Farm Film Fest 10

Sunday, March 25, 2018 1-4pm
at Crandell Theatre on Main Street in Chatham, NY


Farm Film Fest poster

Farm Film Fest 10 features films about farms, farming, farmers, and farming issues that educate and entertain. The program is a mix of films made by professional and amateur filmmakers that address local and national interests.


The films are selected by a panel representing the sponsoring organizations - the Chatham Film Club, Chatham Agricultural Partnership, and Columbia Land Conservancy. Admission is free with a cash donation or nonperishable food item for the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.


After a panel discussion and Q & A with local farmers, the festival is followed by a “Meet Your Maker” reception at the People’s Pub.


Schedule of Events


Films to Be Screened


The Art of Farming
Filmmaker: Patrick Krum
The Art of Farming profiles Keith Freeman, a small scale farmer located in Stockton, NY. Patrick has a passion for collaborating with creative people to create meaningful film projects. Located in Buffalo, NY, he is currently a high school senior who is looking forward to studying film in college next fall. 2016 Run time: 4:56


Inner City Goats
Filmmaker: Alex Thornburg
Goats in the middle of the city? In Portland, yes! This short docu-style piece briefly tells the story of the well known belmont
goats and what they do for their surrounding community. They started as a means of sustainable landscaping but became much more to the people of southeast Portland and beyond. Even if you don’t love goats, you will love these. 2013. 3:43


The Guardian: The US Farm That Teaches Yiddish to the World
Filmmaker: Eléonore Hamelin
On a farm in upstate NY people from all over the world come to learn Yiddish. Participants live and work on the farm, speaking only Yiddish for the duration of their stay. The farm’s founders, Yisroel Bass and Naftali Ejdelman, say the immersive course connects the learners to the historical and cultural roots of the language. Their hope is that the vernacular language will be embraced not only by the old or the ultra-orthodox, but among the young and the wider community. 2014. Run time: 5:09


Bronx Style Beekeeping with Robert Deschak
Filmmaker: Susan Sfarra
Every beekeeper has his own style, and some say that choosing protective gear is half the fun of keeping bees. Working on the rooftop of an uninhabited convent in the Bronx, Robert Deschak brings beekeeping to a new level of artfulness. To protect his legs, he tucks his khakis into vintage brown, army-issue, World War II spats. A boater hat covered with a veil prevents bees from dive-bombing his face. In NY’s tight-knit beekeeping subculture, Robert stands out as an original. 2013. Run time: 3:56


Edible Flowers: Growing Naturally With the Seasons
Filmmaker: Pier Giorgio Proven/GrowEatGather
Jan Billington is a leading light in the world of organic farming, She is one extraordinary lady – a brilliant, funny, hard-working and passionate flower farmer whose love for doing right by the land permeates all aspects of her life. No matter the challenge, and there are many when it comes to organic farming, Jan has overcome them with innovative solutions. She is the only flower farmer in the UK that is organically certified by Soil Association, working tirelessly to educate the masses about the incredible array and versatility of this wonderful ingredient. 2014. 5:10


Queens County Farm
Filmmakers: Matthew Davis Walker and Jeff Siegel
Kennan Kay is Director of Agriculture at the Queens County Farm Museum, which occupies New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. The farm encompasses a 47-acre parcel that is the longest continuously farmed site in New York State. The site includes historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, livestock, farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, and orchard and herb gardens. 2011. 4:31


Filmmaker: Henry D. C. Williams
This short film asks the question, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” Filmed in London, Chicken won the DVINFO short film competition in 2013 and was a finalist at the Misty Moon Film Festival the same year. 2013. Run time: 3:32


How Does It Grow? Apples
Filmmakers: Nicole Coltroneo Jolly and Mark Jolly
How Does It Grow? is a food education video series and agricultural literacy program dedicated to reconnecting all of us to where our food comes from. Apples profiles the Lyman family, who have been operating orchards since 1741. Locally, apples are grown at Harvest Farm, Love Apple Farm, Fix Bros. Fruit Farm and Samascott Orchards. 2015. Run time: 5:32


Grandfather. Part I. Winter – Horse Logging
Filmmaker: Jacob (Northmen Guild)
This is the first part of short documentary series about Grandfather. The movie uncovers one day in his life that has been shown in 15 minutes. It talks about his daily routine and dedication to his down to earth lifestyle his fathers lived. His passion and love is horses. He is an old and experienced horse logger and is doing all the farm work all year round using only horse power. He is a hard worker and fully self-sufficient and independent. He has been living off the grid, before there even was a grid. More series about him will come in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

The Northmen Guild is a guild of Northern master craftsmen who use their heritage of craftsmanship handed down through many generations to design and create woodworking tools. They are based in Latvia. 2018. Run time: 15:00


Farmers For America
Filmmaker: Graham Meriwether
The documentary traces the extraordinary changes coming to America’s food system as more and more consumers flock to farmers’ markets, embrace farm-to-table lifestyles and insist on knowing where their food is coming from. At the center of the film are the farmers, young and old, who provide the spirit and energy to bring urban and rural America together over what both share in common: our food. These farmers reflect nothing less than the face of America.


The average age of the U.S. farmer is 60. Half of America’s farmland is going to change hands in the next 12 years. 20% of our food is imported. This is the story of young people who are stepping up.

Graham Meriwether spent four years crisscrossing the country – from Appalachia to the sun-swept pastures of southern California, from the abandoned lots of Detroit to the fertile fields of northwest Iowa – to find the farmers who imbue this film with their hard work and entrepreneurial.


Previously, Graham directed the documentary, American
Meat, a pro-farmer story showcasing the unique agricultural innovations underway at Polyface Farms in Virginia. Farmers For America is narrated by Mike Rowe. 2017. Run time: 70 min.


Panel Discussion With Filmmakers and Farmers

Peter Paden, Columbia Land Conservancy Executive Director, will moderate a discussion with local farmers, including time for questions and answers.


Panelists include:


Brian Chittenden - resides in Stuyvesant, NY. There, he with his parents and two brothers operate Dutch Hollow Farm LLC. The farm consists of a registered Jersey herd with 700 milk cows and another 700 replacements. Feed is grown on approximately 2000 acres of farm land to feed the animals. Brian is responsible for the cropping enterprise of the operation. In addition, Brian serves on the Columbia County Soil & Water Board, is a Town of Stuyvesant Town Board member, and is past President & Assistant Chief of the Schodack Landing Volunteer Fire Department where he has been a member for 25 years.


Claudia Kenny - has over 20 years of experience as a farmer and sustainable food system activist. She and her husband own and operate Little Seed Gardens, a 97-acre diversified family farm in Columbia County. Little Seed’s first 7 years of operation were on leased land in Stuyvesant, NY. Claudia has worked on lots of different agriculture related projects in the Hudson Valley and has been a mentor to young farmers on farm and through various programs for the past 15 years. She joined the New York State Agricultural Mediation Program in 2016 as is currently serving as its statewide director.


Pat Knapp - was born and raised in Dutchess County, NY just around the corner from Sprout Creek Farm – an educational Dairy where he worked starting in his teens and for a few years after having graduated college. He devoted his time at Sprout Creek Farm and subsequently at Chaseholm Farm working to develop grazing practices that efficiently build soil health. Pat and his business partner Allison Toepp were accepted to Glynwood’s Farm Business Incubator at Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz, NY where they began to build their own herd of Red Devon cattle as Back Paddock Farm. Back Paddock Farm now intensively grazes over 100 acres of leased grassland in Ghent, NY and produces 100% grass-fed beef.


Meet Your Maker Reception


Following the Farm Film Fest Panel Discussion Farmers, filmmakers and movie goers, please join us. Enjoy complementary snacks featuring local foods as well as a cash bar, and mingle with your neighbors.



The Chatham Film Club Visit their website

Columbia Land Conservancy Visit their website

Chatham Agricultural Partnership