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Event Announcement: Farmer John Screening + Dinner

farmerjohnw.jpgOur colleagues in the Ojai convivium have asked us to extend this invitation to Slow Food Los Angeles members and friends:

Farmer John Brings the Real Dirt to the Ojai Playhouse

The Real Dirt on Farmer John is a movie about Illinois farmer John Petersen and his decades-long struggle to wrest right livelihood from his family’s farm. Winner of over 30 festival awards, this film has it all: life, death, sex, terrorism, art, failure, success. Helped along by the fact that his mom started taking 16 mm movies of the family when John was a child, and by the fact that John is an artist as well as a bred-in-the-bones farmer, this movie reaches far beyond any normal expectations of a documentary about a midwestern farmer.

Presented by Food for Thought Ojai, the Ojai Film Society, and Slow Food Ojai/Ventura, The Real Dirt on Farmer John will be screened Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1, at 4:30pm at the Ojai Playhouse at 145 East Ojai Avenue in downtown Ojai. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors and students at the door.

Farmer John Petersen will be at the Sunday screening for Q & A.

Immediately following Sunday’s screening, there will be a fixed price dinner reception for Farmer John at ironpan restaurant. The three-course tasting menu will feature locally grown produce and poultry and will cost $25 per person. ironpan is located at 219 East Matilija Street in Ojai. For reservations, call ironpan at 805.646.3500 by Friday June 29.

View the film’s trailer at

For further information, please call Marty Fujita at 805.640.5044.


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