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 http://www.farmerjohnmovie.com.
For further information, please call Marty Fujita at 805.640.5044.