There’s probably a good movie buried somewhere in the story line of Truck Farm, an obnoxiously quirky documentary by Ian Cheney that has been circulating at film festivals. It’s about the director’s transformation of his 1986 Dodge pickup truck into a mobile “truck farm” — a 1/1,000th-acre farm designed on his truck bed using green-roof materials and heirloom seeds. Cheney is an inspiring beacon of DIY self-sufficiency and green business acumen, and he deserves a better movie. The film is constantly derailed by milquetoast folk songs about the environment and Cheney’s quest, performed by two hipsters with acoustic guitars who look like rejects from Portlandia or a conservative’s parody of environmental activists.
While I can’t necessarily recommend the film, which screens at 7 p.m. on the Museum of Art|Fort Lauderdale’s terrace as part of the museum’s “All Together Now” series, the event surrounding it is worth your time: Local artist-in-residence Luke Jenkins has created an “immersive space” for the screening to take place, working with renegade landscapers Cadence to fill the area with native plants. In a bit of guerrilla gardening, museum visitors have the opportunity to send seed bombs into the sky via Chinese lanterns, creating the potential for new flora wherever they land.
The event is free, but donations are accepted. MOA|FL is located at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-262-0245, or visit moafl.org.
Sat., April 21, 7 p.m., 2012