2012 – Year of the Cooperatives
Co-Producer Rob Hagelstein gives update on ramp-up of production and editing. Marketing Manager Allie Mentzer reports on Food For Change Director Steve Alves’ keynote speech to the Linden Hills Co-op’s annual member meeting. Erbin Crowell, Executive Director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, reports on Steve’s presentation of the film at the NFCA member meeting.
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Director Steve Alves provides update on 38 new co-op contributors. Interview clips released of eminent co-op historian David Thompson. Dave Finet, General Manager of East Lansing Food Co-op, explains why the film needs the support of the food co-op community. John Bryan, Director of Marketing at Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, says why his co-op is investing in the film and how they plan to use it. Dan Gillotte, General Manager of Wheatsville Food Co-op, tells why his co-op is sponsoring Food For Change in line with the project’s funding plan.
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Director Steve Alves describes plan for film’s release. Sharon Murphy, General Manager of Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth, Minnesota, tells why her co-op is motivated to sponsor the film. Allie Menzter, Marketing Manager of the Linden Hills Co-op in Minneapolis, Minnesota, says co-ops need education effort to explain difference between co-ops and big box competitors. Chris Maher, General Manager of the Briar Patch Co-op in Grass Valley, California, explains the need for a movie like Food For Change to explain to members and the general public about the cooperative business model.
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Director Steve Alves gives an update on the fundraising status of the film. Two new scenes from the film are released that show the backdrop of co-op expansion in the 1970s and the internal challenges those co-ops faced. Carol Spurling, Marketing Manager of the Moscow Food Co-op in Moscow, Idaho, explains how the power of movies to educate members inspired their co-op to contribute in line with the project’s funding plan. David Lippman, General Manager of the North Coast Co-op in Arcata and Eureka, California, explains the need for a movie that tells the history of food co-ops.
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Director Steve Alves explains why film’s historical focus is relevant today. Lindy Bannister, General Manager of the Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis, Minnesota, tells why her co-op is contributing and how the film addresses two of their core principles: education and co-ops helping co-ops. Suzette Snow-Cobb, Co-General Manager of the Franklin Community Co-op in Greenfield, Massachusetts, shares why her co-op initiated the project with a $35,000 investment.
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Student intern, Jeremy Goldsher, reports that Director Steve Alves was the guest speaker at the Historic Unitarian Meetinghouse’s “Food, Glorious Food!” event and art exhibition in Bernardston, Massachusetts, where Steve presented scenes from his work-in-progress film, Food For Change.
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A scene from the rough cut of Food For Change.
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