Thesis

What We Discover Along the Way

  • Imagine a green place. A river rushes by; cardinals chirp. Walking with your friend, you find a feast: dandelion and purslane for salad, some raspberries. Now, tuck this place between elevated trains and high-rises in the Bronx. Still a verdant oasis, just—different.

    This is the Bronx River Foodway, an edible city park tended by herbalist Journei Bimwala,that gives free public access to healing herbs and fruits. Foraging is illegal in New York City, as in much of the U.S., a holdover of old, racist laws designed to keep free Blacks and Native Americans off the land. For Journei, land stewardship is an act of reparations: “This was taken from us— this ability to heal and feed ourselves. And if you take something from me, I’m going to take it back.”

    At the Foodway, we are nourished by the park’s bounty and community, reminding us that even and especially in the city, we are rejuvenated by connection to the land.

    Medium: Film

    Mentor: Lori Cheatle

    Site: https://rvincelli.wixsite.com/garlicpartydocs/whatwediscover

    Instagram: @garlicpartydocs

  • Bella, Rose, Jessy SVA Premieres IMG_8453

    Imagine a green place. A river rushes by; cardinals chirp. Walking with your friend, you find a feast: dandelion and purslane for salad, some raspberries. Now, tuck this place between elevated trains and high-rises in the Bronx. Still a verdant oasis, just—different.

    This is the Bronx River Foodway, an edible city park tended by herbalist Journei Bimwala,that gives free public access to healing herbs and fruits. Foraging is illegal in New York City, as in much of the U.S., a holdover of old, racist laws designed to keep free Blacks and Native Americans off the land. For Journei, land stewardship is an act of reparations: “This was taken from us— this ability to heal and feed ourselves. And if you take something from me, I’m going to take it back.”

    At the Foodway, we are nourished by the park’s bounty and community, reminding us that even and especially in the city, we are rejuvenated by connection to the land.

    Medium: Film

    Mentor: Lori Cheatle

    Site: https://rvincelli.wixsite.com/garlicpartydocs/whatwediscover

    Instagram: @garlicpartydocs

  • Imagine a green place. A river rushes by; cardinals chirp. Walking with your friend, you find a feast: dandelion and purslane for salad, some raspberries. Now, tuck this place between elevated trains and high-rises in the Bronx. Still a verdant oasis, just—different.

    This is the Bronx River Foodway, an edible city park tended by herbalist Journei Bimwala,that gives free public access to healing herbs and fruits. Foraging is illegal in New York City, as in much of the U.S., a holdover of old, racist laws designed to keep free Blacks and Native Americans off the land. For Journei, land stewardship is an act of reparations: “This was taken from us— this ability to heal and feed ourselves. And if you take something from me, I’m going to take it back.”

    At the Foodway, we are nourished by the park’s bounty and community, reminding us that even and especially in the city, we are rejuvenated by connection to the land.

    Medium: Film

    Mentor: Lori Cheatle

    Site: https://rvincelli.wixsite.com/garlicpartydocs/whatwediscover

    Instagram: @garlicpartydocs

Rose Vincelli Gustine

Rose Vincelli Gustine

Rose Vincelli Gustine is a filmmaker’s advisor and producer. She is Director of Operations and on the faculty of SVA’s MFA Social Documentary Film program. She is currently producing the documentary feature The Sum of Our Parts, and has consulting produced several other films, including Busy Inside (Doc NYC, PBS “America Reframed” 2021). As a producer, Rose specializes in story structure and grant writing; distilling wide-ranging stories into spicy bites, and engaging audiences with multi-faceted slices of real life. Prior to her current work, Rose was a curator and producer of Gotham Film & Media Institute (neé IFP) including their Labs and Film Week programs; and a programmer for AFI Docs Festival. She lives, walks, and cooks with her family and cat in Brooklyn, NY.