PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pacifica Graduate Alumni Association Hosts its 2nd annual Coming Home celebration, “Vocation and Service, A Journey of the Soul”

Pacifica Graduate Alumni Association welcomes the public to join them for a special screening of the award-winning documentary film, Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields. The film’s producers, Dulanie Ellis and Raymond Singer, will attend as will local farmer veterans, for a discussion with the audience after the film.

Pacifica Alumni will be celebrating “Vocation and Service, a Journey of the Soul,” joining to honor members of our Armed Services, current and past. The Ground Operations film and audience engagement event will be held Saturday evening, January 30, from 7:00-9:00pm at Pacifica’s 801 Ladera Lane campus in Montecito.

GROUND OPERATIONS: Battlefields to Farmfields is an award-winning documentary film and social action campaign to strengthen the growing network of combat veterans transitioning into organic farming, pastured livestock ranching and artisan food production. The documentary won the Audience Favorite award at DocUtah International Film Festival and the Solutions Award for the Aware Guide’s Transformational Film Festival.

Veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face a difficult transition to civilian life, marked by high unemployment, prescription drug addiction and staggering suicide rates. They need a place to de- escalate from the high-velocity impact of combat. They are service-driven people who need a new mission. Coincidentally, half of American farmers have reached retirement age and the USDA is calling for one million new farmers and ranchers in the next 10 years to fill the coming gap. Agriculture’s problem is the veterans’ solution. Ground Operations follows an ensemble of young men and women who tell us why they joined the military, how the war changed them, how they’ve struggled to return home and ultimately, how they found organic farming and ranching to be the answer to a dream. These veterans blow the lid of any stereotypes and you’ll be rooting for them all the way to your local farmers market. In a world full of problems, Ground Operations is a story about solutions.

Producer/Director, Dulanie Ellis had a career as a Script Supervisor on feature films for 20 years. She launched her own documentary company, Walk Your Talk Productions, in 2000 to address issues about protecting America’s food security. Ground Operations is her fifth film about sustainable agriculture.
Co-Producer/Editor, Raymond Singer teaches film production at CSU Channel Islands, and his company, Cut to the Story, is a one-stop shop, equipped to take a project from script to screen. He is an award-winning screenwriter.

“Finally, something really POSITIVE!!! – Brad,
“This is absolutely brilliant. An ‘aha’ moment for sure.” — Jayne

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