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Strawberry documentary selected for Hot Springs Film Festival

By Fred Miller
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Oct. 5, 2017

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  • Strawberry documentary selected by 2017 Hot Springs Film Festival
  • Film produced in cooperation with Division of Agriculture’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability
  • One of two selected films produced by UA School of Journalism and Strategic Media

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A documentary film about strawberries produced by the University of Arkansas in cooperation in cooperation with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will be screened at the 2017 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival on Oct. 10.

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It is one of two films selected by the festival that were produced by the School of Journalism and Strategic Media. 

The Favored Strawberry is a one-hour documentary produced by the Emmy Award-winning team of Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter, and is narrated by Academy Award winner Ray McKinnon. The Division of Agriculture’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability contributed to the production.

Others involved in the film include director of photography Hayot Tuychiev, art director Tom Hapgood and original music score by James Greeson.

The documentary was filmed in eight states including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina and California.

The story explains the process of growing strawberries on big, small and family-owned farms. From there the film explores how strawberries are picked and distributed for retail.

The film even shares a strawberry shortcake competition — that's sure to make viewers crave the tasty dessert.

The second film is Mike the Birdman and is produced by journalism graduate students John Erwin, Paige Murphy and Ninette Sosa. Over the course of three months, the trio followed reclusive bird watcher Mike "The Birdman" Mlodinow to various bird watching locations in and around Fayetteville.

Mlodinow refers to himself as "the birdman" when he calls people, which is rare since he does not own a phone; he also does not have internet at his home or a car. The documentary looks at the daily life of a man who basically lives off the grid, but can tell you about nearly every bird that flies over the sky in Northwest Arkansas.

To learn about fruit production in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.edu.

 

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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