About | FARMLAND

Most Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food we eat. Farmland will take an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their ‘20s, all of whom are now responsible for running their farming business.

Through this film from award-winning director, James Moll, you’ll step inside the world of farming for a first-hand glimpse into the lives of young farmers and ranchers. Learn about their high-risk/high-reward jobs and passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve.

Director James Moll traveled across the country meeting young farmers and ranchers. Watch the trailer to catch a glimpse of stories shared during his interviews. 

This film was made with the generous support of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance ®.

 

meet
“The next generation of
American farmers.”

The |Trailers

 

“ ‘Farmland’ Should Win Awards

as Best Documentary”

Jackie Cooper, Huffington Post

How|To Watch

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Meet The|Filmmakers

JAMES MOLL, DIRECTOR

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JAMES MOLL’S WORK AS A DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER HAS EARNED HIM AN OSCAR®, TWO EMMYS® AND A GRAMMY®. MOLL HAS DIRECTED AND PRODUCED SUCH FILMS AS FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH ABOUT THE 16-YEAR CAREER OF THE ROCK BAND FOO FIGHTERS; THE SPORTS ADVENTURE RUNNING THE SAHARA, EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY MATT DAMON; INHERITANCE, ABOUT THE DAUGHTER OF A NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP COMMANDER; AND THE LAST DAYS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG. MOLL’S UNIVERSAL STUDIOS BASED COMPANY, ALLENTOWN PRODUCTIONS, HAS ALSO PRODUCED NUMEROUS PROGRAMS FOR TELEVISION AS WELL AS WEB-BASED CONTENT. IN ADDITION TO WORKING AS A FILMMAKER, JAMES ESTABLISHED THE NON-PROFIT SHOAH FOUNDATION WITH STEVEN SPIELBERG FOR RECORDING AND PRESERVING MORE THAN 50,000 ‘VISUAL HISTORIES’ OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS.

 

TIM CALANDRELLO, EDITOR

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TIM CALANDRELLO IS A FILM AND TELEVISION EDITOR, WRITER AND PRODUCER WHOSE CAREER SPANS MORE THAN 15 YEARS ACROSS MANY GENRES.  HIS TALENTS HAVE BEEN SEEN IN HUNDREDS OF FILM TRAILERS AND PROMOS, TELEVISION SHOWS, MUSIC VIDEOS, PILOTS AND SPECIALS, FOR CLIENTS INCLUDING DISNEY, SONY, APPLE, RCA RECORDS, NBC, AMC, SHOWTIME, ESPN & FOX, TO NAME A FEW.

CALANDRELLO’S RECENT FEATURE DOCUMENTARY CREDITS INCLUDE FARMLAND AND THE GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING FILM FOO FIGHTERS: BACK & FORTH, FOR WHICH HE WAS AWARDED A GOLD RECORD.  HE HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED WITH FOUR NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST SHORT FILM, BEST DIRECTOR OF A SHORT FILM AND BEST DOCUMENTARY ON A VARIETY OF SHORT SUBJECT FILMS AND DOCUMENTARIES.  CALANDRELLO’S COMPANY ‘TWISTED PUMPKIN CREATIVE’ SPECIALIZES IN PRODUCING THEATRICAL TRAILER CAMPAIGNS, PROMOS AND SHORT SUBJECT PIECES.

 

HARRIS DONE, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

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DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY HARRIS DONE HAS WORKED IN MANY GENRES OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS.  MOST NOTABLE HAS BEEN HIS LONG DOCUMENTARY COLLABORATION WITH USC FILM SCHOOL CLASSMATE JAMES MOLL.  THEIR WORK INCLUDES THE 1999 OSCAR® WINNER THE LAST DAYS FOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER STEVEN SPIELBERG, PRICE FOR PEACE FOR NBC, AS WELL AS THE EMMY® WINNER INHERITANCE, THE DESERT EPIC RUNNING THE SAHARA PRODUCED AND NARRATED BY MATT DAMON, AND GRAMMY® WINNER FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH WHICH CHRONICLED THE HISTORY OF THE BAND, AND NOW FARMLAND.

DONE’S OTHER NOTABLE DOCUMENTARY D.P. CREDITS INCLUDE THE UPCOMING ABOVE AND BEYONDFROM A WHISPER TO A ROAR AND THE CULT CLASSIC TREKKIES.

IN ADDITION TO HIS EXTENSIVE CINEMATOGRAPHY WORK, HARRIS HAS ALSO WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED SEVERAL DRAMATIC FEATURE FILMS INCLUDING PURGATORY FLATS AND STORM WITH MARTIN SHEEN.   HE HAS ALSO DIRECTED THE DOCUMENTARIES WAR DOGS OF THE PACIFIC AND ALWAYS FAITHFUL.

 

Allentown Productions

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ESTABLISHED IN 2001 BY DIRECTOR/PRODUCER JAMES MOLL, ALLENTOWN PRODUCTIONS IS A LOS ANGELES BASED FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION COMPANY SPECIALIZING IN NON-FICTION ENTERTAINMENT. MOLL’S WORK AS A FILMMAKER HAS GARNERED HIM MANY ACCOLADES INCLUDING AN ACADEMY AWARD® FOR HIS DOCUMENTARY DIRECTORIAL DEBUT, THE LAST DAYS.

HOUSED ON THE UNIVERSAL STUDIOS LOT, SOME OF ALLENTOWN’S FILM CREDITS INCLUDED THE GRAMMY AWARD® WINNING FOO FIGHTS: BACK & FORTH, THE EMMY AWARD® WINNING INHERITANCE, AND THE EPIC SPORTS ADVENTURE RUNNING THE SAHARA.

 

FILM SUBJECTS

LEIGHTON COOLEY

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A FOURTH GENERATION POULTRY FARMER, OPERATES FOUR FARMS IN GEORGIA WITH HIS FATHER. IN ADDITION TO CHICKENS, HE ALSO HAS A COW-CALF OPERATION AND GROWS HAY. LEIGHTON AND HIS WIFE HAVE TWO SONS.

 

BRAD BELLAH

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A SIXTH GENERATION CATTLE RANCHER, RUNS BEEF CATTLE OPERATIONS IN TEXAS AND COLORADO, INCLUDING A NATURAL BEEF HERD. THE 26-YEAR OLD HUSBAND AND FATHER OF A TWIN SON AND DAUGHTER EARNED A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN AGRICULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS FROM TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY.

 

David Loberg

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a fifth generation corn and soybean farmer in Nebraska, runs the family farm with his mother. The farm also custom feeds 500 head of cows for a local dairy operation and runs an irrigation business. The 25-year-old and his wife have an infant son.

 

Sutton Morgan

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A FOURTH GENERATION FARMER FROM CALIFORNIA, GROWS, PACKS AND SELLS ONIONS AND POTATOES, AND ALSO GROWS MELONS, CARROTS, BROCCOLI, CAULIFLOWER, LETTUCES, CHARD, KALE AND ALFALFA. SUTTON HOLDS A DEGREE IN BUSINESS ECONOMICS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA.

 

MARGARET SCHLASS

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A FIRST-GENERATION CERTIFIED NATURALLY GROWN VEGETABLE FARMER WHO GROWS AND MARKETS HER FARMS’ PRODUCE THROUGH A CSA (COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE) MEMBERSHIPPROGRAM, AS WELL AS THE PITTSBURGH FARMERS MARKET AND TO RESTAURANT OWNERS. MARGARET EARNED A BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN ART HISTORY AND ANTHROPOLOGY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE BEFORE EMBARKING ON HER FARMING CAREER.

 

RYAN VELDHUIZEN

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A FOURTH GENERATION FARMER, IS TAKING OVER THE OPERATION OF HIS FAMILY’S HOG FARM IN MINNESOTA WITH HIS BROTHER AND SISTER. THE FARM GROWS HOGS, CORN AND SOYBEANS, WHICH THEY USE FOR FEED.

“The half-dozen people

whom Moll chose to tell their stories

are each of them fascinating as individuals

and as representatives of what they do.”

Chris Barsanti, Film Journal

News & | Reviews

 
 

See our coverage below.

 

Farmland in the News

POLITICO:
AG COMMUNITY RALLIES BEHIND ‘FARMLAND’

 

HLN-TV ONLINE:
WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT FARMS WILL STUN YOU

 

MOVEABLE FEAST (FILM REVIEW OUTLET):
INTERVIEW: JAMES MOLL ON THE BOUNTY YIELDED FROM HARVESTING “FARMLAND”

 

CNBC:
FARMING IS HARD WORK, BUT IT’S ‘COOL AGAIN’

 

CLEVELAND.COM:
FARMLAND FESTIVAL FILM INTRODUCES YOUNG PEOPLE GROWING OUR FOOD

 

CLEVELAND LEADER:
CIFF38 FILM REVIEW -FARMLAND

 

STAR MAGAZINE:
CELEB SIGHTINGS: DENISE RICHARDS, ROBIN THICKE & MORE STARS!

 

ARTIST DIRECT:
LIZ PHAIR AND EVERCLEAR’S ART ALAXAKIS COLLABORATE

 

DAILY MALL ONLINE:
SHOSHANNA WOULDN’T APPROVE! CASUAL ZOSIA MAMET LOOKS WORLDS AWAY FROM HER GIRLS CHARACTER AT FARMLAND’S TRIBECA SCREENING

 

YAHOO! CELEBRITY:
FARMLAND: NEW YORK SCREENING (SLIDESHOW)

 

PEOPLE.COM:

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: LIZ PHAIR HAS FOUND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

LAST NIGHT’S LOOK: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT

 

E! ONLINE:
2014 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL STAR SIGHTINGS

 

CBS NEWS:
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2014 SLIDESHOW

 

STEREOGUM:
WATCH LIZ PHAIR & EVERCLEAR COVER “THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND” AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

 

DROVERS CATTLE NETWORK:
‘FARMLAND’ GIVES A GLIMPSE OF BOOTS-ON-THE-GROUND AGRICULTURE

 

RFD-TV:
‘FARMLAND’ TELLS STORY OF SIX YOUNG PRODUCERS

 

THE DES MOINES REGISTER:
‘FARMLAND’ FLICK SEEKS TO INFORM PUBLIC ABOUT WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM

 

YAHOO!:
LOCAL “ONE WOMAN FARM” FEATURED IN NEW DOCUMENTARY “FARMLAND”

 

CINEMACY:
REVIEW: FARMLAND

 

NPR: THE SALT:
AGRIBUSINESS FUNDS ‘FARMLAND’ TO COUNTER HOLLYWOOD MESSAGE

 

CINEMACY:
INTERVIEW – DIRECTOR JAMES MOLL ON FARMLAND

 

TRI-STATE NEIGHBOR:
‘FARMLAND’ FILM DRAWS BIG CROWD; ANOTHER SHOWING SCHEDULED

 

PASTE MAGAZINE:
FARMLAND

 

AGRICULTURE.COM:
ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET FOR FARMLAND

 

HUFFINGTON POST:
‘FARMLAND’ SHOULD WIN AWARDS AS BEST DOCUMENTARY

 

STEREOGUM:
LIZ PHAIR & EVERCLEAR JOIN FORCES FOR FARMLAND

 

NATIONAL PRESS CLUB:
SPECIAL NPC SCREENING OF AWARD-WINNING JAMES MOLL’S NEW FILM, ‘FARMLAND,’ APRIL 28

 

CAPITAL PRESS:
HUNDREDS VIEW ‘FARMLAND’ IN IDAHO

 

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER:
JAMES MOLL’S DOCUMENTARY ‘FARMLAND’ TO OPEN THEATRICALLY MAY 1

 

Farmland Announcements

 

“Farmland should be required viewing

for any young person considering going into farming or meat production.”

Jonathan Kim, Huffington Post

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