justREEL is a bi-monthly feature length documentary series. Now in its eleventh year, justREEL runs from September to May.






Director: Jon Betz & Taggart Siegel




“A rare documentary from filmmakers who are not just capable
but also in love with their craft. It’s a wonder of photography,
animation, and sound, and it’s a testament to its editors that the
many interviews with activists and scientists are compelling and
informative, sometimes even poetic.” Statement by Village Voice
"The frightening beauty of Seed is the clarity with which it
defines the mission of seed savers -- maintaining agricultural
diversity for future generations, whatever the world they inherit;
it’s bluntly persuasive.” Statement by Film Journal International

About the Film

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and
treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows
passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In
the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech
chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists,
lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to
defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these
reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource
and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr.
Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

Film Information

Year: 2016
Length:  94 mins
Language: English


Cast & Credits

Director: Taggart Siegel, Jon Betz

Locations & Showtimes

Tuesday,  May 9, 2017   |   7:00PM
River Park Auditorium

Admission: Free

Conversation Leader

Roy Beck of Sedgwick, Alberta’s Broadview Farms, is a horticulturalist who believes in preserving the past for a better future.  A family farm, Roy and Broadview Farms have used methods learned formally (from his two stints in college) as well as from his father, grandfather (a self-taught horticulturalist who enjoyed breeding nut trees) and neighbors.  Broadview Farms is also a strong proponent for seed saving and raising awareness of the loss of diversity with current practices.  Working in research and development with a seed company, Roy has knowledge and firsthand experience in working with seed breeders, hand pollination tactics and how to avoid cross-pollination, how to clean and store the seed, and the genetic material encased within the seeds.  Roy also has many friends that work for the USDA who have been willing to share their vast knowledge of seed saving techniques with Roy.  Roy and Broadview Farms take part in the yearly Seedy Saturday event where seed is sold and Roy can teach others how to grow and do the same thing that he is doing.