The documentary by Oscar-winning filmmaker James Moll gives an up close and personal look at some of the young farmers who raise the food we eat.
Premiering nationwide this spring, the feature-length film provides a firsthand glimpse into the high-risk/high-reward jobs of farmers, all in their 20s, who have assumed the generational responsibility of running the family business.
Screenings were held already in Cleveland at the Cleveland International Film Festival. The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. May 1 at Marcus Crosswoods Cinemas, 200 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43235, May 1 at Marcus Cinemas Pickerington, 1776 Hill Road North, Pickerington, Ohio 43147 and at 7:30 p.m. May 8 at Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220. These are one day only screenings. Please visit each theater’s website for ticket information, which may not be listed until closer to the date.
“With every new documentary, it’s always a thrill to explore topics and meet people that I might not otherwise cross paths with,” Moll said. “While making ‘Farmland,’ I found myself immersed in a community of some of the most hardworking, passionate people I’ve ever met. This film isn’t just about what it’s like to be a farmer, it’s about a way of life. It’s also about a subject that affects our lives daily.”
Moll spent five months meeting farmers and ranchers before he settled on the six who are featured in . In order to authentically tell the story through the eyes of this next generation, Moll extensively researched the subject and looked for individuals to profile, specifically choosing from different farming and ranching production methods, various types of crops and livestock and geographic diversity.
The film was made with generous support from the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Ohio Farm Bureau is a member of the alliance, which works to encourage conversations about American agriculture. The film provides a way for a story of American agriculture to be told through the eyes of a third party, a multi-award winning director who strives to make films that are an unbiased testament to the subject matter, according to Leah Dorman, Ohio Farm Bureau senior director of animal and food policy.
“The focus is on the next generation of farmers and the emotional side of their trials, tribulations and triumphs of producing food and living life on the farm,” she said.
James Moll most recently received a Grammy for directing and producing Foo Fighters: Back and Forth. In past years, Moll directed and produced numerous documentaries covering topics from the Holocaust to an epic trek across the Sahara Desert, teaming up with heavyweights such as Matt Damon and Steven Spielberg along the way. Moll received an Academy Award for directing and editing the feature documentary The Last Days, executive produced by Steven Spielberg.