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Films & Schedules - FIELD WORK: A FAMILY FARM

FIELD WORK: A FAMILY FARM

Wed, Nov 14, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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FIELD WORK: A FAMILY FARM

DIRECTOR: JOHN HELDE - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE)

(DOC) A quietly powerful journey to the heartland of America, FIELD WORK tells the story of the Swansons, family farmers who stay small in an era of mega-farms. In the last 60 years, technology and economics have reshaped America’s agricultural landscape: the quest for ever-higher yields and the flight of the younger generation have resulted in bigger and bigger farms. FIELD WORK follows Judy and Charlie Swanson and their three grown children through the economic meltdown as they pursue a dream of farming together as one extended family. When son Jeremy purchases his first 80 acres, he plants a stake in the ground, the likes of which few of his generation will know. Following the family through several seasons, filmmaker John Helde encounters a cast of determined and individualistic characters as he tries to unravel where that American icon—the family farm—is headed in the 21st century.

Whitsell Auditorium     96 Minutes    

Interests: Documentary.

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