The Co-op Wars

  • Old Met Old Met

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Watch From:USA
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00 (+ $2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Film Info
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Programs:New American Visions
Minnesota Made
Tags:Documentary
Minnesota Made
Food
History
Culture & Society
Agriculture
Politics
Live Event
Includes Q&A
Best of Fest Encores
Release Year:2021
Runtime:59 min
Country/Region:USA
Language:English
Print Source:Food Freaks
LLC
Trailer:https://vimeo.com/514396241
Cast/Crew
Director:Deacon Warner
Producer:Erik Esse
Editor:John Dilley
Deacon Warner
Composer:David Kesler

Description

FREE LIVE FILMMAKER Q&A May 18, 2021 7:00pm CST: Join MSPIFF Programmer Craig Laurence Rice, The Co-op Wars director Deacon Warner and Producer Erik Esse for a conversation about the film and to take your questions.

WATCH THE RECORDED Q&A

Best of Fest Encores

How to Watch

The Co-op Wars is preceded by the short film Old Met

Today, Co-ops are multi-million dollar businesses, so successful they’ve prompted mainstream grocery stores to stock organic food. But in the 1970s, it almost ended before it began, as internecine battles and even hostile takeovers threatened this burgeoning movement.

In 1970s Minnesota young people were eager to bring the rising counterculture to their kitchen tables. And so, co-ops were born, grocery stores for the people, run by the people. But what did they mean? Well, different things to many different people, as it turns out. In Deacon Warner’s surprising documentary, we see the rise of the co-op movement in Minnesota, the struggles to define their meaning, and even villains and plot twists right out of Hollywood. Not a mere examination of a distant historical moment, The Co-op Wars is a thought-provoking documentary about the very meaning of food and the way it’s marketed, sold, and consumed.


 

Director Biography

Deacon Warner Deacon Warner has produced over twenty short documentaries including the award winning “56”, “Peaceful Warriors: On the Road with Vets for Peace”, and “Bee-Sharp Honeybee”, which premiered at the 2018 Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival. Warner is currently the Youth Program Director at FilmNorth.


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Included Shorts

Old Met (6min) More