Be The Media! workshop: Environmental Documentary Making w/ Deborah Koons Garcia

Date(s) - Sunday 05/17/2015
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

“Food for Thought” and “Symphony of the Soil” director Deborah Koons Garcia will cover an overview of environmental documentary production, from concept development to production to post production to strategies for grassroots distribution. This workshop includes a documentary “clinic,” with participants invited to bring works-in-progress for feedback.

Deborah will break the workshop down into the following segments:

  1. Conception
  2. “Preproduction” i.e. planning
  3. Production- shooting
  4. Post-production -editing, music, sound, titles, lower thirds, sound mix
  5. Distribution

Deborah shares: “I have a lot of experience and opinions about all of these including the need to figure out the final goal of the film before even starting it, so it is a fluid process. I look forward to an interactive workshop so we can focus on what will be most useful for and interesting to the participants!”

Co-sponsored by Vasudha Living Learning Community at Rensselaer


For more information, or to find out about scholarship opportunities, e-mail [email protected] or call (518) 272-2390.  **Regular Sanctuary volunteers may take the workshop free of charge.

Deborah Koons Garcia has called Northern California home for over thirty years, with her production company based in Mill Valley, CA. She has made fiction, educational and documentary films. For the last fifteen years she has focused primarily on films about agriculture and the food system.

Ms. Garcia directed the groundbreaking film, The Future of Food, which premiered at Film Forum in New York City. The Future of Food (2004) examines the alarming issues surrounding the rapidly increasing corporate domination of our food supply. It is the first major film to cover the history and technology of genetic engineering and the complex implications of releasing such crops into the food environment and food supply. The Future of Food helped jumpstart what is now called the food movement and the continues to play widely all over the world in theaters and at film, food and farming festivals and conferences and at thousands of community-organized screenings. Her latest film, Symphony of the Soil, which is currently in wide release, was designated a Critics’ Pick by the New York Times and was shown at the United Nations in New York City on World Soil Day which launched the UN International Year of the Soils.