Island Green

Island Green

                                Island Green
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This short documentary takes a look at the changing face of PEI's agricultural industry. Once famous for its spuds and red mud, this tiny island province now has higher than average cancer and respiratory illness rates. Is there a link to industrialized farming? Rather than dwelling on PEI’s worrisome monocropping practices, Island Green dares to ask: What if PEI went entirely organic?

The stirring words of PEI-born poet Tanya Davis are coupled with beautiful imagery and poignant stories from the island’s small but growing community of organic farmers, reminding us that we can rob the land only so much before it robs us of the nourishment we need for life. Island Green is ultimately a story of hope and healthy promise.

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Island Green, Millefiore Clarkes, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • writer
    Millefiore Clarkes
  • director
    Millefiore Clarkes
  • producer
    Paul McNeill
  • poetry writing
    Tanya Davis
  • poetry performance
    Tanya Davis
  • editor
    Millefiore Clarkes
    Lawrence Jackman
  • sound design
    Allan Scarth
  • director of photography
    Millefiore Clarkes
  • music
    Roger Carter
    Adam Gallant
  • featuring
    Margie Loo
    Raymond Loo
    Mark Bernard
    Ian Petrie
  • sound recordist
    Luke Leunes
    Brian Sharp
    Adam Gallant
  • researcher
    Millefiore Clarkes
    Phil Ferraro
  • additional cinematography
    Brian Sharp
  • additional editing
    Christopher Cooper
  • assistant editor
    Chris MacIntosh
    David Mullins
    Kevin Riley
  • animator
    JoDee Samuelson
  • online editor
    Doug Woods
  • colourist
    Doug Woods
  • assistant on-line editor
    Kevin Riley
  • re-recording mixer
    Allan Scarth
  • musician
    Roger Carter
    Adam Gallant
    Scott Gallant
    Fraser McCallum
  • stock footage
    Millefiore Clarkes
  • marketing manager
    Tammy Peddle
  • publicist
    Pat Dillon
  • production supervisor
    Roz Power
    Candice Desormeaux
  • technical coordinator
    Steve Hallé
    Jean-François Laprise
  • production coordinator
    Vanessa Larsen
  • legal counsel
    Stéphanie L'Écuyer
  • studio administrator
    John William Lutz
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke
    Ravida Din

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  • Hartlieb

    Movie provides Food for thought and thought for food. Thank you for educating me in viewing organic in a whole new manner.

    Hartlieb, 23 Apr 2017
  • Backtothebatter

    Unless humans as a species are no longer organic then nothing we ingest should be any different. I hope PEI chooses to lead us back to a more human friendly way of eating. Anyone with a different pov should invest in and prepare to embark the ark away from this planet.

    Backtothebatter, 24 Jan 2015
  • brainmatters

    The synopsis assumes that the answers to the health questions (“is there a link to industrial farming?”) are “yes”, but without some evidence I will remain skeptical. It is unlikely that we can feed the whole world with “all organic” and it is patently false that organically grown food is more nutritious. It has benefits and is certainly an option for many, but lets stick with facts. Poetry is well, poetry, but farming needs science if we are all to thrive. Correlation does not prove causation. I am concerned about the health of PEI residents, but what does the science (data) tell us?

    brainmatters, 28 Dec 2014
  • Debweid

    What a moving take on Mother Earth in our country, Canada. We are so fortunate to have farmers who Do the Work. Best wishes on this journey of love and life. Watching your endeavours and cheering for you. An Alberta Girl.

    Debweid, 14 Dec 2014
  • Montague

    Congratulations on having this film featured by David Suzuki's team on the Blue Dot Tour (! We should be proud and inspired, having such storytellers among us with such vision.

    Montague, 16 Sep 2014
  • LEGee

    I hope All-Organic-PEI becomes a reality. I would like "Grown in PEI" to become a "brand" that is synonymous with healthy, green and sustainable. Good luck to all of you Islanders from the west coast. Maybe you will inspire BC to do the same.

    LEGee, 16 Sep 2014
  • MelBennett

    Wonderful film, beautifully shot. A nice blend of evocative poetry and documentary material.

    MelBennett, 14 Sep 2014

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