We are so thankful for everyone that attended the Films for the Forest community screening @ South by Southwest (SXSW) on Sunday. It was incredibly special to see all of you in person for the first time in two years and we sincerely appreciate your lively engagement after the film with Pablo Venegas, Sonny DePasquale, and the rest of the RP team at the event. We hope you all had a wonderful time and that you learned a lot!
If you missed the event, don’t fret! Clips from the weekend’s celebration of frogs will be online soon along with a free streaming of the entire event. But there’s more BONUS CONTENT on the way if you just can’t get enough! We interviewed contributing filmmakers Nick Werber and Mark Pierce, directors of the films Magali and A Gentle Giant, respectively. They share their challenges filming in the rainforest, the impact they wanted their films to have, and how they have maintained hope and optimism regarding the future of our rainforests, and a lot more.
Stay tuned for an email this coming weekend when all of this content goes online!
In the meantime, we are excited to highlight another SXSW event happening later this week. Niyanta Spelman is speaking at The Future of Food on Friday, March 18th, 4:45 PM. It will be located at the SXSW Center (1400 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701). It is organized by Little Herds, Food Tank, and Cook’s Nook and presented by The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation.
The topic of Niyanta’s segment, ‘Food is Medicine’, will include a short film of Niyanta as she learned about foods grown or gathered and prepared by the Sani Warmi community in Ecuador. Niyanta will be speaking alongside Joshua Diskins, co-founder of Maxene’s Microgreens and Snehee Chaplot, founder/CEO of The Food Shop. Alexina Cather, Director of Programs, Policy Advocacy, and Sustainability at the James Beard Foundation will be their moderator.
If you can’t attend in person, you can also watch ONLINE, but make sure to RSVP here if you are interested. It is entirely FREE, but we can’t promise you won’t go home hungry. Again, SXSW 2022 Covid-19 Guidelines apply for anyone coming in person. There are many more speakers before and after Niyanta, so check out the schedule on the The Future of Food website if you are curious about coming early or staying late.
Are you in need of extra reading this week? Probably not, but this might change your mind. In the past RP has posted some blog articles relevant to Friday’s event that we invite you to take a look at: