Symphony of the Soil

Symphony of the Soil

John Reganold as seen in SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL, a film by Deborah Koons Garcia. Picture courtesy Lily Films. All rights reserved.

Symphony of the Soil

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Symphony of the Soil (2012/2013)

Opened: 10/11/2013 Limited

Quad Cinema/NYC10/11/2013 - 10/17/20137 days
Music Hall 311/08/2013 - 11/14/20137 days
Quad Cinema/NYC11/29/2013 - 12/05/20137 days

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated

Discover the life beneath your feet.

LILY FILMS and New York's QUAD CINEMA are proud to present Deborah Koons Garcia's award-winning SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL (104 minutes) a compelling new documentary that explores the complexity and mystery of soil.


Anne Borin PR


Deborah Koons Garcia is best known for her 2004 film, THE FUTURE OF FOOD, which premiered theatrically at Film Forum in New York City. It continues to screen all over the world in theaters and film festivals, at food and farming conferences and community screenings. THE FUTURE OF FOOD brought the issues of genetically engineered crops and the corporate control of our food supply to the world stage and helped jumpstart the organic/local food movement.

SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL is similarly groundbreaking, presenting comprehensive information with grace and keen artistic vision.

Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world's most highly esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. In a skillful mix of art and science, soil is revealed to be a living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Most people are soil-blind and "treat soil like dirt." With the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance. The film inspires the understanding that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems including climate change, dead zones, water scarcity and world hunger.

SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL premiered at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital in 2012. The film has received an award from The Life Sciences Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, the Merit Award for Scientific Information from the Montana CINE International Film Festival, and the Cinema Verde Film Festival Food Award. In January 2013, Deborah Koons Garcia received the John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL was presented as the Hans Jenny Memorial lecture at UC Berkeley, and has screened at Yale, UC Davis, at Fresno State University as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, and Iowa State, sponsored by the Leopold Institute. Screenings in the New York area include Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Jacob Burns Film Center, and the IFC Center. The film has been seen in a wide range of venues from international gatherings such as the World Bank Film Festival in Argentina and the ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Convention of Soil Scientists, the largest gathering of its kind; to conventions and festivals such as EcoFarm, Common Ground Fair in Maine, and Bioneers.

Partial List of Participants/Interviewees

  • Dr. Vandana Shiva, Physicist and Environmental Activist
  • Dr. Ignacio Chapela, Microbial Ecologist and Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dan Barber, Chef, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and Blue Hill Restaurant, Pocantico Hills, New York
  • Dr. Daniel Hillel, Retired Professor of Soil Physics and Hydrology and Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research Columbia University, Winner of The World Food Prize 2012
  • Dr. David R. Montgomery, Professor of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington and the author of "Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations"
  • Dr. Hans R. Herren, Co-Chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge Science & Technology for Development Winner of The World Food Prize 1995
  • Dr. Fred Kirschenmann, Farmer, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and President of the Board of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
  • Dr. Elaine Ingham, President and Director of Research, Soil Foodweb Inc.
  • Dr. Peter Vitousek, Professor of Biology, Stanford University
  • Dr. Kate Scow, Professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology, Dept. of Land, Air & Water Resources, University of California, Davis
  • John Williams, Owner, Organic Winemaker, Frog's Leap Winery, Rutherford, California
  • Dr. David Pimentel, Professor of Ecology and Agricultural Sciences, Cornell University
  • Dr. John Reganold, Regents Professor of Soil Science, Washington State University
  • Bob Cannard, Farmer, Cannard Farms, Sonoma, California
  • Warren Weber, Farmer, Star Route Farms, Bolinas, California
  • Patrick Holden, Farmer, Director of the Soil Association 1995 -- 2010 United Kingdom
  • Judith Redmond, Farmer and Partner at Full Belly Farm, Capay Valley, California
  • Penny Livingston-Stark, Co-Director of the Regenerative Design Institute and Co-Manager of the Commonweal Garden Organic Farm, Bolinas, California