The Biggest Little Farm

August 17th, 2019

September 4th at 4:00pm and 7:00pm

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.

Review: Anne Hornaday, Washington Post

Since premiering at the Telluride Film Festival last year, “The Biggest Little Farm” has been a sensation on the festival circuit, and it’s easy to see why. The documentary chronicles the exploits of Molly and John Chester, a Los Angeles-based chef and cinematographer, respectively, who decided to buy 200 acres of barren land an hour north of the city and establish a farm. And not just any farm: a modern-day Eden of organic food production, ecological restoration and environmental diversity in which plants, animals and humans coexist within a self-contained biome of balance and sustainability.

Like most idealists, Molly and John are forced to reckon with more unwelcome realities, such as pests, predators, punishing wildfires and wind, and biblical rainstorms. Filmed by John Chester and a team of interns over eight years, “The Biggest Little Farm” captures the triumphs and defeats of the Chesters’ enterprise with arresting intimacy, from an epic scene in which their star pig, Emma, gives birth to 17 adorable piglets, to scenes of pecked-out peaches — devastated by birds and insects — that carry the emotional weight of the death of beloved characters. There are even sadder losses in “The Biggest Little Farm,” which as it proceeds becomes a gentle, lyrical ode to the natural rhythms of life, death and regeneration. This is a must-see film, not just for the primer it offers in how foodways, farming practices and larger environmental forces are crucially connected but for its dazzling imagery of nature in action, both by way of breathtaking close-ups and sensational aerial shots of the farm and its environs.

2019-2020 Season

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We’re in the process of confirming this year’s films, but meanwhile you can mark your calendar with the following dates for the fall:

September 4

October 2

November 6

November 20

Winter dates to be confirmed.  There is a blackout period in December and during March break.

A full season pass is only $48 for 8 films. You can order your pass by downloading the form Order form 2019

See here for more information: 2019-2020 Film Series

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