Kind of a Big Dill

Kind of a Big Dill

A Film by Zachary Rothenberg, Nidjee Lisson, and Mohammad Jashim Uddin

The Summer Media Institute is a six-week intensive program designed to teach youth media skills. In their final project, students collaborated to create documentaries about issues facing the Cambridge community.

"Kind of A Big Dill is an informational documentary exploring the rise of local food in the Boston area. The piece centers around Shawn Cooney, the former head of a software startup, who now grows produce in shipping containers in East Boston. The backdrop for the piece is the newly opened Boston Public Market, the nation’s first year round, indoor market with all local products. The title, Kind of A Big Dill, is punny, but at the same time draws attention to the magnitude of the emerging local food revolution. To the people who have devoted their time into this market, an enterprise spanning decades, local food really matters. In addition, the artists highlight the recent developments in the movement, prompting the audience to think about the future of their food. The ability to source local food directly from the cities themselves is, as the artists describe humorously, kind of a big deal. The production features the voices of prominent government officials and local farmers alike, weaving together to form a comprehensive exploration into why this movement matters not only to those involved, but to all of us whom local food will soon affect."

Produced by:
Zachary Rothenberg
Nidjee Lisson
Mohammad Jashim Uddin