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Reel Movie Mondays: The Biggest Little Farm

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Hosted by the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery and Carnival Cinemas, in partnership with Film Circuit, presented by TIFF. Directed by John Chester, Rated PG USA | 89 minutes | English, Elevation Pictures About the Film: Emmy Award–winning filmmaker John Chester and his wife, Molly, a culinary writer, trade city life to start their own farm on a stretch of depleted soil outside Los Angeles. Part of their inspiration is to offer a better life outdoors for their rescue dog, Todd. But they also want to live in better harmony with nature. Many of us hold similar dreams — but John and Molly put theirs into action. John chronicles their efforts for more than eight years in this sweeping epic about the creation of Apricot Lane Farms. New to the world of agriculture and farming, John and Molly enlist the help of Alan York, a plant, soil, and biodynamic consultant whose vision is to raise an array of crops and livestock. Alan cautions that it will take seven years before they fully realize their potential. During that time, they face mounting obstacles: coyotes, insects, bad weather, and disease, like a modern-day enactment of Little House on the Prairie. Most farmers would respond with pesticides, extermination, and concentration on a single crop, but, following their guide, John and Molly remain steadfast in their commitment to working with nature and not against it. Teeming with stunningly beautiful images of flora and fauna — including a pregnant hog that will melt your heart — The Biggest Little Farm, which played Hot Docs 2018, is a testament to idealism. For urban viewers, it’s a necessary confrontation with how our food is grown. It’s also a family adventure, full of suspense and emotion that will leave a lump in your throat. “In a time when climate news is near-uniformly depressing, this is a nature documentary that pays loving and hopeful tribute to the complex web of life — and it won’t scare your kids.” —Sara Stewart, New York Post Principal Cast: John Chester, Molly Chester Tickets are on sale now! Purchase your tickets online at www.reddeermuseum.com, stop by the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery in person, or give us a call at 403.309.8405. Tickets are $8 each for valid MAG Members, and $10 each for Non-Members, up until 4:30 pm on film nights. Tickets can be purchased at the door on film night for $10 each starting at 6 pm (cash only; no member rate at the door), pending availability. Reel Movie Mondays gratefully acknowledges our partnership with Film Circuit, presented by TIFF, and its sponsors and supporters. For more information about Film Circuit and to view a full list of their sponsors and supporters, please visit www.tiff.net/filmcircuit

Event Dates

Dates Times
November 4, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue Details

  • Address: 5402 47 Street, T4N 6Z4, Red Deer
  • Phone: 4033098405

Carnival Cinemas

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