On June 6, APRÈS L’HIVER, LE PRINTEMPS (the French version of AFTER WINTER, SPRING) had its avant-première in Montignac. Organized with the help of Dublin Films and Cinètoile, the evening included a private screening followed by a buffet/aperitif at the Relais du Soleil d’Or and a second screening for the community benefiting Cinétoile, the film organization of the city of Montignac. The second screening sold out nearly a week prior to the evening.
These screenings were the first viewings for the film’s farmers and their families (many of whom no doubt wondered if the film, begun 6 years ago, would ever really be finished!) Each screening was followed by a Q&A session with both the farmers and the film’s cinematographer, Stéphane Carbon, sound recordist, Sylvain Girardeau, and myself. The only farmer not present was, of course, Alfred, who passed away before the film was completed, but we were very happy that his family was in the audience. It was an emotional evening for everyone and for us, it was a very special screening in the community where we filmed for many years and where most of the audience knew personally the people and places that appear in the film.
For a taste of the evening, for those of you who speak French, here is a link to some interviews done directly after the screening.
There are two parts to these interviews, partie 1 and partie 2. Partie 1 includes an interview with Alain from the film and a young farmer, and partie 2 includes interviews with Judith and another audience member.
In addition to the film’s farmers and their families, we were happy to have in the audience, mayors of the villages where we filmed, members of the Conseil Général de la Dordogne, Directors of CinéPassion and the Film Commission of the Dordogne (who have been so supportive over the years), and Germinal Peiro, Député to the National Assembly and head of Agriculture for the Socialist Party.
For the many people who came to the screening only to find that it was sold-out, APRÈS L’HIVER, LE PRINTEMPS will be touring the region of Aquitaine during the month of November as part of the Month of the Documentary, so there will be another chance to see it. The schedule of screenings will be posted on this Facebook page and on the film’s website: www.afterwinterspring.com.
My heartfelt thanks to all those who made this an unforgettable evening for all of us.
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APRES L’HIVER, LE PRINTEMPS – EN AVANT-PREMIERE EN FRANCE!!!
Enfin….après 6 ans de travail, le film est terminé et va être projeté en France. Tous ceux qui nous ont aidés, les agriculteurs qui nous ont permis avec une telle générosité de les filmer à travers les saisons, et le public vont enfin pouvoir voir le film!
Le film sera projeté en avant-première:
Jeudi 6 juin 201321h – Cinéma VOX de Montignac
La projection sera suivie d’un débat en présence de l’équipe et des agriculteurs du film.
Tarif: 6 euros Tarif réduit: 4,50 euros
Réservations : Office de Tourisme – Tel. 05 53 51 82 60
C’est un moment important pour nous et nous espérons que ceux qui s’intéressent dans l’avenir du monde rural viendront pour voir le film et pour parler avec nous après la projection.
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L. John Harris is a food writer, filmmaker, artist and the former owner of Aris Books, publishers of cookbooks in Berkeley, Calif. His most recent book is “Foodoodles: From the Museum of Culinary History,” a collection of his food cartoons and texts about America’s culinary revolution.
John has just published a terrific article in Zester Daily suggesting that gastro-tourism, as exemplified by the women of the Brusquand Farm in AFTER WINTER, SPRING, might be the answer to Greece’s and Europe’s problems. This creative proposition (humorous but a really good idea) is a wonderful read and makes reference to the film.
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