Hick Chick Chat: Farmland Film

Leah Guffey

11326519286_c9a07ae0bf_oIt’s finally here, Farmland the film. We’ve heard about it being in production thanks to the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance promotion of the movie, as ag media we have been awaiting its arrival to theaters nationally on May 1, also coming to digital download and DVD (stay tuned for those details).

Director James Moll (3rd from left) and film editor Tim Calandrello pose with farmers David Loberg, Leighton Cooley, Sutton Morgan, Ryan Veldhuizen and Brad Bellah attend the Private New York Premiere of “Farmland” during the Tribeca Film Festival (Getty Images)

Director James Moll (3rd from left) and film editor Tim Calandrello pose with farmers David Loberg, Leighton Cooley, Sutton Morgan, Ryan Veldhuizen and Brad Bellah attend the Private New York Premiere of “Farmland” during the Tribeca Film Festival (Getty Images)

Last week, it was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie was shown on two different screens and the theaters were packed. Good news for the farmers who are all in their 20s and have had their day to day operations filmed by Director James Moll. Moll traveled across the country interviewing the young farmers and ranchers about their high risk/high reward jobs and about their passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation. Moll says much of the reason that he wanted to do this film is that most Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch and don’t know how their food is cared for and raised beyond the grocery store shelves. His hope is that this film offers a lot of insight.

The featured farmers are:Brad Bellah – 6th generation cattle rancher in TexasLeighton Cooley – 4th generation poultry farmer in GeorgiaDavid Loberg – 5th generation corn and bean farmer from NebraskaSutton Morgan – 4th generation vegetable grower in CaliforniaRyan Veldhuizen – 5th generation hog farmerMargaret Schlass – CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) grower in Pennsylvania

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