The new Growing Local series of short films will be screened Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St. Admission is $5 for the screening, which will be followed by a panel discussion with local farmers.

A collaboration between Belfast-based Maine Farmland Trust and Seedlight Pictures, the film series points to both the vibrancy and the growing pains of the local food movement in Maine; and the uncertain fate of the farmers and farmland that keep it alive.

Growing Local contains three short films — “Seeding A Dream,” “Pig Not Pork” and “Changing Hands.” Each focuses on a different challenge hindering the growth of the local food movement; and points toward possible solutions. After debuting the films at September’s Camden International Film Festival, Maine Farmland Trust is screening them across the state.

"While many are aware of the challenges faced by small farmers today, these three short films weave together the interconnectedness of farms, community and health in a unique and innovative way. They make us think about our values, about things we may take for granted, and, most importantly, what we can do to effect positive change," said John Piotti, president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust.

More information and a schedule can be found at mainefarmlandtrust.org. Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit organization working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance the future of farming. For more information on specific programs, visit Maine Farmland Trust, 97 Main St., or check out the website.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.