FILM: Dancing with the Cannibal Giant: 5 New Stories for the Great Transition
A film to inspire changemakers and those who are moved to act in a time of great change
BALE (Building A Local Economy) has produced a 45-minute educational film to be shown in schools, town halls, churches, and around kitchen tables. The film’s intent is to build courage and hope in a time of disenfranchisement and despair by showcasing
compelling, vibrant, successful examples of resilience that are happening now in the northeastern U.S. The heart of BALE’s work has consistently been to deepen a community’s understanding of our current global crisis and offer transformative and hope-filled solutions.
Fable Farm in Barnard, Vermont, is one of the stories woven into the Dancing with the Cannibal Giant film. It is an amazing story of two brothers who, together with other local farms, are the driving force that is creating a renewed sense of community in this small rural town. Now, this special event will feature the showing of the film at Fable Farm along with a locally produced-and-made, organic dinner at the beautiful new barn that is the hub for Fable Farm, Heartwood Farm, Eastman Farm and Kiss the Cow Farm on the Royalton Turnpike in Barnard.
Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 and is followed by the film showing at 7 p.m. Following the film, there will be a dialogue with the producer and Jon Piana. The cost of the dinner and film is $25 with all proceeds going to Fable Farm. RSVPs are required as space is limited to 45 people. For reservations, call 802-498-8438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Cannibal Giant?
In recent years, at BALE’s workshops, educational programs, film showings and many other settings, people often asked, “but what can we do?” We saw the need for an effective tool to activate and engage those who ready to step into a “new story” of how we see our relationship to the world around us. We also saw value in reaching those who may be just becoming aware of the great challenges our culture faces.
For the White River watershed in Vermont, we’ll be showing this film in nearly all towns in the region (BALE’s organizational focus is in the White River Valley). In Vermont first – and then the Northeast – we’ll connect with many groups doing similar work, and urging them to use this resource in their own communities. We acknowledge that the stories portrayed in this film are only a small sampling of the amazing work that is being done throughout the region. The post-film dialogue may well be the place to bring forward these powerful examples in one’s own community.
In many ways this documentary is a follow-up to the film The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community. The purpose of Wisdom to Survive is to raise awareness of the many social and economic justice issues that are related to climate change. This new film has a different and more specific purpose. That purpose is to
inspire actions and initiatives in local communities, as well as to reveal the deep motivations that are necessary for individuals to step into the culture shift and awareness so critical at this time. The reason it is limited in length to 45 minutes is to allow more effective use for community and school settings (as well as some places with time limitations). This allows for an active dialogue with all participants. The intent is an organizing tool, not just for the efforts of BALE, but for everyone who can use this film to build engagement and deep relationships in their communities.