Rogers Brings ‘Organic’ Documentary to Oswego Sept. 20

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego will host filmmaker Shelly Rogers and screen her documentary “What’s ‘Organic’ about Organic?” at 7 p.m.  Sept. 20, at the Oswego Cinema, 138 W. Second St. in Oswego.

Rogers is the first of six American independent filmmakers who will visit Oswego during the 2011-2012 school year as part of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s On Screen/In Person film series.

“What’s ‘Organic’ about Organic?” dives into the challenges that arise when a grassroots agricultural movement evolves into a booming international market. Through the stories of farmers who steward land from Harlem to the foothills of the Rockies, from upstate New York to Florida, the film offers audiences a deeper understanding of the complexities involved in creating a more sustainable food system. The documentary has received critical acclaim and has been screened nationally and internationally.

Rogers, who produced and directed “What’s ‘Organic’ About Organic?,” will be present at the Sept. 20 screening to discuss the film and her career as a documentary filmmaker.

Raised in rural East Tennessee, Rogers has a master’s degree in media, culture, and communication from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Smith College. To accompany “What’s ‘Organic’ About Organic?,” Rogers has developed the film’s “Green & Screen” campaign, an innovative engagement strategy that combines screenings of her film with volunteer or awareness-building activities to encourage audience participation in the organic food movement.

Tickets are available from any campus box office, online at, or from Oswego Cinema. Those who buy tickets for all six films in the series before the first show Sept. 20 will receive more than a 25 percent discount. Prices are $7 each, or $30 for the series ($5 or $22 for seniors; $3.50 or $15 for students).

The series is made possible with support from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. SUNY Oswego’s cinema and screen studies program is presenting the series in collaboration with the college’s Artswego performing arts series, Oswego Cinema, the Oswego Film Club student organization and the community film organization Oswego Film Group.

For more information on the series, visit the Artswego website at