Susan Lutz, The Coffee Dance
After living in Costa Rica for fifteen years, filmmaker Susan Lutz was inspired to direct and film, The Coffee Dance, a feature length social awareness film exploring the interplay of migrant farming, poverty, and the arts. The focus of The Coffee Dance is to bring consciousness to the choices people make every day, that ultimately have an effect on the quality of life for others, by showing the connection between production and consumption.
The film was shown at the Costa Rica International Film Festival and the Centro Costarricense de Produccion Cinematografica, one of the most important cultural venues in San Jose, Costa Rica with a panel discussion afterwards. Currently the film is available on Amazon.com and Susan is exploring avenues to share the film online, at film festivals, and for possible viewing on public television. She is also hoping this film can be used as a training tool for companies who distribute and sell coffee, from baristas to buyers.
The funds from The Pollination Project will be used for supplies, transportation, and film festival application fees to help strengthen the relationships this film has built, and spread the message to a wider audience. To learn more about Susan Lutz and The Coffee Dance, check out her website and follow her on Facebook.
GRANT AWARD DATE: October 13, 2014