Farmland (film)

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Farmland
Farmland
Poster for Farmland
Directed byJames Moll
Produced byJames Moll
Christopher Pavlick
StarringBrad Bellah[1]
Leighton Cooley[2]
David Loberg[3]
Sutton Morgan[4]
Margaret Schlass[5]
Ryan Veldhuizen[6]
Music byNathan Wang
CinematographyHarris Done
Edited byTim Calandrello
Production
company
Distributed byD&E Entertainment
Release date
  • March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18) (Cleveland International Film Festival)
  • May 1, 2014 (2014-05-01) (United States)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Farmland is a documentary film about agriculture in the United States that was funded by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Six farmers and Ranchers across the United States describe their experiences of and views on modern agriculture. Critics view the farmers and ranchers as sincere and what they do as interesting, but they are critical of what is left out of the documentary and that it was funded by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.

Plot[edit]

The goal of the film is to bridge the gap between food growers and food consumers by presenting farmers' and ranchers' perspectives on producing food.[7] The film aims to do this by focusing on the lives of six farmers in their 20s who describe their experiences of and views on modern farming and ranching in the United States. They each show and explain what it is like to farm and ranch with modern agriculture practices. They express their views on controversial topics such as genetically modified crops, the use of antibiotics in animal feeds, and the treatment of farm animals.[4][8][9][10][11]

Cast[edit]

The main cast of the documentary consists of six farmers and ranchers from different rural areas in the United States.

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewers generally agree that farmers and ranchers in this documentary come across as sincere and committed to their lifestyle. The movie is viewed as presenting an interesting portrayal of what it is like to farm and ranch for family farmers and ranchers across the United States. It has been criticized for giving an incomplete view of modern industrial agriculture. For example, the production of animal products such as eggs and poultry is done mainly by corporate farming and not small family farms. Controversial issues such as the use of genetically modified crops, the use of pesticides, the use of antibiotics in animal feeds, and the treatment of animals on farms are largely dismissed in the film according to reviewers. Finally, reviewers question the aims of the movie because it was funded by U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.[4][7][8][9][10][11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Martin, Misty (November 21, 2013). "Sixth Generation Texas Cattle Rancher Featured in Farmland Documentary". Beef Loving Texans. Archived from the original on May 4, 2014. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Nebraska farmer in "Farmland" film". KNEB. 2014. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Wayne County farmer to be featured in new documentary film". Omaha World Herald. March 30, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Ragusea, Adam (May 2, 2014). "Agribusiness Funds 'Farmland' To Counter Hollywood Message". NPR. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Belser, Ann (December 26, 2013). "A trip to Peru detours an art major onto a path to farming". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Fodness, Mavis (March 5, 2013). "Farmland". Pipestone County Star. Archived from the original on May 4, 2014. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Simon, Brent (May 4, 2014). "Farmland Movie Review". Shockya. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Means, Sean P. (May 1, 2014). "Movie review: Meet today's farmers, in industry-backed documentary 'Farmland'". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Tsai, Martin (May 1, 2014). "'Farmland' often feels like a puff piece". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Barsanti, Chris (April 30, 2013). "Film Review: Farmland". Film Journal International. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Rainer, Peter (May 2, 2013). "'Farmland' aims to inform about food sources, but much of the movie is dry". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  12. ^ Terry, Josh (May 2, 2014). "'Farmland' takes viewers on a trip to rural America". Deseret News. Retrieved May 2, 2014.

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