Canadian Film on Raw Dairy Controversy Wins Top Honors at Environmental Film Festival Farmer and Filmmaker to Screen Film in the US
Contact: Kimberly Hartke 703-860-2711
SAN FRANCISCO-- October 31, 2008--Members of the media are invited to a special screening of an award winning documentary on the raw milk controversy, "Michael Schmidt: Organic Hero or Bioterrorist." The film details a Canadian raw dairy farmers battle with government regulators and the milk marketing boards whose monopoly controls the Canadian milk market.
Part of the film was shot in California, where the raw dairy industry has had a series of hard knocks, and is fighting for a level playing field with the conventional dairy industry.
Last week, the film debuted at the Planet In Focus environmental film festival held in Toronto, Canada. This past Sunday, festival judges declared the 45-minute documentary the Best Canadian Film (long form). Two nights later it had its first airing over the Canadian Broadcasting System to millions of viewers on a program called "The Lens" on CBC's Newsworld channel. The filmmaker, Norman Lofts, is astonished at winning top honors. Lofts effused, "Incredible and it is still sinking in. It was totally unexpected. I hope this helps to get Michael's story told across Canada."
On Friday, November 7, 2008, Norm Lofts and the Canadian farmer, Michael Schmidt, who is the subject of the film will screen the movie and discuss it with the attendees of the Wise Traditions 2008 conference, an international nutrition education conference sponsored by the Weston A. Price Foundation. This annual conference draws over 1200 farmers, consumers and health care experts from around the globe. The time of the film premiere is 8:00pm-10:00pm. The location of the screening is the San Francisco airport Hyatt Regency, 1333 Bayshore Highway, in Burlingame, California.
Interested members of the media are invited to attend. Please contact Kimberly Hartke, Weston A. Price Foundation Publicist at 703-860-2711 to be added to the press list.
For more information about the film visit:
The Weston A. Price Foundation is a 501 c3 nutrition education non-profit. Sally Fallon Morell, WAPF President, is a leading champion of sustainable agriculture and raw dairy. See
www.realmilk.com and www.westonaprice.org for more information.