Maine Farmland Trust, the Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Coop are co-sponsoring a three-part film series in the Abbott Room at the library on Tuesdays, May 11, 18 and 25. Films will begin at 6:30 p.m., are free of charge, and will be followed by a discussion.

“Meet Your Farmer

On May 11, the series will be kicked off by Maine Farmland Trust, a statewide nonprofit that works to preserve farmland and keep Maine’s farms farming. Last year, MFT commissioned local filmmakers Cecily Pingree and Jason Mann, from Pull-Start Pictures, to create eight short documentaries that tell the diverse stories of eight Maine farms: From Aroostook to York, from potatoes to dairy, from large commercial operations to small farms that sell directly to local people. The result: “Meet Your Farmer,” will premier June 25 at the Strand Theatre in Rockland; May 11 will be a unique pre-screening for the local Belfast audience, featuring four of the eight shorts followed by a presentation by MFT’s executive director, John Piotti.

“These short films are real gems.” said Piotti. “The cinematography is beautiful, and the interviews with farmers are so personal. You are left with a real gratitude for the work they do, day in, day out, to grow the food that feeds us.”

“Dirt! The Movie”

On May 18, come and see “DIRT! The Movie,” directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, and narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis. “DIRT!,” hailed as thought-provoking, with welcome humor and pizazz, will take you inside the wonders of the soil. The official selection for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, this film emphasizes that soils are living, breathing systems. Yet, in modern industrial pursuits, our human connection and respect for soil has been disrupted.

“DIRT! The Movie” brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. Healthy gardens, healthy people, healthy communities begin with healthy dirt.

“In Transition 1.0”

The series will end May 25 with a film from the United Kingdom, “In Transition 1.0” (provided by Transition Towns Rockland). “In Transition” is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by those who know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground.

The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, imagination and humor, and setting about to rebuild their local economies and communities. It is positive, solutions focused, viral and fun.

Members of the community in Belfast, Lincolnville, Hope and Rockland who have participated in the Transition Towns Training and plan to introduce this powerful model locally will be present to introduce themselves, share their vision, and answer questions.

For more information call the Belfast Free Library at 338-3884, ext. 10.