Upcoming Festival Screenings of The Harvest/La Cosecha

American Cinematheque: Co-Presented by Slow Food Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Farmers Market, Festival International de Cine en Guadalajara, University de Guadalajara Los Angeles, University of Guadalajara Foundation/USA, Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles (more info)
Santa Monica, CA
September 14th, 7:30pm
with Panel Discussion!

San Jose, CA
September 24th, 7:oo pm

Associate Director of THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA, Julia Perez, on PBS’s Horizonte

Julia Perez, the Associate Producer of THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA, was on Arizona’s PBS show Horizonte to discuss the film and the consequences of child labor in America’s fields.  Horizonte, a weekly public affairs program, focuses on Arizona issues through a Hispanic lens and is hosted by José Cárdenas, senior vice president and general counsel of Arizona State University.

Cárdenas has interviewed a veritable who’s who of Arizona newsmakers on HORIZONTE. Governor Janet Napolitano, Congressmen Ed Pastor and Jeff Flake, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Mesa Mayor Keno Hawker, political consultant Alfredo Gutierrez, Arizona Attorney General Andrew Thomas, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mesa Police Chief George Gascon, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Arizona Supreme Court Justice Ruth McGregor have all joined Cárdenas in the Horizonte studio to discuss issues ranging from public policy to education.

Julia Perez has been advocating for many years on the issue of child labor in US fields and became involved in the film because she believed in the power of media and film to make real change–both in the stalled legislation to change child labor laws and the lives of child migrant farmworkers.

Intern with Shine Global this Fall

ShineGlobalLogoTransBGShine depends on our wonderful  interns to help us complete our work.  Without them we would not be able to make our films.  We offer the opportunity to learn how our films are made and see the inner workings of both a small non-profit and an independent film production company.  Please note that we only hire college students for our internships and can work with schools to offer credit.

For all internships positions we are looking for candidates that:

  • Are a student of an accredited college or university
  • Have living accommodations in or around NYC
  • Have at least 3.0 GPA
  • Are interested in social advocacy, educational outreach, non-profit business, and/or media
  • Must be able to work independently and meet deadlines with little supervision

We are currently looking for a Fall intern to start in September and work through December 2011.


The General Intern helps in the office with research and development as well as various tasks as they come up. The General Intern also takes an active role in designing and implementing our online marketing. In the fall of 2011 we will be finishing the distribution of THE HARVEST, with Executive Producer Eva Longoria, working in post-production on INOCENTE and another possible project, developing a third documentary, and exploring the options of expanding into narrative features.

This internship offers the opportunity to be exposed to the inside workings of independent film production at a variety of stages as well as providing insight into the workings of a non-profit organization.

In addition to the qualities above, our ideal candidate would:

• start in September 2011 and be available to work the entire semester

• be familiar with MAC OS, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), social networking, and internet research

• be able to work independently

• have excellent organizational skills

• have excellent communication and writing skills

• Video editing and/or photoshop skills are a PLUS but not necessarily required.

• Spanish language skills are also helpful but not required

Duties include but are not limited to:

• Assist film producers in the office

• Help with fundraising events

• Research news stories, foundations, and potential project ideas

• Manage Shine Global’s social networking pages

• Update the Shine Global website

• Help with marketing Shine’s documentaries online

• General administrative work

• Simple editing projects

The internship is unpaid but we are happy to work with you to earn credit at your school.


Please send a cover letter and resume to alexandra (at) shineglobal (dot) org detailing your qualifications, past experiences, and interest in film/non-profit work that make you the ideal candidate for this position.

Fedele Bauccio – A Socially Responsible Leader in the Food Industry

Fedele Bauccio, CEO of Bon Appetit Management Company, with Lucas Benitez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Florida

Fedele Bauccio, CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company, with Lucas Benitez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Florida (photo courtesy of Bon Appétit Management Co)

Fedele Bauccio is the CEO and Co-founder of Bon Appétit Management Company, a leading food service provider with over 400 cafes in 29 states nationally.  He is also leading the industry in environmentally and socially responsible practices to create a more sustainable food system.  This October, he will be honored with a James Beard Leadership Award for his inspiring positive actions and commitment to quality food and socially responsible business practices.  The other nine recipients are: Michelle Obama, for her fight against childhood obesity; Alice Waters, for her Edible Schoolyard program; sustainable agriculture advocate Fred Kirschenmann; urban farmer Will Allen; and Debra Eschmeyer, Sheri L. Flies, Jan Kees Vis, Janet Poppendieck and Craig Watson.

Bauccio has spent more than 25 years creating more sustainable initiatives throughout his industry, developing programs addressing local purchasing, the overuse of antibiotics, sustainable seafood, cage-free eggs, and the connection between food and climate change. He has also worked to improve farmworker conditions in the United States.

“I’ve spent a lot of time dealing with that hidden part of our industry in terms of agricultural workers and how they are treated,” he said, citing wages, heat conditions and other fair labor practices.  Bauccio visited Immokalee, FL, known as “Tomatoland,” and saw the conditions farmworkers labored in first hand. “America’s agricultural workers do jobs that are far more difficult and dangerous than the average retail or restaurant worker, yet these jobs are critical to our entire food chain. When I met with workers in the fields and saw first-hand how difficult their lives are, I knew that I could not, in good conscience, contribute to such a system. We buy almost 5 million pounds of tomatoes a year. I decided to use that power to make a real difference in the supply chain.”

In 2009, Bon Appétit Management Company and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farmworker organization spearheading the fight for more humane farm labor standards in Florida, created an agreement to use BAMCo’s purchasing power to better working conditions for Florida’s tomato harvesters.

The agreement included guarantees of real improvements in wages and working conditions, and provided preferential purchasing incentives for growers who were willing to raise the bar even further.  Highlights of the agreement include:

  • A “Minimum Fair Wage” – Workers will be paid a wage premium that reflects the unique rigors and uncertainty of farm labor.
  • An end to traditional forms of wage abuse – Through standards requiring growers to implement time clocks and to reconcile wages paid with pounds harvested, workers will be paid for every hour worked and every pound picked.
  • Worker empowerment – Workers will be informed of their rights through a system jointly developed by the growers and the CIW. Growers will also collaborate with the CIW and Bon Appétit to implement and enforce a process for workers to pursue complaints without fear of retribution.
  • Worker safety – A worker-controlled health and safety committee will give farmworkers a voice in addressing potentially dangerous working conditions, including pesticide, heat, and machinery issues.
  • Third-party monitoring – Growers will permit third-party monitoring that includes worker participation.

In another key provision, Bon Appétit promised to give preference to growers that exceeded its minimum standards, for instance by paying overtime — a right that farm workers are not guaranteed — or providing sick leave, holiday pay and health insurance.

The growers “can do the right thing, and our five million pounds of business can go to them,” said Bauccio “Or they can let the tomatoes rot in the fields.”

The food industry needs more people like Fedele Bauccio who care enough about the health and well being of people to use their power to make a difference.

Other Awards:

The Natural Resources Defense Council chose him for its first Going Green Award, in 2009, and in 2007 he was named a Seafood Champion by Seafood Choices Alliance. From 2006-2008, he served on the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that brought together leaders in veterinary medicine, agriculture, public health, business, government, rural advocacy, and animal welfare. He is currently a board member of Compass Group North America.

For more information on THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA visit www.theharvestfilm.com
Twitter: @theharvestdoc
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheHarvestFilm

Developing Curricula for grades 7-12. Teachers’ input wanted

Zulema Lopez, a migrant child farmworker, fits in some study time in Bear Lake, MI

Zulema Lopez, a migrant child farmworker, fits in some study time in Bear Lake, MI

As part of our mission to raise awareness and inspire change, Shine Global develops free downloadable curricula to accompany our films.   This provides educators with essential tools to promote human rights in schools to the next generation of human rights activists.  Learning about human rights is the first step toward respecting, promoting and defending the rights of all people. Teaching human rights means both conveying ideas and information concerning human rights and nurturing the values and attitudes that lead to the support of those rights.

With War/Dance, Shine partnered with Amnesty International to create and distribute a film curriculum (you can get it here).  We are now working with teachers to develop the curricula for The Harvest/La Cosecha to help children in US schools learn more about their peers who not only have to go to school but also have to work in the fields harvesting crops to support their families.  The lesson plans aim to give a complete picture of the social, cultural, economic, and political consequences of child labor in the US.

Shine Global is currently looking for input from teachers.  We want to make sure these curricula are useful to you.  Please contact Susan at susan (at) shineglobal (dot) org to learn how you can help.