A new documentary entitled Farmageddon is being previewed this weekend at the 2nd Annual Raw Milk Symposium. Farmageddon is described on the Symposium website as:
“Farmageddon is truly the documentary movie that we’ve all been waiting for. It’s about raw milk, farm families in peril, harmful food safety legislation and consumer food rights. … Farmageddon was the brain/heart child of producer/director, Kristin Canty, and takes up where Food Inc. leaves off.
Kristin’s son, Charlie, had asthma, unsuccessfully treated by conventional medicine. Her search for a solution led her to discover raw milk. She saw dramatic changes in Charlie’s health after drinking raw milk, and noticed remarkable changes in her entire family. Her search for even more fresh farm foods was interrupted when she discovered small farmers were in peril. Subjected to heavy regulation, lengthy and expensive legal actions and out-right persecution, the farms providing foods that Kristin’s family relied upon for health, were in danger of becoming extinct. …”
It was originally envisioned as a PBS type documentary but rumor has it that a sponsor has stepped forward with the vision of putting it into theaters. Stay alert!
I bring this all up here because Kristin and her crew filmed a portion of Farmageddon at Meadowsweet Dairy last July. And I filmed the filmers filming by putting a candid Canon, CHDK enabled, Powershot A530 in a corner of the barn that took a photo every 3 seconds. The resulting photos were merged into the following time lapse short.
The leading ladies from left to right are Lisa, Dorothy, Em, Marine (the long suffering) and Lizzy. In the background facing away from the camera are Sugar (you only see her tail end) and Maggie.
Director Kristin appears in this short about halfway thru. She’s the one with the long black hair standing directly in front of the camera. Barb is the one on the right.
From this session I’ve learned that cows are much more concerned with their bit of grain and rumination than any thought of their 15 minutes of fame. Indeed, later out in the pasture I overheard one of them asking “What are minutes?”