The Lowell Green Building Commission & the Lowell Film Collaborative
Our 2nd Annual Lowell Outdoor Bike-In Film Screening
THE APPLE PUSHERS
Wednesday, September 12
6:30PM: Arrival Time/Meet-n-Greet
7PM: Show Time
Shedd Park Pavilion, 433 Rogers Street (Rt. 38)
Free Admission | Rain or Shine | BYO Chairs
Bring your bikes, bring your lawn chairs, and bring a posse to our SECOND outdoor bike-in film screening at Lowell’s Shedd Park Pavilion!
Narrated by Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, The Apple Pushers captures the triumphs and the hardships of courageous immigrants who, under an innovative program, sell fresh produce in food desert neighborhoods where finding a ripe apple is a challenge. Through the lens of their powerful and deeply personal stories, the film examines such hot-button issues as food access, the obesity crisis, immigration, entrepreneurship, and what it really takes to achieve the American dream.
The film is inspired by the NYC Green Cart Initiative, which aims to increase the availability of fresh produce in city neighborhoods by creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to set up micro-businesses. Launched in 2008, the program has become a national model – using mobile vending to reach communities where rates of diabetes, heart disease and obesity are skyrocketing. A unique free-enterprise strategy, this program has launched more than 500 vendors. Catalyzed by the film, other cities are exploring and launching their own mobile-based solutions to bring economic opportunity and fresh produce to communities in need.
The Apple Pushers stands at the intersection of food access, immigration, and entrepreneurship and features a super-powered filmmaking team at the heart of its success: Producers Mary Mazzio, Tom Scott (founder of Nantucket Nectars and CEO of PLUM TV), Christine Vachon (producer of Mildred Pierce and the Academy Award-winning Boys Don’t Cry), Executive Producer Laurie Tisch of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and award-winning actor Edward Norton, who lends his narrating talents and intense personal passion to the project. As “healthy food” enthusiasts and sustainability supporters, the LFC and the Green Building Commission are PROUD to bring this inspiring documentary film to Lowell, a bourgeoning immigrant city in its OWN right!
The weather is looking terrific for this event — we look forward to seeing you, AND your bicycle!