published Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Screenings at Barking Legs

Films showcase midwifery, indie music, sustainable agriculture

Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will host three movie screenings in coming days. See www.barkinglegs.org for more.

Friday, Feb. 8: Birth Chattanooga and My Smart Hands with Adele will offer a pre-release screening of the award-winning film "Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives." The film tells the story of a group of counterculture women who began delivering each other's babies in 1970 on a caravan of hippie school buses, headed to a patch of rural Tennessee land. With Ina May Gaskin as their leader, the women taught themselves midwifery and, with their families, founded the communal agricultural society called The Farm.

The screening starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance from www.birthstorychattanooga.wordpress.com, $10 at the door.

All proceeds will be donated to ICAN of Chattanooga, which advocates against unnecessary Caesarean sections.

• Saturday, Feb. 9: Chattanooga film club Mise En Scenesters will roll out two indie music documentaries from filmmaker Dave Markey at its next gathering.

The salute, scheduled for 8:30 p.m., will feature Markey's 1982 classic hard-core punk documentary "Slog the Movie" as well as a screening of "My Career as a Jerk," his new film about punk-rock legends The Circle Jerks.

Tickets are $5. Beer will be available for purchase.

All proceeds from this event will be sent directly to Mr. Markey himself, so you can feel good about the fact that you're celebrating the work and career of a true independent filmmaker," said Chris Dortch, founder and programmer. For more information, visit www.mesfilmclub.com.

• Tuesday, Feb. 12: Gaining Ground and Crabtree Farms are among the sponsors of the screening of "Fresh," which celebrates the people across America who are reinventing the food system, taking it from the industrial model back to a healthier, sustainable alternative. Farming activist Will Allen, who is featured in the film, will visit Chattanooga on Feb. 26 as part of the Hunter Lecture Series. Details are available on the series' Facebook page.

The screening starts at 6 p.m.

Admission is free.

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