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Stumptown Coffee Roasters has partnered with Farm League to produce a short film on their travels to Ethiopia to learn about the country’s rich history and culture that interweaves ancient practices with modern day experiences. Described as “a visual poem evoking a nuanced narrative portrait,” Wax & Gold promises to evoke much of the magic that made the partners’ first project, Flower of Flowers, so enchanting. Britton Caillouette of Farm League directed the film with a focus on the tension between Ethiopia’s history and contemporary life through powerful imagery, layered sound design, and driving music.
To coincide with the premiere, Stumptown is releasing a whole bean and cold brew in collaboration with Farm League and Haile Gebre of Ethiopia’s Mordecofe, a legend in specialty industry who’s been growing coffee for more than 60 years. Proceeds from the collaboration will support the Mulatu Astatke’s Jazz School in Addis Ababa.
Wax & Gold will premiere Saturday, August 24, at Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles, coinciding with the upcoming Coffee Fest LA. Various all-ages screenings will be held 12:00–4:00 p.m., and an evening 21+ screening with a cocktail hour and panel will take place 5:00–8:00 p.m. Tickets and additional information are available through the Stumptown website.