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FILM NIGHT: The Biggest Little Farm
March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Biggest Little Farm is a 2018 American documentary film, directed by Emmy Award Winning director, John Chester. The film profiles Chester and his wife Molly as they acquire and establish themselves on Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, California.
The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. It had its second screening at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was named second runner-up for the People’s Choice Award: Documentaries. It was selected as the Opening Night film at Doc NYC, in November 2018. The film was screened as part of the Spotlight Section at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. It also screened at the 29th New Orleans Film Festival, on October 24, 2018.
A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog Todd leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The land they have chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek, planting 10,000 orchard trees and over 200 different crops, and bringing in animals of every kind– including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. When the farm’s ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, so does the Chesters’ hope – but as their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realize that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the intricacies and wisdom of nature, and of life itself.
We will be serving our delicious stove-top, sprouted organic popcorn, with Organic Pastures cultured butter, and sea salt (FREE on FILM NIGHT!)