When: Beginning Friday, July 27, 2007. Screenings are anticipated at 5:00pm, 7:20pm, and 9:55pm on Friday and on the following Monday through Thursday evenings; on Saturday and Sunday, anticipated screenings at 12:20pm, 2:40pm, 5:00pm, 7:20pm, and 9:55pm.
Where: Laemmle Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Cost: Visit the Laemmle website for ticket information and availability on/after July 27.
AND…Farmer John will participate in Q&A sessions after the 7:20pm and the 9:55pm screenings on Friday and Saturday. Update: July 23, 2007: Farmer John is also scheduled to participate in a Q&A following the 7:20pm screening on Sunday, July 29.
The Real Dirt on Farmer John is a film by Taggart Siegel that follows John Peterson’s astonishing journey from Illinois farm boy to counter-culture rebel to the third-generation farmer who almost lost the family farm. Today, his farm, Angelic Organics, is a beacon in the organic and biodynamic farming movements and is one of the largest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in the country.
Peterson’s dramatic saga has its taproot in difficult economic issues facing many American farmers over the last few decades. Over-extended in debt, Peterson faced the crushing reality that he was going to have to sell off nearly all of his family’s land to pay bills. Retreating to Mexico, the soul-searching that followed led him to new, more creative ways of farming. This highly personal telling of Peterson’s story is ultimately one of redemption and healing that uplifts and inspires, leaving one’s heart wide open, while Peterson’s eccentric antics entertain throughout.
The film was a winner at more than 30 film festivals, and was the recipient of the first ever Reel Current Al Gore Award at the Nashville Film Festival.
Reviews, the film’s trailer, and additional information are available on the film’s website.