SLO Film Fest and Central Coast Bioneers present “OPEN SESAME”

Central Coast Bioneers and the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival are teaming up to present OPEN SESAME: The Story of Seeds, on Wednesday, October 15, at 7:00pm at the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo. After the screening, there will be a Q&A with Elizabeth Johnson, from the SLO Seed Exchange.

Open Sesame posterIn the past, seeds were communal. They were a shared resource not unlike the water we drink or the air we breathe. One hundred years ago things started to change. Today, corporate-owned seed accounts for 82% of the worldwide market. In this surprisingly moving documentary by Sean Kaminsky, we meet a diverse range of individuals whose lives center around seeds. Farmers, renegade gardeners, passionate seed savers, artists and seed activists. The most innovative thinkers and consciousness raisers of our generation will take viewers on a journey to experience the enlightening and currently disturbing story of seeds in the face of looming climate change and corporate monopoly.

Bioneers logoThis film is a perfect ‘teaser’ for the Central Coast Bioneers Conference, scheduled for October 24-25 at the SLO Grange Hall in San Luis Obispo. “The conference is a celebration of the genius of nature and the ingenuity of human beings to tap into that genius and apply it to overcome some of the world’s most intractable problems,” explains conference organizer Stacey Hunt. The Central Coast Bioneers website has details of the full program and tickets are available now.

Elizabeth Johnson:Seed ExchAfter the film, Stacey Hunt, Executive Director of Central Coast Bioneers, will be joined by Elizabeth Johnson for a Q&A. Ms. Johnson is the Director of the San Luis Obispo Seed Exchange, a non-profit dedicated to the cultivation and saving of seeds.

Their first community seed exchange was in 2007 and now seedsavers meet monthly to talk about growing practices and plant families, and to share seeds, bulbs, or seedlings during the appropriate season.

Open Sesame photo2Director Sean Kaminsky is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer. The body of his work has tackled a broad range of urgent topics – from social to political – while telling impactful stories that engage and entertain.

The SLOIFF is proud to partner with Central Coast Bioneers for the fourth time. “Since our mantra is Movies Matter, the SLOIFF is always looking for opportunities to use the power of cinema to put the spotlight on important issues and organizations,” said Festival Director, Wendy Eidson. “We have partnered with numerous organizations and look forward to continued collaborations with Central Coast Bioneers, as well as the Women’s Legacy Fund, Growing Together Initiative and SLO Bicycle Coalition during our 21st Festival, scheduled for March 10-15, 2015.”

Tickets for this event are on sale now at or by calling (805) 546-3456. Individual tickets are available online and at the door for $8 for students and SLOIFF Film Society members and $10 for general admission. Net proceeds will be split between the Central Coast Bioneers and the SLOIFF.