Homegrown Revolution® is a short introduction to a homegrown project that has been called a new revolution in urban sustainability. In the midst of a densely urban setting in downtown Pasadena, radical change is taking root.
For over twenty years, the Dervaes family have been transforming their home into the Urban Homestead® model for sustainable agriculture and city living. Originally calling this project “Path to Freedom®”, the Dervaes family shows that change is possible—one step at a time.
They harvest 6,000 pounds of organic food annually from their 1/10 of an acre garden, while incorporating many back-to-basics practices, solar energy and biodiesel in order to reduce their footprint on the earth’s resources.
This film follows the footsteps of one man and his family on a journey to change their world and, along the way, inspires and encourages others to take a first step toward a sustainable future—right in their own backyards.
About the Film:
The original version of Homegrown Revolution was put together for a lecture Jules Dervaes gave at the University of California Los Angeles in October 2007 on the topic of Slow Food. It received a wildly enthusiastic response from the students and attracted an avid following on YouTube. Directed and produced by Jules Dervaes, the film was a collaborative, homemade project done by novice filmmakers Jules, Anaïs, Justin and Jordanne Dervaes.
Since 2009, the film has won the following awards and nominations: Best Environment & Ecology Film North America - Swansea International Film Festival, U.K.; Prize of the Mayor of the Capitol City of Slovakia - Ekotop Film Festival of Sustainable Development, Slovakia; Best Short Documentary - Southern Appalachian International Film Festival, Tennessee; El Capitan Film Award - Yosemite International Film Festival, California; Best Sustainability Film - Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, California; Robert T. Nanninga Award for Excellence - Cottonwood Creek Film Festival, California; Honorable Mention: Westpac Award Best Short Film - Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival, New Zealand; Nominated: Best Film, Climate Change & Sustainable Technology - CMS Vatavaran Environmental & Wildlife Film Fest, India; Finalist - European Spiritual Film Fest, France. Additionally, clips from the documentary were featured on Oprah’s Earth Day 2009 special. For more information, see www.HomegrownRevolutionFilm.com. The film may be viewed at www.YouTube.com/UrbanHomestead.
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Runtime: 15:45 USA NTSC
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