PACA is excited to announce that we have several short films in production! You’ll be seeing the filmmakers, Nick, Sarah, Anna, and David, this summer at co-ops and at solidarity economy events. Read on to find out about the film project in their own words and to meet each of the filmmakers:
We are Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Follows at Haverford College who will be making three promotional videos, (one for Mariposa Food Co-op, one for Ambler Food Co-op, and one for Kensington Community Food Coop) as well as a short documentary detailing the cooperative ecosystem in Philadelphia.
We have teamed up with PACA and Haverford College Professor of Political Science Craig Borowiak to gain their perspective on the current status of cooperatives in Philadelphia, and through them we have been able to meet with people working in a variety of co-ops.
The goals of our documentary are to explain what cooperatives are, provide a point of entry into the cooperative networks of Philadelphia, and to outline some of the problems facing these cooperatives today. Ultimately, we hope this will provide diverse ways of thinking about economic practices and reveal communities in which profit margins are not the sole measure of success.
-Nick, Sarah, Anna, and David
Meet the filmmakers
Nick is a rising senior at Haverford College. This summer he is a Haverford College Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Fellow (IDMF), and he is working with Anna, David, Sarah, PACA, and professor of Political Science Craig Borowiak to produce a documentary about the cooperative ecosystem in Philadelphia. The last documentary he worked on is called My Life and the Times of Mr. Messado; it explores the nature of magic and the ways in which magician Josh Messado can show us the value of performance in different contexts. When Nick is not attempting to make movies or convincing someone to give him money with which to attempt to make movies, Nick runs for the cross country team at Haverford and plays in a local band.
Sarah Moses is a senior at Haverford College majoring in Film and Media Studies. She began taking documentary production classes in the Spring of her sophomore year, and has since been interested in documentary film as a medium through which to explore the intersections of politics, social justice, and individual narratives in the world around us. Last summer – with three other Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Fellows at Haverford – she produced the 23-minute short film WAKE, about the Gulf oil industry in the shadow of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. This summer, Sarah is excited to be working through IDMF again to produce a piece about the cooperative landscape in Philadelphia.
Anna Bullard-Werner is a newly graduated student of Haverford College. She has spent time in front of the camera, acting in various German film and TV productions and in recent years has gotten increasingly more active behind the camera as well. This summer, she will be working on a documentary film about alternative economies in Philadelphia. She very much looks forward to getting to know Philadelphia better, as well as to learning more about the cooperative structures that exist in and around the city