From the Ground Up


Fusing the spirit of patriotic WWII-era Victory Gardens with current the D.I.Y. movement, From the Ground Up is a film project encouraging civic participation through urban farming. During WWI and WWII Americans grew food in backyards, on balconies, in parks, wherever they could—as the government encouraged localized food production to conserve scarce fuel and labor. Today, citizens across the country are reviving the spirit of these gardens, but this time they face many obstacles and little support. In the main documentary we meet a Sacramento teacher and her young sons as they take on City Hall to fight for their front yard vegetable garden; a team of San Francisco artists recreate the Civic Center Victory Garden and redefine the use of urban green space; Puerto Rican migrants in Massachusetts work to elevate their quality of life by growing vegetables in once vacant lots. By encouraging people to grow some their own food, we want to motivate people to take action through inspiration, not fear. Educate, inspire, empower, move to action.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Kristi Stephens Adams (director/producer) began her career as a documentary still photographer. Over the course of her career her passion for storytelling fueled the expansion of her practice to include cinematography, film and video production and digital post production. Her recent work includes narrative shorts, a video installation at Yerba Buena Center of the Arts and the research and production of her feature length documentary about urban edible gardening, From The Ground Up. Her professional credits include Strange Culture production manager and additional camera operator (feature, official selection, Sundance 2007), The Future of Food distribution and sales (feature documentary), Oil On Ice distribution and website updates (feature documentary), Mission Movie associate producer, script supervisor, festival submissions (feature), Top Chef assistant art director (TV series), as well as work on a variety of TV commercials, educational videos and pilots.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): United States
  • Language(s): English & Spanish
  • Running time: 30
  • Director(s): Kristi Stephens Adams

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