In the fall semester, students in Professor Matt Ryan’s PLSCS 1900 class "Sustainable Agriculture" are asked to create a short film conveying a particular aspect of sustainable agriculture. Food and Agriculture Librarian Ashley Shea work with the class to teach traditional research search strategies, videography skills (including storyboard planning, film capture techniques and the use of editing software), and basic copyright rules and fair use considerations.

More than fifty films are submitted annually by students and judged by their classmates on creativity, quality of videography and clarity of message. Students present their films to the class during a “film festival” held in Mann Library’s conference rooms while staff from Mann serve popcorn.

All students that consent to sharing their film deposit it here for the benefit of the Cornell community. The top 15 films that were selected by the instructors and their peers are noted below, in addition to being displayed at a special exhibit on the first floor of Mann Library during the two-week December exam period.

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  • Wickham Farm 

    Valachovic, Kyle (2016)
    My video is a promotional video for Wickham Farms that incorporates the 3 pillars of sustainability.
  • (Top 15!) Cornell Dining 

    Wentworth, Allyson; Barchett; Francine (2016)
    This film reflects upon the current sustainability practices of Cornell Dining and where they hope to be in the future.
  • (Top 15!) The Pittsburgh Project 

    Volk, Emma (2016)
    This video serves to promote The Pittsburgh Project's urban farm initiative. The cultural benefits of urban farming provided by The Pittsburgh Project are highlighted.
  • Urban Vertical Farming 

    Harry, Angeline (2016)
    The following film is an animation that provides introduction and promotion of vertical farming.
  • Tomion Farm Market: Quality of Life 

    Pinckney, Chris; Galeota, Jake (2016)
    Tomion Farm market commercial video.

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