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May 9, 2012 9:44 AM
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Project of the Day: Urban Gardening in 'Growing Cities'

"Growing Cities"
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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"Growing Cities"

Tweetable Logline:

Growing Cities: Two friends, 80 urban farmers, and one unforgettable roadtrip!

Elevator Pitch:

GROWING CITIES is a film about urban farming in America. Part roadtrip movie and part feel-good documentary, the film weaves together urban farmers’ stories in over 20 cities across the country, providing a window into the people who are transforming our communities one vacant city lot and backyard chicken coop at a time. In following the filmmakers' journey cross-country, viewers are prompted to re-imagine what's possible in cities and inspired to create GROWING CITIES of their own.

Production Team:

Director/Producer: Dan Susman
Cinematographer/Co-producer: Andrew Monbouquette
Production Manager: Brent Lubbert

About the Production:

"I grew up planting vegetables in the backyard with my parents. After working on an urban farm in Portland, OR I realized that not all kids have that same opportunity and that I wanted to change that. Since 80% of our country lives in cities, I figured there wasn't a better place to start than showcasing urban agriculture.

"I told Andrew (co-producer) about my plan to visit urban farms and he said, "we have to make a movie about this." GROWING CITIES is our effort to show that anyone, anywhere can grow food, regardless of the space you have available." -- Dan Susman

Current Status:


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  • Becky Pulver | March 13, 2013 12:59 PMReply

    This is well done ! Awesome job guys!

  • Kyah Mull | March 13, 2013 12:50 PMReply

    I love the whole idea of this movie. I want to see every urban city, and every rural community
    doing what these people are doing. It is so important for people to begin taking responsibility for what they put into their bodies. It is so important to have local grown food. It is so important to become community minded once again.

  • robert wood | June 7, 2012 2:51 AMReply


  • Nina | June 4, 2012 5:05 PMReply

    Way to go!

  • tammy bokern | June 4, 2012 11:33 AMReply

    Yes, this is a movie I want to see. Noticed Will Allen in the trailer - Milwaukee's urban farming hero! Good luck with your production.

  • Joan Miller | May 31, 2012 10:35 PMReply

    Yes- I want to see this movie. Growing food is something that can be easy to do but it's a habit just like getting your morning coffee that city dwellers develop. Whether it's a pot of cherry tomoatoes or a backyard chicken coop in an urban setting, it's something that gets easier and easier once the habit is there. Starting the habit is what counts. Oddly, a recent crime here in Omaha was the theft of a community garden. Hmm... they could've asked and probably gotten would have been given starts.

  • kay louise cook | May 31, 2012 4:33 PMReply

    great start, but way too short! which were the Seattle p-patches?
    I'm at Jackson Park, tho I know we weren't featured!

  • Kim | May 31, 2012 2:33 PMReply

    Not only is Growing Cities providing a way to help people learn about food and nutrition, but there are so many other aspects of urban gardening that are beneficial. Maybe if people were to participate in a community garden, they'd shape up with stretching and exercise and by eating tasty fresh fruit and veggies, and they might even learn nurturing skills and how to care for our planet. I prefer that over blood and guts on the Hollywood screen any day!

  • sara | May 31, 2012 12:51 PMReply

    fabulous project!

  • Katharine | May 31, 2012 10:06 AMReply

    Growing Cities is a serious statement about how we need to change how we look at how we live and eat, how are children learn about food and nutrition, and where food comes from...

    I am sorry to see a few of the negative statements that must be evaluating indie wire entries by entertainment factors alone...

    Today..more than one-third of our children are growing up obese and with significant health risks by the age of 18..

    If we do not begin to re-examine how we eat and how we educate our children about food, this pattern is likely to continue. This movie is intended to inspire...it does not attack food companies or practices...it points to the many communities around the US that are embracing change and growing food on a small scale to enable better nutrition for more people..

  • Paul | May 14, 2012 10:10 AMReply

    Let's keep this positive - way to go Growing Cities! Great looking film, can't wait to see all those farms on the big screen...

  • Jimbo | May 14, 2012 2:59 AMReply

    so gay

  • Debbie | May 31, 2012 5:23 PM

    What a sad life Jimbo must have to be so mean.

  • sarah | May 9, 2012 2:01 PMReply

    seriously, are they trying to make a Hollywood film?