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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Biggest Little Farm

2018, John Chester, USA, 91 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jul 5th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jul 5th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 6th 6:30pm
  • Sun, Jul 7th 3:15pm
  • Mon, Jul 8th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jul 9th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Jul 10th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jul 11th 8:00pm

“Gorgeous and often devastating…a stunning visual tapestry as profoundly moving as anything on Planet Earth.”—Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Inspirational…perhaps the closest cinema has come to the eco-philosophical musings of The Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan.”—Peter Debruge, Variety

This compulsively watchable seven-year saga of one couple’s mission to create an organic farm from two-hundred abandoned, soil-dead California acres transcends any back-to-the-land stereotype, and ultimately transcends even the simplistic yuppie dream that started it all. Kicked out of their cramped Santa Monica apartment, food blogger and pastry chef Molly and her cameraman husband John raise the money to buy a chunk of mini-dust-bowl land they euphemistically name Apricot Lane Farms. With the advice of biodiversity guru Alan York, the two neophyte farmers begin a seemingly hopeless journey that will over time fully harness the power of nature from the ground up. Insects and excrement, cute animals with names and feral ones with an appetite, pond scum, maggots, predatory birds, and wildfires all figure into a staggeringly vast process that, almost a decade later, comes together in a self-sustaining cycle of life that looks something like paradise. DCP digital. (BS)

The Friday (7/5) 2:00 pm and Monday (7/8) 6:00 pm screenings are Open-Captioned.

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