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ACFF celebration ahead

By Staff | Mar 27, 2015

The American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) will celebrate spring with a movie and dinner party on April 11 featuring the film Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields, its filmmaker and special guests involved with farming and veterans’ issues.

Dulanie Ellis, the filmmaker of Ground Operations and Edgar Hercila, a farmer/veteran, will be coming from Los Angeles to join the party and participate in a discussion following the movie and before


“The veterans I’ve met have as a result of producing and distributing Ground Operations give me hope in these very troubled times. I am thrilled to share this story about solutions with the American Conservation Film Festival as we all strive for positive responses to our environmental challenges,” said Ellis.

Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Opera House with the screening of this award-winning 40-minute documentary that champions combat vets who are rebuilding their lives as organic farmers and ranchers and revitalizing their communities with access to local, affordable, fresh, healthy


The film was screened at ACFF’s 2014 Festival and has been a valuable tool in making people aware of this effort and providing resources to veterans looking for meaningful employment.

“For me, the movement and this film are about continuing my service and about veterans growing foodthe way that we consume food in this country must change, and I think that veterans possess a unique set of skills that are perfect to meet this challenge,” said Hercila.

Following the movie, the party will move to the Shepherdstown Community Club for a cocktail hour and discussion with the special guests including local farmer/author Forrest Pritchard, Barbara Hartman, chief of Nutrition and Food Service at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg and two active

West Virginia farmer/veterans.

A delicious, locally-sourced buffet dinner will be served. The party is a fundraiser for ACFF, who is going into its 13th year of bringing outstanding conservation films, filmmakers and educational programs to Shepherdstown and beyond.

A few very special items will be live auctioned to add to the fun and coffers. Space

is limited and tickets are $50 per person, $200 for two at the Sponsor level and $600 for a reserve table of 8.

To purchase tickets, visit conservationfilm.org/special-events/spring-2015-fundraiser-ground-operations/. Follow Ground Operations Movie & Dinner Party on Facebook for frequent updates on the festivities.

Questions? Email Jennifer Lee at jennifer@conservationfilm.org or call 540-539-6150.