Ground Operations is a call to action featuring a documentary film and a national tour of audience engagement events that feature a screening of the film, farm-fresh food and farmer-veteran speakers. We invite everyone interested to join and share our campaign to strengthen the network of combat veterans transitioning into sustainable agriculture; and to help increase the resources necessary for them to create healthy new lives for themselves and food security for communities across America. Join the mission to share the vision.
What: Let us help you create an exciting and memorable screening event for your community, introducing local farm-veterans, enjoying good food, an engaging film andan audience call to action. We have a format which you can customize to suit your style and intention.
When: Allow for plenty of time to coordinate, 6-8 week minimum, 2-3 months preferable. Plan to email, snail mail and call guests to attend.
Where: A theater, private home, art gallery, restaurant, university, or?
How Long: Allow for 2-1/2 to 3 hours (film is 40 minutes)
Who to Invite: Veteran organizations, agricultural groups, healthcare professionals, educators, farmers market participants, local officials and folks who simply want access to delicious, fresh food, sourced locally.
Hosts: Think about collaborating with other groups (above) as Co-Hosts to share responsibilities, invitation lists, costs and good will.
Outreach: Ground Ops can provide a press release, poster template, 4×6 postcards, online ticketing, DVDs, website & Facebook postings.
Farmer-Veterans: We will help identify and book a veteran farmer, rancher or artisan food producer in your area, to speak at the event.
Filmmakers: If at all possible, one of the producers will attend to do Q&A and share the goals of the GROUND OPERATIONS national campaign to support veterans in sustainable agriculture.
Celebrate Good Food: Whether it is atomato taste-testing, herbed goat cheese & crackers, a light meal of seasonal soup & salad, simply some Non-GMO popcorn, and wine, or home-baked pastries and tasty tea, this is a wonderful way to start the event.
Flavor or Theme: Do sponsors want to stock goodie bags with brochures, sample giveaways, etc.? At this art gallery we featured artisan food producers. We’ve done them in barns, vineyards, and corporate offices. Give it your own geographical signature.
Veteran Products: Ask veteran & agricultural organizations to bring literature about their programs. Invite your farmer-veteran speaker to bring their products to sell. Beekeeper Frank Golbeck gave out samples of his honey mead wine to the delight of guests!
Fundraisers: If you are raising money for the featured farmer veteran’s business, the Ground Operation campaign, or your own community group, consider selling DVDs, or perhaps do a silent auction along with straight donations.
License the Film
For your school, organization or community
- Contact us with your request for a license to screen the film (for groups or a series of individuals.)
- We will send you a copy of the License Agreement and an invoice.
- Send back the signed License Agreement with your payment by check or credit card. (We’ll work with purchase orders.)
- We will send you the DVD, links to press releases, publicity posters, tips for screenings & audience engagement forms.
- Give us the time, date, address of your event and we will post on our website screening page & Facebook.
- The DVD (BluRay $10 additional)
- The license agreement
- Publicity posters
- Postcards (optional, cost per amount ordered)
Please contact us to directly for wholesale DVD pricing should you want to offer these to members of your organization as a gift for donations, to send to clients, to sell copies of the film at an event or other creative ideas.
For more information about hosting a screening or licensing the film, email firstname.lastname@example.org