Fridays at the Farm

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Feeling disconnected from their food, a filmmaker and his family decide to join a local community supported organic farm. As he photographs the growing process, the filmmaker moves from passive observer to active participant in the planting and harvesting of vegetables. Featuring lush time-lapse and macro photography sequences compiled from nearly 20,000 still images, this personal essay is a father

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Description

Feeling disconnected from their food, a filmmaker and his family decide to join a community supported organic farm in suburban Philadelphia. Using a digital still camera, the filmmaker takes nearly 20,000 pictures of vegetables and herbs, insect life, and human activity on the farm. When the farm loses its intern due to budget cuts, he moves from passive observer to active participant in the planting and harvesting of vegetables and discovers the joy of working with the earth. Along the way, he notes his three-year old son’s increased interest in the growing process and marvels about the baby girl gestating inside his wife’s body. The farm emerges as more than a place to get fresh local food- it is a haven where members meet and share in the pitfalls and bounty of life. Technically, the entire film is animated using still photos. Humans appear static, while plants are in constant motion. The reversed roles create a unique staccato feel to the piece, and the lush time-lapse and macro photography befits the sweet tone. The film offers an intimate visual and aural diary of his personal experience as a member of a community farm.

CREDITS:

Director: Richard Power Hoffmann
Producer: Coyopa Productions
Format: NTSC
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
DVD Release Date: June 2007
Run Time: 19 minutes, + 45 minutes bonus material

AWARDS:

Best Short Film, The Green Film Festival in Seoul, Korea
Best Documentary, Sapporo International Short Film Festival, Sapporo, Japan

FESTIVALS:

Florida Film Festival, Orlando, FL
Ashland Independent Film Festival, Ashland, OR
Newport Beach Film Festival, Newport Beach, CA
Mountainfilm in Telluride, CO
Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, WA
Festival International du Film d’Environment, Paris, France
Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA
Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC
West County Film Festival, Sebastopol, CA
Woods Hole Film Festival, Cape Cod, MA
Taos Mountainfilm festival, Taos, NM
San Diego Film Festival, San Diego, CA
Planet in Focus Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
DOCSDF, Mexico City, Mexico
Newport International Film Festival, Newport, RI
Kansas City Film Festival, Kansas City, MO
Earthdance Film Festival, Oakland, CA
Rossland Mountain Film Festival, British Columbia, Canada
Lone Star Film Festival, Fort Worth, Texas
Cinestrat Film Festival, Finestrat, Spain
Byron Bay Film Festival, Byron Bay, Australia
Spokane International Film Festival, Spokane, WA
Frozen River Film Festival, Winona, MN
North American Berry Conference, Hershey, PA
Slow Food International Film Festival, Bologna, Italy
Far North Conservation Film Festival, Fairbanks, AL
Green Festival, Washington, DC
Eco Film Forum, Green Festival, Philadelphia, PA
Best of Fest, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX

Additional information

Weight 0.32 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.5 in
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Reviews

  1. Press Reviews

    “A masterpiece.. The film made me cry. But I wasn’t the only one wiping my eyes in the darkened theater. Maybe it was the image of Hoffmann’s son juxtaposed against the beauty and nourishment of the farm that touched my heart or watching the cultivation of genuine relationships over honest work. No matter what moves you to tears, we all long for bonds with the Earth, our food and community.”

    – Melinda Hemmelgarn, The Colombia Tribune

    “A father paints an outstanding cinematic portrait of community farming and its enrichment of his family.”

    – Seattle International Film Festival

    “An extremely sweet look at one family’s experience with community supported agriculture. […] “Fridays at The Farm” is a beautiful and personal film that captures a joy and connection with food that is really special.”

    – Geoffrey Kleinman, DVD Talk

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