OSU will be hosting a screening of the film OUT HERE: A documentary about the hearts and hard work of queer farmers in the U.S. Following the screening will be a panel discussion with filmmaker Jonah Mossberg and Ohio queer farmers. You can learn more about the film here: http://outheremovie.com/. Out Here is a full-length documentary film created by the Queer Farmer Film Project. Completed after 4 years in production, it looks at the experiences of queer farmers across the country and asks – what does it mean to be a queer farmer, is agriculture a safe space for queer people, and what are the relationships between food production and queerness? It is the filmmaker’s dream that this project will give voice and visibility to queer people in agriculture and inspire a flagrant national discussion about gender and sexuality as they are related to our food system.
Jonah Mossberg is a queer farmer from Northeastern Connecticut. Jonah holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Studio Art from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Jonah co-curated Dirtstar 2010: Nightsoil, an event at the 2010 National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco and is a founding member of The Rainbow Chard Alliance, a growing national network of queer farmers and gardeners. For three years Jonah taught gardening to public middle school students at Alice Waters’ revolutionary Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California. Jonah is a proud seed saver, forager, beekeeper, and aspiring surfer. Most recently, Jonah lived and farmed in rural Northern California before his Saturn Return drew him back to the East Coast to farm just outside his hometown. Out Here is Jonah’s first film project.
This event is sponsored by the OSU Agroecosystems Management Program, Sexuality Studies Program, Multicultural Center, GLBT Alumni Society, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and College of Wooster Environmental Studies. Additional support is provided by OSU’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, Film Studies, DISCO Grad Caucus, GradQueers, and Queer Behavior.