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Focus on Agriculture

April 2, 2014

‘Farmland’ Confirmed for Theatrical Run

By Cyndie Sirekis

Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s new feature length documentary, “Farmland,” will be released nationally May 1. The film will be distributed via D&E Entertainment in more than 60 major markets. Numerous national exhibitors will carry the film including: Regal Cinemas, Marcus Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Landmark Theatres and many key independent theaters.

The film will have its New York premiere at a private screening on April 17, during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Additionally, “Farmland” was selected to be in competition at the Cleveland International Film Festival in March and the Atlanta, Nashville and Newport Beach Film Festivals in April.

“Farmland” offers viewers an intimate and firsthand glimpse into the lives of six young farmers and ranchers across the U.S., chronicling their high-risk/high-reward jobs, and their passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve.

“In ‘Farmland,’ audiences will hear thoughts and opinions about agriculture, but not from me, and not from a narrator,” Moll said about his film. “They’re from the mouths of the farmers and ranchers themselves.”

The documentary features an original score composed by Nathan Wang with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The film also includes an original recording of “This Land is Your Land” performed in a first-ever collaboration with platinum rock band Everclear and Grammy Award-nominated artist Liz Phair.

Farm and ranch leaders had the opportunity to preview the film at an advance screening in Washington, D.C, on National Ag Day in March. Two of the young farmers featured in the movie also attended the premiere.

In an interview with AgWired, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman described the opportunity to help support a documentary about farming in this country as “a tremendous moment” and predicted that everyone who sees the movie will be impressed.

With demand for U.S. farm products increasing and an estimated 9 billion people to feed globally by 2050, “You could not ask for a better opportunity for a life and career than to go into some form of agriculture, whether in the agri-business sector or actual production,” Stallman said.

Visit www.FarmlandFilm.com to locate a theatre near you where “Farmland” will be showing, as well as additional information about the film and to watch the trailer.


Cyndie Sirekis is director of internal communications at the American Farm Bureau Federation.