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Filmmaker Q&A: Vertical - The Future of Farming


A discussion with co-director's Scott Morris, Jay Windland, and Hugh Neri, Cast / Founder of Nexgarden, a vertical farming startup.

59 minutes, $free

We met with co-directors Scott Morris and Jay Windland, and cast Hugh Neri, founder of Nexgarden, via Zoom in October 2020 during our first virtual festival due to COVID.

Friday Harbor Film Festival wishes to congratulate the filmmakers for winning "Best Documentary Short” in the FHFF 2020 AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS!


Scott Morris, Co-Producer/Co-Director

Jay Windland, Co-Producer/Co-Director

Hugh Neri, Cast / Founder of Nexgarden, a vertical farming startup

This is a recording of the live FILMMAKER Q&A ONLY and does NOT include the viewing of the film. The film is offered to view as a double-feature with GROWING SOLUTIONS for $5.95 HERE through January 31.


Scott Morri | Jay Windland, Co-directors

Emmy-nominated filmmaker Scott Morris has produced and directed a number of documentary films including White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America. He is the Creative Director at Waka Waka Studios, where he's directed commercials and web videos garnering a global audience of more than 25 million viewers.

Jay Winland is a Seattle-based documentary filmmaker and photographer. Starting from a background in broadcast news, he went on to contribute cinematography to documentary films including: When I Walk and On a Scale of 1 to 10, in addition to creating branded content for companies like SpaceX and Redfin. Over the last few years, Jay has had the opportunity to capture stories for media outlets like Money Magazine and Discovery Science, as well as direct live broadcasts for major recording artists at the Sasquatch! and Upstream Music Festivals.


Vertical: The Future of Farming follows a new generation of urban, indoor farmers, whose approach to food production offers the potential to combat climate change while feeding hundreds of millions. From New York City, to Portland, Oregon to Singapore, these farmers are turning agricultural conventions on their head by utilizing vertical space in cities, rather than expansive rural fields. The result, according to retired Columbia Professor Dickson Despommier, represents the "next evolutionary jump in humanity's quest for a reliable, sustainable food supply."

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