An Urban Food Uprising
A short film about creating food resilient neighbourhoods in times of crisis
When bushfires and a pandemic hit Australia in 2020, fresh produce skyrocketed in price, and supermarket shelves emptied. Tired of relying on fragile food systems, an inner-city Brisbane community, with the support of their local councillor, Jonathan Sri, planted an urban food uprising. A group of activists transformed abandoned plots into urban farms and orchards, gardening enthusiasts sprouted seedling swaps in their backyard, and neighbourhood residents planted sidewalk verges with shared edibles.
Mycelium: an Urban Food Uprising (12') is a film about resilience in the face of crisis, how a community challenges state ownership of land, and how growing and giving away fresh food is an act of resistance.
Mycelium: An Urban Food Uprising is the first collaborative short film directed by Christine Schindler and Nathan Gibson.
Christine Schindler is a filmmaker based in Brisbane, Australia. While she calls the community in the film home, she has worked predominantly as a visual journalist in China. She specialises in finding extraordinary characters from all walks of life that reflect our times, working to document humanity’s interaction with culture, the economy, and environment.
Nathan Gibson is a documentary filmmaker and visual journalist exploring hidden stories, peripheral communities and local histories. After several years working in China and Australia he is now based in the UK. His work maintains an ongoing focus on stories surrounding community, faith and tradition, environmentalism and human rights.
British Documentary Film Festival
7th - 1th May 2021
Nominee - Best International Short
Nominee - The Environmental Award
Thessaloniki Free Short Festival
9th May 2021
Nominee - Best Documentary Short
G Eco Film Festival
3rd - 31st July 2021
Winner - Best Story
West End Film Festival
26th July 2021
Winner - Best Film
Brisbane Backyard Film Festival
1st October 2021
Winner - Best Film
Better Cities Film Festival
7th October 2021
AFIN International Film Festival
14th - 30th November 2021
Nominee - Best Short Documentary
International Shorts Film Festival
Mycelium: An Urban Food Uprising is a film created with community for community and we love community screenings!
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Mycelium is a Film by Christine Schindler and Nathan Gibson
produced by Misha Ermingerova, Gabriel Reese and Jonathan Sri
Design elements by MEgan Keene and Anna Carlson