SEED: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary film that examines the disappearance of seed varieties. We hear from a passionate bunch of seed keepers determined to reconnect our culture with seeds.
We learn that 94 percent of our seed varieties have disappeared since the 20th century. Biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds.
There are farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers (Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke, and Raj Patel) determined to protect our 12,000-year-old food legacy.
The film is directed by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz, who worked together on the award-winning documentary Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?, a film that examines how the disappearance of bees affects the planet.
There are quite a few big names behind the documentary — Executive Producer Phil Fairclough, known for producing documentaries by Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams); Marc Turtletaub, known for producing independent films (Little Miss Sunshine); and Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.
The film seems to have done well throughout the festival circuit. Here is some of the feedback:
“Chronicles the disappearance of something that’s absolutely elemental to human existence… Portland filmmakers Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel deliver a wake-up call.”
— Georgia Straight
“…A beautiful piece of art, careful, deeply colored, and poetic…”
— Hollywood Report Card
“This film stands out as one of the most important films to screen at this year’s (Sheffield Documentary) Festival. The film is elegantly structured… a delicate balance between doom and gloom and hope for the future. With compelling storytelling and illuminating the passion and solid scientific evidence behind the argument presented in the film. Highly recommended.”
“This film takes what might seem like mundane subject matter and turns it into a political and social issue chock-full of characters who could be pulled from a Robinson Crusoe adventure book. A film that offers exquisite surprises.”
— Missourian Independent
For more on the film, visit SEED: The Untold Story website.