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Barbara ‘Sumner’ Burstyn founded Cloud South Films (NZ) with Tom Burstyn in 2005 and Cloud South North Films (Canada) in 2013. She has produced three feature documentaries, a number of television commercials and instructional films. Sumner has line-produced documentaries for the NFB (Buying Sex) and the Public Schools of Los Angeles, is widely published in New Zealand and was an award winning social issues columnist and features writer. Her latest documentary Some Kind of Love is in post-production while her previous film This Way of Life was shortlisted for an Oscar and won 12 international awards and sold to 22 countries. An earlier film One Man, One Cow  has won multiple awards and sold to 16 countries. Her book based on This Way of Life was published by Harper Collins in 2012. She is currently working on an historical fiction, a comedy feature film about surrogacy and a documentary about a legendary New York artist. She is a New Zealand citizen and a Canadian Permanent Resident.

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DVD 1

This Way of Life – DVD Shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Awards This Way of Life is a lush and evocative portrait of an inspiring and maverick Maori family living on the edge of the world.  

DVD 2

One Man, One Cow, One Planet – DVD One Man, One Cow, One Planet follows Peter Proctor, New Zealand’s father of biodynamics along the back roads of rural India, revealing the miracle of organics and the farmers who are reclaiming their agricultural heritage.

DVD 3

Perfect Compost – DVD. Perfect Compost is a master class with Peter Proctor. A 25 minute instructional DVD featuring Peter Proctor as he walks us through the process of building a better biodynamic compost heap.

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