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‘Weedeater’ Reps Radical Ecology

‘Weedeater’ Reps Radical Ecology

'Weedeater' employs an experimental format to chronicle the existence of radical ecologist Nance Klehm. The documentary screens July 16 and 17 at the Guild Cinema and includes a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

Film Explores Nance Klehm’s World 


Self-described Earth steward Nance Klehm is an ecological systems designer, permaculture practitioner, teacher and speaker. Rightly hesitant to confine a documentary on Klehm to traditional talking-head footage, Los Angeles-based filmmakers Eden Batki, Marty Windahl and Amy von Harrington — all artists themselves — embrace an experimental format, including animation, in “Weedeater,” their 66-minute attempt to capture Klehm’s ineffable essence.


Discussing growing for fertility, Klehm reframes weeds’ place in the ecological landscape, noting how some are soil healers and vital companion plants. With my obsessive-compulsive tendencies, watching her pluck and taste weeds amid the urban landscape was challenging, but that says more about my tendency to reach for the hand sanitizer first and ask questions later. As an explorer of soil’s “dark cosmos,” Klehm asks questions first and never stops.


Take advantage of two opportunities to screen “Weedeater” and converse with the filmmakers at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17, at the Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE). Learn more about the film at weedeaterdocumentary.com.

July 16 & 17, 1 p.m.
Guild Cinema, 3405 Central NE
255-1848, guildcinema.com


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