Sean Kaminsky and Lee Brooks


Filmmaker Sean Kaminsky’s new documentary, “Open Sesame,” documents the threats to our seed supply, as well as showing the beauty and mystery of seeds. Seeds are “at the same time larger than life and so intimate,” said Lee Brooks, the film’s composer, who joined Sean on the panel.

The film started off as a short, Sean said, but he “fell down the seed hole” when he began learning about what’s happening to seeds, including ever-increasing corporate ownership and the threat of extinction leading to an unprecedented lack of diversity. The film documents these threats, and also talks to those working to combat these changes, such as the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Sean ended by urging the audience to take action of their own. “Planting a seed can be an act of art,” he noted.