Have you ever started a band and been part of one of those long brainstorming sessions in search of a name? There are so many considerations: What images will the name evoke? Will it communicate the sound and the attitude of your music? Has anyone else used it? Does it make a good acronym? How many umlauts should you use?
Well, if you've been here before, or just read some of the blog posts below, you'll have notice that the title of our documentary has changed from RADICAL ROOTS: REVOLUTIONS OF THE TWIN CITIES FOOD CO-OPS to FOOD REVOLUTION: CLASS, CULTS & CO-OPS. We changed the name to emphasize the relevance of our story to people outside of the Twin Cities, to bring up the idea of class as an area of controversy in the food movement, and to intrigue people with the prensence of a shadowy cult, which is how many of the people we interviewed described the Cooperative Organization (including several ex-members). Also, the official name of the workers' organization that runs the Seward Cafe is the Radical Roots Collective, so we'd rather not tread on their territory.
FOOD REVOLUTION, on the other hand, potentially treads on the territory of English uber-chef Jamie Oliver as well as these guys. While probably not a copyright problem, it may cause confusion and upset not only a man with a worldwide fanbase but a man named Ocean, which is an awesome name. So stay tuned to find out if this name sticks or if the super-perfecto name floats down from heaven at some point.
In the meantime, we are in the midst of transcribing interviews and doing a lot of the business end of the documentary process. Soon we will be increasing our social media presence in preparation for a Kickstarter push, so be sure to click on our Facebook and Twitter buttons to get yourself connected.