Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Watch this short film by local filmmaker, Carmine Cervi. What elements make this film compelling? How does this film create interest in the local green movement and in the Cabrini Green neighborhood and its residents?

7 comments:

  1. I really enjoy that all of the interviews had shallow depth of field. The only element that was in focus in those shots was the interviewees. You could hear the noise of the kids gardening in the background but because the subject was in focus, you weren't distracted by the action going on behind the subject and were able to focus your attention directly to what they were saying.
    The fact that the area surrounding the garden is so urban is interesting to me. I love that the film shows all the areas around the garden it emphasizes the green and lively plants of the garden when they have that contrast to the gray city around it.
    This film helps show that planting gardens and providing fresh food in city areas is, in fact possible. And it shows just how easy it can be done in the tiny space provided.

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  2. The wide variety of subjects and their shared connection through the earth is very compelling. That members or enthusiasts hail from all corners of the city is compelling. It makes me wonder what some of these people are avoiding through this work. With projects adjacent to the gardens perhaps they are seeing a part of the world they would not have had much hope of seeing without Cabrini Green. What changes are they undergoing as they learn and teach each other the value of growing one's own food. After watching this I'm almost tempted to visit the garden.

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  3. This video is a compelling because it's much more then just making a garden, it's rebuilding and reconnecting a community that was tore down. The video is symbolic to life because you reap what you sew and in life if you invest in something you will gain a reward. The garden does show the community how grow their own food and can potentially feed the community, but once again it's more then that. The garden gives the community proof that they can build and accomplish something of their own. The garden also makes them feel proud of their community because they were apart of making it better not government but themselves.

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  4. This piece attempts to highlight the sense of community in the public garden. It also uses a young girl as the main face which often can create a stronger emotional reaction in the viewer. Although I find the subject matter compelling,I'm not sure that the presentation quite lives up to it. I found myself wishing the girl had more energy or that I was listening to another more charismatic kid. Also, I wish there was a bit of footage that showed people of different demographic backgrounds working side by side or chatting in the garden.

    I agree with Dwight about the importance of rebuilding community and I hope that the garden continues, but I think I felt this way already and am not sure I would have developed this opinion purely from this piece.

    Deborah

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  5. I found this video to be compelling because you see the real people involved with the program, and also because it shows that the program has had a positive and empowering impact on individuals as well as the community.

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  6. I agree with Dwight's comments!

    -Ava

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  7. This PSA is such a great one in my eyes. The way that the camera takes each resident and gives him or her a voice is very uplifting to me because some people in that neighborhood aren't given that chance in a lifetime. To have these voices giving insight on what they are doing (going green and planting gardens, growing their own food etc.) might clear the air for some people of different backgrounds. This creates interest because it provokes curiosity, and finally gives the residents of Cabrini Green a voice.

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