Not quite what you may think. This weekend, we’ve got films that will inspire you to get your hands in the dirt.


Yesterday was the opening of the fourth (Thursday, November 4), the Alexandria [Virginia] Film Festival. Sunday it’s the Healthy Food Alexandria Event with food samples from local chefs and farmers markets:

The Movies:

“Corner Plot” is about a Silver Spring farmer named Charlie Koin who as been growing food on his one acre in downtown Silver Spring for over 50 years. Many people know him from the Silver Spring farmer’s market. You can see a trailer at

“Mad City Chickens” is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From chicken experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge—and even a mad professor and giant hen taking to the streets—it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.

4-5 PM Food Samples from a wide range of local chefs that emphasize local, sustainable food.
5-6:30 PM: Movies
6:30-7:30 PM: Panel Discussion with local farmers and chefs.

For tickets, go to

“DEEP DOWN” – The Impact of Mountain Top Mining on a Kentucky Community

Community Cinema [DC] presents two free screenings of the documentary “Deep Down,” a film by Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen. This story takes place in Kentucky, but it just as well may be West Virginia. Deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff, now in their fifties, find themselves in the midst of a community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine. Their struggle is part of a larger debate about who controls, consumes, and benefits from our planet’s shrinking supply of natural resources?

Dates for the screenings are:
Sunday, November 7 at 3 PM, Washington DC Jewish Community Center (1529 16th Street, NW)
Sunday, November 14 at 5 PM, Busboys and Poets (2021 14th Street, NW)
The events are FREE and open to the general public. The film will be followed by a Q&A with representatives from our community partners.

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