Abandoned: The Plight of American Family Farms

Abandoned: The Plight of American Family Farms

Abandoned is a haunting four-minute short film directed by David Altobelli, accompanied by Karen O’s cover of Willie Nelson’s Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys. Chipotle commissioned this short film as part of its campaign to raise awareness about the negative effects of industrialized farming.

The film follows three young boys as they enter and explore a dusty, vacant farmhouse in the quiet hours before dawn. Abandoned works because it feels like a music video, not a message film about the dire straits of family farms. Only at the very end of the film is Chipotle’s branding established, along with a pitch for Farm Aid.

Abandoned: The Plight of American Family Farms

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Back to the Start: Choosing a More Sustainable Future

Back to the Start: Choosing a More Sustainable Future

Back to the Start is a stellar animated short film by the acclaimed animator Johnny Kelly, created at London’s esteemed Nexus Productions. The film very eloquently dramatizes the story of a farmer who slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the errors of his ways. When a crisis of conscience takes hold, the farmer returns to his low-impact ways and opts for a more sustainable future. All the while, Willie Nelson sings a cover of Coldplay’s The Scientist, the one that goes “…I’m going back to the start.” Both the film and the soundtrack were commissioned by Chipotle to emphasize the importance of developing a more sustainable food system.

Back to the Start: Choosing a More Sustainable Future

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Decades of Musical History: A Tribute to Legendary Musicians

Sly Stone with Reel-to-Reel Tape Player

Johnny Cash Deep in Thought

Most of the photographs of the legendary musicians in this video, representing decades of musical history, might be familiar to a number of music fans: Johnny Cash deep in thought in 1959, Bob Dylan sitting at a piano wearing his Ray-Ban sunglasses in 1965.  Others have rarely been seen, including the 1973 picture of Sly Stone in front of a tape player and the dramatic 1963 photograph of Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, recording his spoken-word album I Am the Greatest! Photographs of other major musicians that are included in this music video include pictures of Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the late folk-singer Steve Goodman, Willie Nelson and many others.

The music accompanying the video is The Band’s Tears of Rage.

Decades of Musical History: A Tribute to Legendary Musicians

Music by The Band: Tears of Rage

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