“OPEN SESAME” playing this Wednesday at the Palm Theatre

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 Central Coast Bioneers website has details of the full program and tickets are available now.

The SLOIFF is proud to partner with Central Coast Bioneers for the fourth time. The SLOIFF is always looking for opportunities to use the power of cinema to put the spotlight on important issues and organizations and continues to collaborate with numerous organizations which include the Women’s Legacy Fund, Growing Together Initiative, and many more. On October 25th, a portion of the proceeds of the BREAKING AWAY event will be donated to the SLO Bicycle Coalition.

Tickets are on sale now at www.slofilmfest.org 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.