Hearts of Glass follows the tumultuous first 15 months of operation of Vertical Harvest (VH), a multi-story, state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse that grows crops while providing meaningful, competitively-paid jobs for people with disabilities. The film weaves the story of VH’s launch with the personal journeys of several employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Innovation and inclusion create a fertile environment for people and plants to grow.
VH is a vertical farm on 1/10 of an acre at an elevation of 6,237 feet in Jackson, Wyoming, a mountain town with extreme seasonal fluctuations in weather, population, and demand for goods and services. The employees with disabilities, part of a frequently-underestimated and chronically-underemployed group, are a vital and visible part of this community-based business.
Hearts of Glass is an intimate portrait of social entrepreneurship at the intersection of disability rights and sustainable, local food production.
Original Version / Festival Version (68 minutes)
PBS Broadcast Version (57 minutes)
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American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), Media Award
American Documentary Film Festival, Official Selection
Ashland Independent Film Festival, Official Selection
Black Hills Film Festival — Hill City, SD, Winner: Best Feature Documentary
Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Official Selection
JCC Chicago Film Festival, Official Selection
Julien Dubuque International Film Festival — Dubuque, IA, Finalist: Best Documentary
Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival, Official Selection
Princeton Environmental Film Festival, Official Selection
ReelAbilities Film Festivals: Boston | Chicago | New York | Pittsburgh, Official Selection
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, Official Selection
Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Official Selection
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