Prairie Pulse 921;Emily Beck, Fargo Theatre Executive Director & Preview of Fargo Film Festival 2012


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>> HELLO AND WELCOME TO "PRAIRIE PULSE."
COMING UP A LITTLE BIT LATER IN
THE SHOW, WE'LL HAVE ANOTHER OF
OUR FOOD SEGMENTS FUNDED BY THE
NORTH DAKOTA HUMANITIES COUNCIL.
BUT JOINING ME NOW IS EMILY BECK, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF
THE FARGO THEATER, BUT ALSO DIRECTOR OF THE FARGO FILM FESTIVAL.
AND THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT TODAY.
EMILY, THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY.
>> MY PLEASURE.
THANKS FOR HAVING ME.
>> AS WE GET STARTED, TELL THE
FOLKS ABOUT YOURSELF, YOUR BACKGROUND, WHERE YOU ARE ORIGINALLY FROM.
>> SURE. I WAS BORN IN FARGO, RAISED IN
VALLEY CITY, NORTH DAKOTA AND I SPENT MY SUMMERS IN HIGH SCHOOL
IN HERE IN FARGO ATTENDING THE PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL.
AFTER GRADUATION I MOVED TO
ATTEND MSUM AND BE A PART OF THEIR FILM STUDIES PROGRAM
THERE, WITH WHICH WAS REALLY
JUST BURGEONING AT THE TIME.
SO THAT WAS INCREDIBLE TO GET ON THE GROUND FLOOR.
AFTER GRADUATION I WORKED FOR
THE MARKET THEATERS CORPORATION IN TOWN.
BUT I ALWAYS HAD MY EYE ON THE FARGO THEATER.
I KNEW VERY EARLY ON THAT WAS
THE PLACE I LOVED AND HOPED TO SOMEDAY WORK.
>> THEN HOW DID YOU COME TO BE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR?
>> WELL, ACTUALLY, THE WEEK I
GRADUATED, MARGIE BAILLY, THE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT THE TIME,
MY RÉSUMÉ AND A LETTER SAYING I
LOVE THE FARGO THEATER, IF YOU
EVER HAVE AN OPENING PLEASE CONSIDER ME.
LESS THAN A YEAR LATER THEY DID
HAVE A POSITION THAT OPENED UP AND SHE GAVE ME A PHONE CALL.
I CAME ON-BOARD AS A FILM PROGRAMMER, FESTIVAL
COORDINATOR.
AND THEN LAST SUMMER WHEN MARGIE
RETIRED, I TRANSITIONED TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
>> CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT.
AND NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT THE FESTIVAL.
THE -- AND THAT'S BECOME A
MAINSTAY OVER THERE BECAUSE IT'S NOW YEAR 12.
>> YEAR 12.
>> AND TALK ABOUT HOW THE
FESTIVAL HAS GROWN IN THOSE 12 YEARS.
>> EXPONENTIALLY.
IT'S BEEN INCREDIBLE.
I STARTED WITH THE FESTIVAL AS A VOLUNTEER BACK IN SCHOOL AND
IT'S BEEN SO MUCH FUN TO SEE IT
JUST KIND OF COME INTO ITS OWN.
THE FIRST FESTIVAL 12 YEARS AGO HAD 30 FILMS.
THIS YEAR WE RECEIVED A RECORD-BREAKING NUMBER OF
ENTRIES AND WE'LL BE SHOWING
MORE THAN 100 FILMS THROUGH THE
COURSE OF FIVE DAYS, FROM NINE
DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, MORE THAN 20 DIFFERENT STATES.
IT'S BEEN INCREDIBLE TO WATCH.
>> SO WHAT KINDS OF FILM WILL PEOPLE L BE SEEING?
>> ALMOST EVERYTHING. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE
PRIDE OURSELVES ON IS HAVING SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.
SO THERE'S COMEDIES, THERE'S DOCUMENTARY, THERE'S
EXPERIMENTAL FILMS AND THERE'S SOME INCREDIBLE ANIMATION.
>> WELL, AND I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF SPECIAL GUESTS.
AND OTHER THINGS YOU MAY BE WORKING ON, TOO.
BUT I GUESS TUESDAY NIGHT, MARCH
6th YOU DO HAVE FILM DIRECTOR
KEVIN SMITH OF CLERKS THING COMING. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT?
>> ABSOLUTELY.
WE ARE SO EXCITED TO TOPE FILM FESTIVAL CAN KEVIN SMITH.
KEVIN IS NOTHING IF NOT HAS THE HEART OF A TRUE INDEPENDENT FILM MAKER.
HIS FIRST FILM "CLERKS" THAT YOU
MENTIONED CAME OUT IN 1994.
HE SHOT IT FOR $27,000.
HE CAST HIS FRIENDS AND HE SHOT
IT IN THE GAS STATION THAT HE WAS WORKING AT.
AND THEN IT WENT ON TO PLAY THE
CANNE FILM FESTIVAL AND THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL AND THEATERS AROUND THE COUNTRY.
AND KEVIN HAS REALLY STAYED TRUE
TO THAT VOICE THAT UNIQUE NEW JERSEY SENSIBILITY.
HE'LL BE APPEARING ON STAGE PARTIALLY IN CHARACTER AS A
SILENT BOB, THE CHARACTER THAT
HE'S PLAYED IN MANY OF HIS FILMS
WITH HIS PARTNER IN CRIME, JASON MUSE.
THEY'LL BE ON STAGE AT THE FARGO THEATER.
>> AND ALSO I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT ANIMATION DIRECTORS, DON HERTZFELDT WILL BE THERE.
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THIS SOME.
>> ABSOLUTELY.
DON MIGHT NOT BE A HOUSEHOLD
NAME, BUT SHE SOMETHING OF A
PHENOM PRESIDENT AT 21, AT AGE
21, DON RECEIVED AN AWARD
NOMINATION FROM THE CANNE FILM
FESTIVAL AND HE IS INCREDIBLE.
HIS WORK IS VERY MINIMALISTIC.
HE TELLS STORIES WITH SIX
FIGURES AND HE HAS A VERY UNIQUE SENSE OF HUMOR.
SO HE TAKES THE LIVES OF THESE
HILARIOUS AND KIND OF PROFOUND
LITTLE PEOPLE AS THEY MOVE THROUGH THE WORLD.
HIS WORK IS FASCINATING.
>> UH-HUH. WELL, OKAY. NOW, LET'S TALK TO THE FOLKS
ABOUT THE CATEGORIES AND THEN SORT OF THE COMMITTEES, THE JURYING COMMITTEES THAT MAKE UP THE FESTIVAL.
I UNDERSTAND SEVEN CATEGORIES OF FILM THIS YEAR?
>> YEP, SEVEN CATEGORIES OF FILM.
ANIMATION, DOCUMENTARY SHORT, DOCUMENTARY FEATURE,
EXPERIMENTAL, NARRATIVE SHORT,
NARRATIVE FEATURE AND OUR STUDENT CATEGORY, WHICH IS
ALWAYS WILDLY POPULAR.
>> WELL, GOOD.
SO I TELL YOU WHAT, LET'S JUST
WITHOUT ANY MORE TALK HERE,
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE
CLIPS FROM THE WINNING FILMS IN
EACH CATEGORY.
>> I AM ROGER.
I WAS BORN ON THE 21st OF MAY
1909 ON THE KITCHEN TABLE IN MASSACHUSETTS.
I AM NOW 100 YEARS OLD AND I
HAVE NO MEDICATION AND LOOK
FORWARD TO THE NEXT MATCH.
>> I DIDN'T PULL THE TRIGGER THAT DAY.
I DIDN'T SHOOT THOSE CHILDREN,
AND I DIDN'T SHOOT THEIR FATHER
OR THOSE MEN ON THE GROUND, BUT
I AM A PART OF THAT SYSTEM THAT
KILLED THOSE PEOPLE.
AND I THINK EVERY AMERICAN IS A
PART OF THAT SYSTEM BECAUSE
EVERY TAXPAYER PAYS INTO THIS
BIG WAR MACHINE AND THEY DON'T
DIG DEEP ENOUGH INTO WHERE THEIR MONEY IS GOING.
I THINK THEY JUST SIT BACK AND THEY'RE LIKE IT'S NOT MY
PROBLEM.
BUT IF EVERYBODY WAS A STAND-UP
AND SAY THIS IS -- NO MORE, WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO IT
ANYMORE, WE WANT TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING ON, THEN, YOU KNOW,
IT WOULD MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.
>> BILL, CAN YOU HEAR ME, BILL?
>> LOOK AT ME, BILL.
LOOK AT ME.
>> 140 OVER 90.
>> BILL, CAN YOU HEAR ME?
>> BILL?
THE LAST THING BILL CAN REMEMBER
IS SPEAKING TO HIS EX-GIRLFRIEN EX-GIRLFRIEND.
>> $5. >> WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?
>> ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.
>> LET ME SEE IT.
>> OKAY.
>> EXCUSE ME, MISS.
WE'RE ABOUT TO CLOSE THE GATE.
>> CLOSE IT?
I'M NOT GETTING ON THE PLANE.
>> MISS, ARE YOU BOARDING THIS PLANE OR NOT?
>> NO, I TOLD YOU I'M NOT.
>> OKAY.
DO YOU HAVE ANY BAGS CHECKED IN?
>> YES.
YES, I DO. SORRY.
>> OKAY.
WELL, WE CAN'T TAKE OFF UNTIL
WE'VE REMOVED YOUR BAGS FROM THE

>> WHICH ONE?
WHICH ONE CAN SAVE HIM?

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
>> SOME SHORT CLIPS THERE.
I GUESS IF PEOPLE WANT MORE,
THEY'LL NEED TO COME TO THE FESTIVAL. WE ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO THAT.
ANY COMMENTS ABOUT SOME OF THE VIDEO WE SAW THERE?
>> AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE'S A GREAT VARIETY THIS YEAR.
A FEW OF THE FILMS THAT REALLY
MADE AN IMPACT WITH ME WERE I
THINK YOU SAW A CLIP FROM -- OUR DOCUMENTARY FEATURE WINNER "AGE
OF CHAMPIONS" WHICH SHOWCASES
THESE INCREDIBLE SENIORS, SOME
OF THEM UP TO 100 YEARS OF AGE
AND THEY COMPETE EVERY YEAR IN
THE SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES.
IS A PORTION OF THEIR DAILY
LIVES AND LEADING UP TO THE BIG COMPETITION.
IT'S HILARIOUS AND A LITTLE INSPIRATIONAL AND KIND OF HEART-WARMING.
SO I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND PEOPLE CHECK THAT ONE OUT.
ON THE OTHER END OF THE TOKEN
THERE, OUR DOCUMENTARY SHORT WINNER IS A FILM CALLED
"INCIDENT IN NEW BAGHDAD" AND
THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE FILM THAT
IS CURRENTLY NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST
DOCUMENTARY SHORT OF THE YEAR.
IT TELLS THE STORY OF ARMY VET ETHAN McCORD AND HIS
EXPERIENCES IN BAGHDAD, AND HE
WAS ACTUALLY A PART OF A RATHER
INFAMOUS ASSAULT ON PEOPLE OF
BAGHDAD THAT BECAME A WIKI LEAKS
VIDEO THAT STARTED A FIRESTORM IN THE MEDIA.
SO IT KIND OF IS A REFLECTION OF
HIS TAKE ON THE SITUATION NOW
AND HIS ROLE AS A SPEAKER AS HE
TRAVELS THE COUNTRY AND TRIES TO
RAISE AWARENESS FOR PTSD OF SOLDIERS.
SO THAT'S PRETTY INCREDIBLE.
ANOTHER GREAT FILM THAT WE'RE
SHOWCASING THIS YEAR IS "MET"
AND THAT'S AN EX -- "MELT." THAT'S AN EXPERIMENTAL FILM.
I THINK OFTEN PEOPLE HAVE THE
IDEA THAT IT'S UNACCESSIBLE OR
JUST FOR THE HIGH BROW FILM
CRITIC, BUT I LIKE TO THINK OF EXPERIMENTAL AS THERE FOR
EVERYONE, THINK OF IT MORE LIKE A PAINTING.
YOU GO AND YOU SEE THESE BEAUTIFUL IMAGES AND YOU HEAR
THE SOUND AND THE MUSIC AND IT'S MADE TO CREATE A CERTAIN EMOTION IN YOU.
AND WHATEVER THAT EMOTION IS,
WHETHER IT'S JOY OR BOREDOM OR
ANGER OR FOR ME IN THIS CASE
AWE, THAT EMOTION IS YOURSELF
AND YOU GET THAT FROM SEEING A FILM LIKE THIS.
SO I WOULD REALLY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER TAKEN THE
CHANCE TO SEE AN EXPERIMENTAL
FILM TO DIP THEIR TOE IN THE
WATER AT THE FILM FESTIVAL.
>> HMM, WELL, GOOD.
THAT SOUNDS EXCITING.
OTHER THINGS WE WANT TO TALK
ABOUT, BUT ONE OF THE THINGS IS VOLUNTEER EFFORTS THAT IT TAKES
TO PUT THIS FESTIVAL ON.
CAN YOU -- HOW MANY VOLUNTEERS AND WHAT ALL DO THEY DO?
>> IT'S INCREDIBLE.
WE HAVE 54 SERVING VOLUNTEERS
THIS YEAR WITH THE FARGO FILM
FESTIVAL AND THEY DO EVERYTHING
FROM HELP WITH VIP CATERING TO
ACTUALLY ONE OF THEIR KEY ROLES
IS SERVING ON THE JURY FOR THE FILM FESTIVAL.
THEY WATCH THE SUBMISSIONS.
THEY GET TOGETHER.
THEY WATCH HOURS AND HOURS AND
HOURS OF SUBMITTED FILMS AND THEY COME TOGETHER TO MAKE
DECISIONS ON WHAT SHOULD BE
SELECTED FOR THE FILM FESTIVAL
AND WHAT SHOULD BE GIVEN AWARDS.
THEY'RE ALSO GREAT AMBASSADORS
DURING THE FILM FESTIVAL.
SO IF YOU ARE AT THE FEST AND YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE
FILM OR A PARTY OR WHERE TO GO OR WHAT TO SEE, OUR FILM
FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS AROUND AND THEY'RE HAPPY TO
ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS OR POINT YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
>> WHEN I -- YOU MENTIONED MARGIE BAILLY.
AND MARGIE BAILLY HAD BEEN THERE
FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND YOU'RE
REPLACING HER, THE EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR, AND FESTIVAL DIRECTOR I GUESS.
AND CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HOW THAT
TRANSITION HAS BEEN GOING?
>> IT'S BEEN EXCELLENT.
MARGIE, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF
WORKING WITH MARGIE FOR THREE
YEARS BEFORE THE TRANSITION, AND
SHE REALLY TOOK ME UNDER HER
WING AND SHOWED ME THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE FESTIVAL,
EVERYTHING FROM SPONSORSHIP TO
RECRUITING FILMS AND SHE IS
REMAINING AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE FESTIVAL.
SHE SERVED ON THE DOCUMENTARY
FEATURE JURY, WHICH SHE LOVED.
SHE SAID SHE LOVED HAVING THE TIME TO SERVE ON A JURY THIS
YEAR AND SHE'S DEFINITELY BEEN
HELPING WITH EVERYTHING FROM
FUNDRAISING AND SPONSORSHIP TO PARTY PLANNING.
>> OKAY. SO SHE'S STILL INVOLVED.
>> OH, ABSOLUTELY.
>> AND I ASSUME, YOU KNOW, CAN YOU TALK SOME ABOUT THE
FUNDRAISING THAT IT TAKES FOR
THIS FESTIVAL AND MAYBE EVEN FOR THE THEATER?
I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT -- OR DO THEY BLEND IN TOGETHER?
>> ABSOLUTELY.
WELL, IN A LOT OF WAYS, THE FILM
FESTIVAL IS A FUNDRAISER FOR THE
FARGO THEATER, WHICH IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND WE
ARE ALWAYS NEEDING OUTSIDE DOLLARS TO SUPPORT THIS
BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC FACILITY AND
KEEP OUR DOORS OPEN TO OFFER GREAT FILM AND LIVE
ENTERTAINMENT FOR FARGO.
AND SO SPONSORSHIP OF THE FILM
FESTIVAL IS ONE OF THE IMPORTANT
WAYS THAT LOCAL BUSINESSES AND
INDIVIDUALS CAN SUPPORT THE FARGO THEATER.
>> OKAY.
WELL, NOW, LET'S TALK ABOUT HOW
THE BEST IN SHOW VOTING WORKS
AND WHAT FILMS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THAT AWARD.
>> ABSOLUTELY.
EVERY FILM THAT'S SUBMITTED IN TO COMPETITION CAN BE CONSIDERED
FOR A BEST IN SHOW NOMINATION.
AS THE INDIVIDUAL JURIES MEET,
LET'S STAY STUDENT CATEGORY JURY
MEETS, THEY DECIDE WHICH FILMS
TO AWARD SPECIAL AWARDS AND
WHICH FILMS TO PUT FORWARD FOR
BEST IN SHOW CONSIDERATION.
EVERYTHING FROM BEST PICTURE TO
EDITING TO SCREEN PLAY AND ACTING PERFORMANCES AS WELL.
SO THOSE JURIES PUT FORWARD
THEIR NOMINATIONS AND THEN THE FARGO FILM FESTIVAL CORE
COMMITTEE, WHICH IS MADE UP OF
MYSELF AND JURY CHAIRS AND OUR
FESTIVAL CO-CHAIRS, WE SCREEN ALL THE FILMS.
WE GET TOGETHER AND WE HASH IT OUT.
[ LAUGHTER ]
IT'S ALWAYS A LIVELY CONVERSATION.
>> OKAY.
NOW, IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, YOU'VE HAD OSCAR NOMINATED
CALIBER FILMS IN ANIMATION,
DOCUMENTARY, SHORTS, ITSELF. HOW DID THE JURY CHAIRS GO ABOUT
RECRUITING FILMS OF THIS CALIBER?
AND DOES THAT STRENGTHEN THE FESTIVAL ANY MEAN THAT'S
PROBABLY AN OBVIOUS ANSWER.
BUT CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT?
WHAT THAT MEANS?
>> ABSOLUTELY.
THIS YEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME
EVER, WE HAVE THREE ACADEMY
AWARD NOMINATED FILMS IN OUR FIST VALUE.
SO WE -- FESTIVAL.
SO WE WILL BE THE REGIONAL
PREMIERE FOR THESE INCREDIBLE SHORT FILMS.
WE HAVE AN ANIMATED SHORT, THE DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM I
MENTIONED AND THEN ONE OF THE
NARRATIVE SHORT COMEDIES IS ALSO UP FOR THE OSCAR RIGHT NOW.
SO TO GET THIS KIND OF WORK TO
FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA, IT TAKES A LOT OF LETWORK -- LEGWORK.
IT TAKES OUR VOLUNTEERS GOING OUT THERE, STUDYING THE
FIRNLINGS LEARNING WHAT'S POPULAR, LEARNING WHAT'S PLAYING
WELL, WHAT'S RECEIVING AWARDS, FINDING OUT WHO IS DOING
INNOVATIVE THINGS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND GETTING IN TOUCH WITH THOSE FILM MAKERS AND
ASKING THEM TO SUBMIT TO THE FARGO FILM FESTIVAL.
>> UH-HUH.
DO YOU THINK NOW THAT YOU'VE HAD
A FEW, DO YOU THINK THAT'S GOING TO HELP YOU GET MORE IN THE FUTURE?
>> OH, ABSOLUTELY.
THE FACT THAT WE CAN INCLUDE
THREE ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED FILMS IN OUR FESTIVAL,
DEFINITELY KIND OF RAISES THE
OVERALL PRESS THE EDGE OF --
PRESTIGE OF THE FESTIVAL, SO THAT'S GREAT FOR US.
>> ONE OF THE THINGS, AND NOW
WE'RE CHANGING IS A LITTLE BIT
THAT SEEMS POPULAR IS THIS
TWO-MINUTE MOVIE CONTEST THAT
YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE I GUESS ON FRIDAY NIGHT, MARCH 9th.
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THIS?
AND WHY THAT'S BECOME SO EXCITING?
>> YEAH, THE TWO-MINUTE IS ONE OF THE FAVORITE ACTIVITIES.
IT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR DURING THE FESTIVAL.
IT'S HUGELY POPULAR ESPECIALLY
WITH COLLEGE STUDENTS IN TOWN.
AND BASICALLY THE RULES ARE REALLY SIMPLE.
YOU MAKE A FILM THAT'S NO LONGER THAN TWO MINUTES.
YOU SUBMIT IT.
NEARLY ALL THE SUBMISSIONS ARE SCREENED AND AWARDS ARE
PRESENTED THAT NIGHT BY JUDGES
THAT ARE IN THE AUDIENCE AT THE TIME.
SO MOST OF THEM ARE COMEDIES.
IT'S AN EXCELLENT TIME.
USUALLY PACK THE THEATER.
IT'S A REALLY EXCITING ENVIRONMENT.
ANOTHER THING THAT WE'RE DOING THAT I THINK WILL REALLY APPEAL
TO COLLEGE STUDENTS THIS YEAR IS THE BELKY FEST.
A CELEBRATION OF THE FILM THE
BIG LEBOWSKI, A COHEN BROTHERS
FILM THAT'S DEFINITELY A CULT FAVORITE.
ON THURSDAY EVENING OF THE FESTIVAL, THERE WILL BE A PARTY
OVER AT ALL-STAR BOWL WHERE
PEOPLE CAN DRESS UP AS THEIR
FAVORITE LEBOWSKI CHARACTER,
TRIVIA CONTEST, BOWLING, DRINKS, IT WILL BE A GREAT TIME.
>> WELL, ALL RIGHT, NOW TELL US,
REMIND US AGAIN, WHEN IS THE FESTIVAL?
AND IF YOU ONLY HAD ONE DAY TO
COME, OR ONE TIME TO COME, HOW COULD YOU SLICK.
>> OH, I DON'T KNOW.
THAT WOULD BE A HARD ONE.
THE FESTIVAL RUNS MARCH 6th THROUGH THE 10th.
AND I GUESS IF I WAS GOING TO
PICK ONE NIGHT IT WOULD PROBABLY BE CLOSING NIGHT.
IT'S OUR BEST IN SHOW NIGHT.
WE FEATURE -- WE'LL BE FEATURING
SOME OF THE ACADEMY AWARD
NOMINEES, SOME OF THE CATEGORY WINNERS.
IT'S USUALLY AN INCREDIBLE NIGHT.
>> OKAY. WELL, WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COME TO THE FESTIVAL.
I THINK IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD TIME.
BUT REAL QUICK, TELL US ABOUT THE THEATER ITSELF. YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE SOME EXPANSION.
YOU NOW HAVE TWO THEATERS.
AND TALK JUST BRIEFLY ABOUT THAT
AND WHAT THE THEATER OFFERS FOR THE PUBLIC.
>> ABSOLUTELY.
THE ADDITION OF THE SECOND SCREEN HAS BEEN TREMENDOUSLY
HELPFUL FOR US TO INCREASE OUR PROGRAMMING.
WE'RE SHOWING MORE FILMS THAN EVER AND WE'RE ABLE TO INCREASE
OUR LIVE EVENTS, CONCERTS, COMEDIANS.
IT'S BEEN INCREDIBLE TO WATCH THAT EXPAND THROUGH OUR
PARTNERSHIP WITH JAYS PRESENTS.
WE SHOW INDEPENDENT AND FOREIGN
FILM ON A REGULAR BASIS.
WE ALSO DO A CLASSIC FILM SERIES, AN ART FILM SERIES.
WE OFFER A WIDE VARIETY OF PROGRAMMING WITH FILM.
THEN LIKE I MENTIONED, WE HAVE
ALL SORTS OF ACTS ON OUR STAGE,
COMEDIANS, LOCAL PERFORMERS TOURING BADGEDS AND SINGER-SONGWRITERS.
THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING AT THE FARGO HEATER.
>> THIS FARGO FILM FESTIVAL HAS REALLY BECOME SOMETHING.
I CONGRATULATE YOU AND WISH YOU THE BEST IN THE FUTURE.
IF PEOPLE WANT TICKETS OR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FARGO FILM FESTIVAL, WHERE CAN THEY GO?
WHO CAN THEY CONTACT?
>> FARGOFILMFESTIVAL.ORG OR FOR
TICKETS WITH AN EVENING WITH
KEVIN SMITH AND JASON MUSE, TICKETS300.COM.
>> THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY.
>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.
>> IS BIGGER ALWAYS BETTER?
DO WE SACRIFICE OUR LIFESTYLE
AND OUR SENSE OF COMMUNITY WHEN
WE STRIVE FOR BETTER EFFICIENT ANY AGRICULTURE?
WE'LL EXPLORE THOSE QUESTIONS
AND MORE IN A SEGMENT FROM THE
PRAIRIE PUBLIC NORTH DAKOTA
HUMANITIES COUNCIL PROJECT "KEY
INGREDIENTS" IN A SEGMENT
ENTITLED "ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY."
>> AS EVERY FARMER KNOWS, EFFICIENCY IS AN IMPORTANT EQUATION THAT YOU CAN'T IGNORE.
BUT I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT EFFICIENCY.
WE HAVE THIS NOTION SOMEHOW THAT
THE BIGGER YOU GET, THE MORE EFFICIENT YOU BECOME, THAT
THERE'S THAT ALMOST LOCKED-IN RELATIONSHIP.
AND SO IF YOU AREN'T GOING TO GET BIGGER, YOU ARE GOING TO BE
LESS EFFICIENT AND THEREFORE YOU ARE NOT GOING TO SURVIVE.
>> SOMETHING THAT'S EFFICIENT
HAS LITTLE WASTED MOTION AND
PRODUCES AN OUTCOME WITH MINIMAL EFFORT.
THE GOAL OF THAT IS TO CONSERVE ENERGY AND AVOID WASTE.
BUT THE EFFICIENCIES THAT ARE
GAINED IN THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM
ESPECIALLY IN THE FOOD SYSTEM HAVE THE REVERSE EFFECT.
>> AND I STARTED TO THINK ABOUT,
CREW KNOW, SOME OF MY FRIENDS
WHO FARM, WHO NOW ARE FARMING 25,000 ACRES.
WELL, IF YOU GOT THAT, YOU OUGHT
TO REALLY BE EFFICIENT, RIGHT?
BUT AT LEAST ONE QUARTER SECTION OF ONE OF MY FRIENDS WHO FARMS 25,000 ACRES IS AT LEAST 100-MILES FROM THE FARM.
IT TAKES A LOT MORE ENERGY AND TIME, ETC., TO PLANT AND HARVEST THAT SECTION THAN THE ONE THAT'S NEXT TO THE FARMSTEAD.
SO YOU START TO LOSE EFFICIENT SIS AS YOU GET LARGER.
-- LOSE EFFICIENCIES AS YOU GET LARGER.
>> THE PROBLEM IS NOT TECHNOLOGY.
IT'S OUR USE AND OUR PHILOSOPHY
OF TECHNOLOGY THAT THERE IS NO
LIMITS TO WHAT WE CAN DO.
SO IF WE HAVE A PROBLEM, WE WILL
JUST APPLY TECHNOLOGY AND OVERCOME THAT PROBLEM.
ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY CAN MEASURE
COST BENEFITS IN ECONOMIC TERMS.
BUT SOME OF THE COSTS AND BENEFITS THAT WE HAVE TO
CONSIDER ARE NOT ECONOMIC AND THEY CAN'T BE QUANTIFIED.
FOR EXAMPLE, HOW DO YOU KNOW IF SOMEBODY IS HAPPY?
HOW DO YOU MES MEASURE THAT IN QUANTITIFIBLE TERMS?
HOW DO YOU MEASURE THE VALUE OF
THE WORK THAT EARTH WORMS DO IN THE SOIL?
WHAT IS THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF
THE BEAUTY OF A NATIVE PRAIRIE? OKAY.
WE CAN'T PUT THESE THINGS INTO
AN ACCOUNTING LEDGER, TALLY IT
UP AND SAY WE HAVE ECONOMICALLY
ACHIEVED THIS IN THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY POSSIBLE.
BECAUSE IT CAN'T MEASURE THAT FOR US.
THERE'S NO TOOL TO DO THAT.
>> WHERE WE'RE AT RIGHT NOW IS
75% OF OUR TOTAL FOOD AND
AGRICULTURE IS BEING PRODUCED BY
JUST 195,442 FARMS IN THIS COUNTRY.
AND 30% OF THOSE FARMERS ARE
OVER AGED 65 AND ONLY 5% ARE UNDER AGE 35.
>> IN AMERICA RIGHT NOW, 2% OF
AMERICANS MAKE THEIR LIVING BY FARMING.
SO THAT MEANS THAT 98% OF AMERICANS ARE IN THE CONSUMER
END OF THE EQUATION ON THIS ONE.
SO WE'VE GOT A VERY SMALL SECTOR
ACTUALLY PRODUCING AND A LARGE
SECTOR LOOKING FOR THEIR NEXT FIX.
AND I WORRY OVER THAT, THAT IF WE DON'T GET MORE PEOPLE
UNDERSTANDING AND PARTICIPATING IN THE PRODUCING END OF THIS
EQUATION, THAT ONE OF THESE DAYS
WE'LL GO TO THE SUPERMARKET AND THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE
SOMETHING FOR OUR NEXT FIX.
AND THEN WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?
SO IF WE THINK ABOUT THE
ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY OF TWO
FARMERS FARMING THE SAME AMOUNT
OF PLAN -- LAND WITH THE THREE
FARMERS USED TO BE ABLE TO FARM, IT'S MORE ECONOMICALLY EFFICIENT
IF TWO GUYS AND TWO TRACTORS CAN
DO THE JOB INSTEAD OF THREE GUYS DOING THE JOB.
SO ON A STRICT BALANCE SCALE,
OKAY, JUST COSTS, INPUTS, AND OUTPUT, WE SAY THAT IS
DEFINITELY MORE ECONOMICALLY EFFICIENT.
THE PROBLEM IS THAT WE DIDN'T
ASK WHAT THE GOAL WAS, OKAY.
THE GOAL IS NEVER ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY.
THE GOAL WAS THINGS THAT MATTER TO PEOPLE.
AND WHEN PEOPLE ARE ASKED ABOUT WHAT IS IT THAT YOU REALLY LOVE
OR VALUE ABOUT LIFE, THEY DON'T
SAY ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY.
THEY SAY THINGS LIKE I WANT TO
BE ABLE TO PUT MY KIDS THROUGH
COLLEGE, I WANT THEM TO HAVE A
BETTER LIFE THAN I HAD, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO GET TOGETHER WITH
MY NEIGHBORS AND LIVE IN A SAFE
COMMUNITY, YOU KNOW, I WANT MY
KIDS TO BE ABLE TO GO TO A GOOD PUBLIC SCHOOL.
SO WHAT IS THE IMPLICATIONS OF
JUST HAVING TWO FARMERS WHERE THERE WAS ONCE 30?
SUDDENLY YOUR KID HAS TO TRAVEL
60 MILES ROUND-TRIP TO GET TO A TOWN THAT HAS A SCHOOL ANYMORE.
YOU'VE LOST 30 FAMILIES IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
SO NOW THE BUSINESSES LIKE THE
HARDWARE STORE, THE RESTAURANTS
NOW AREN'T ECONOMICALLY VIABLE ANYMORE.
SO THESE ARE THINGS THAT WE
DON'T OFTEN MEASURE BY ECONOMIC
EFFICIENCY AND WE CAN'T MEASURE.
BUT WE NEED TO KEEP THOSE VALUES
AND GOALS FRONT AND CENTER AND
KEEP ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY IN ITS
PLACE.
>> EFFICIENCY SUSPECT A MEASURE
OF -- ISN'T A MEASURE OF HAPPINESS.
IT MAY BE A MEASURE OF THE OPPOSITE OF HAPPINESS.
SO I THINK WHAT WE NEED TO
BECOME RATHER THAN TALKING ABOUT
EFFICIENT FOOD SYSTEMS IS WE
SHOULD TALK ABOUT FOOD SYSTEMS
THAT MAKE US HAPPY AND -- AND
RAISING A GARDEN AND SHARING
YOUR PRODUCE WITH YOUR NEIGHBOR
MAKES ME HAPPY, AND HAVING A
FOOD SYSTEM THAT PRODUCES LOCAL
KNEW TELEVISIONOUS FOOD THAT
I -- NUTRITION FOOD THAT I CAN
BUY MAKES A LOT OF PEOPLE HAPPY.
THAT WOULD BE MY ADVICE TO PEOPLE IS GET OFF THE WORD
EFFICIENT AND TALK ABOUT SYSTEMS
THAT MAKE US HAPPY AND HEALTHY.
WELL, THAT'S ALL WE HAVE ON "PRAIRIE PULSE" FOR THIS WEEK.
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