NYWIFT members receive a discount to the New York premiere screening of After Winter, Spring, produced and directed by NYWIFT Member Judith Lit. See below for details on purchasing tickets.
Six years in the making, the award-winning film After Winter, Spring is an intimate portrait of a rural community in the Périgord region of southwest France as it grapples with a profound question: Will it be the last generation of family farmers in a region continuously cultivated for over five thousand years?
Their story is documented by one of their neighbors, American filmmaker Judith Lit, who grew up on her family’s farm in Pennsylvania. Inter-weaving her story and theirs, the film explores the nature of the farming life and the impact of rapid modernization on families whose survival is tied to the land. As the farmers’ stories unfold, we see their responses to change…the losses and the surprising adaptations. After Winter, Spring reveals the human story of family farming at a turning point in history.
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Daniel Boulud is revered as one of the world’s finest chefs. Raised on his family’s farm outside Lyon, he began working in professional kitchens as a teenager under a range of legendary French chefs. His restaurant group now spans from the US and Canada to London and Singapore. His flagship Michelin-starred Restaurant Daniel in NYC has been cited as “one of the ten best restaurants in the world” by the International Herald Tribune. Daniel is the recipient of multiple James Beard Foundation awards including “Outstanding Chef” and “Outstanding Restaurateur,” and Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur by the French government.
Post-Screening Conversation with:
Sarah Chase is the owner, along with her brother, of Chaseholm Farm, a third generation dairy in Pine Plains, NY. Sarah's passion for farming is deeply connected to the land and the cows her family has raised there. Returning to the farm, Sarah took over the dairy herd and grazing lands and is transitioning the farm to organic production. Her brother Rory turns that milk into small-batch artisanal cheeses. Chaseholm is one of only a handful of farmstead producers in NY State that produces cow’s milk cheese from their own herd, fed solely on grass and grains from the farm.
Judith Lit (Director) Raised on her family’s farm in rural Pennsylvania, Judith began her filmmaking career as Associate Producer of internationally acclaimed Dark Circle, winner of a National Emmy, the Grand Prize at Sundance, and a Certificate of Special Merit from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. She went on to produce, direct and write other award-winning films, including Voices from the Classroom, As Seen on TV, and L’agriculture biologique: cultivar l’avenir? for Arte France. She was also director of the San Francisco Women on Screen Film Festival. Judith divides her time between NYC and a small farm in southwestern France.
Alexandra Vallis (Moderator) covers chefs, restaurants and travel as the Digital Director for Food & Wine magazine. In 2013, she co-authored Alain Ducasse's NYC guidebook, J'aime New York, and was previously nominated for a James Beard Award at Grub Street. Alex lives in Chelsea with her husband and unfortunately now mangles her college French.
Following the screening and discussion, meet local farmers who will be selling their best products of the season. Curated by Farm to People.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Sep. 22, 2015