SEED: The Untold Story

April 20, 2017
7:30pm Mountain Time
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NET and The Historic Midwest Theater proudly present this online event featuring SEED: The Untold Story. This event is the kick off for the Midwest Theater's 8th Annual REEL EARTH FESTIVAL, a celebration of films that will make you think about how we view the earth, from an extraordinary tale of seeds, to the water in our oceans, to the silence we are lucky to have in Nebraska.

After viewing SEED: The Untold Story, the filmmaker and stars of the film will join us for a live Q&A via Google Hangouts.

The post film Q&A will feature:

Jon Betz, Co-Director of SEED: The Untold Story

Will Bonsall, Scatterseed Project (featured in the film)

Beth Corymb, Meadowlark Hearth

Bill McDorman, Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (featured in the film)

Claire Hope Cummings, Environmental Lawyer & Award Winning Journalist

Moderated by: Dick Meyer

Video Descriptions

S18 Ep13: SEED: The Untold Story

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, which have been worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed-keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy.


200 minutes


  • Danielle Orange

  • Chi


  • Jon Betz

    Jon Betz is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. He is the producer and editor for QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (2010). QUEEN OF THE SUN was critically- acclaimed during it’s U.S. theatrical release and heralded by The New York Times as “Revelatory! A Critic’s Pick” His previous film, MEMORIZE YOU SAW IT (2008) journals his experience as an aid worker living with former-child soldiers in Eastern Uganda. Betz is the director of distribution at Collective Eye Films, a non-profit media production and documentary distribution organization based in Portland, Oregon.

  • Will Bonsall

    Will Bonsall is the director of the Scatterseed Project, which he founded to help preserve our endangered crop-plant diversity. His first book, Through the Eyes of a Stranger (Xlibris, 2010), is an eco-novel set in a sustainable society of the future. Will lives and farms in Industry, Maine, with his wife, Molly Thorkildsen, and two sons.

  • Claire Hope Cummings

    Claire Hope Cummings is an award winning author, broadcast journalist, and environmental lawyer. Her stories are about connecting people, place and plants and respect for the ancient wisdom of traditional land based cultures.

  • Beth & Nathan Corymb

    Beth and her husband Nathan Corymb trained in biodynamic agriculture at Camphill village Kimberton Hills. In 2010 they moved to Nebraska and began Meadowlark Hearth Farm, where they developed wholesale Biodynamic seed production along with a CSA, dairy, beef, pork, poultry, and market vegetable production. At Meadowlark Hearth, they integrate the farming and seed work into education and therapeutic work under the auspices of the Living Environment Foundation, a non-profit with a two-fold focus on biodiversity and serving vulnerable populations.

  • Bill McDorman

    Bill McDorman is Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, Ketchum, Idaho. He got his start in the bio-regional seed movement while in college in 1979 when he helped start Garden City Seeds in Missoula, Montana. In 1984, Bill started Seeds Trust /High Altitude Gardens, a mail order seed company he ran successfully until it sold to an intern in 2013. He authored the book, Basic Seed Saving, in 1994. In 2010, he and his wife Belle Starr created Seed School, a nationally recognized weeklong training. He served as Executive Director of Native Seeds/SEARCH from 2011 to 2014.

  • Dick Meyer (Moderator)

    Owner of Scottsbluff Landscaping, a landscape design and contracting firm serving western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming, for nearly 40 years. Over the course of his career he has been an early adopter of sustainable landscaping practices and in recent years has developed a strong interest in the larger related issue of urban ecology. He has served on the boards of the Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. From 1999 to 2012 he wrote a weekly gardening and landscaping column for the Scottsbluff Star Herald called The Prairie Garden Journal. Over the past 6 years he has also lived and worked part time in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Fresno, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah, providing an opportunity to observe first hand the significant effects of human activity on diverse regions of the western United States, and the efforts of those communities to address the related issues.

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