For the past three years, Rooftop Films has collaborated with the fine folks at the Rural Route Film Festival to bring a bit of pastoral cinema to the big city. Rural Route is going on tour now, and we highly recommend you check them out. Here are some early dates and descriptions:

Dec. 22, 5:15PM
“Rural Route Tour Program”

Dec. 23, 5:15PM
“Go Organic!”

Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601

Festival Director and Chicago Filmmakers will be present for Q&As!

“This year’s “Rural Route Tour” program definitely leans towards the more artistic and documentary side, in a killer good way. We’ve got fun and serious pieces from all around the world. Arctic owls in Montana, Canadian riding lawnmower races, films about light pollution, a Ukrainian poetic peasant masterpiece, dancers in the snowy Norwegian tundra, plastic lawn deer lost in Brooklyn, a man’s captivating search for his ancestors in Lithuania, and some good, ‘ol banjo playin’ at a Kentucky old folks home. Total running time is 97 minutes.

“Our “Go Organic!” program, originally screened at Anthology Film Archives in New York City, is a new component to the Rural Route tour that we consider absolutely essential. These films provide a refreshing education on the current state of agriculture, and point out positive sustainable and organic practices that you can take part in. The Meatrix and Frankensteer expose the ways of unethical farming, while others provide us with role models through CSAs, Cuban community, sustainable lemon farms, organic choices, and a new wave of female farmers leading the way. Includes Ladies of the Land, Academy Award Winner for Best Student Documentary. Total running time is 110 minutes.”

Check their myspace for New Year dates coming up in places like Silver City, NM, San Francisco, CA, and Abingdon, VA.