Peter and The Farm

Peter and the Farm, Middlebury New Filmmaker Festival 2016


Peter Dunning is the proud proprietor of Mile Hill Farm, which sits on 187 idyllic acres in Vermont. The land’s 38 harvests have seen the arrivals and departures of three wives and four children, leaving Peter with only animals and memories. The arrival of a film crew causes him to confront his history and his legacy, passing along hard-won agricultural wisdom even as he doubts the meaning of the work he is fated to perform until death. Haunted by alcoholism and regret, Peter veers between elation and despair, often suggesting to the filmmakers his own suicide as a narrative device. He is a tragedian on a stage it has taken him most of his life to build, and which now threatens to collapse from under him. At once a postcard from paradise and a cautionary tale for our times, Peter and The Farm sifts through the potential energy of a human life, that which is used and that which is squandered.

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 7:15pm
Location: Dana Auditorium
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Director: Tony Stone (will attend the Festival)
Editor: Maxwell Paparella
Producer: Tony Stone, Melissa Auf der Maur (will attend the Festival), Jake Perlin, Andrew Adair

Genre: Documentary feature
Length: 91 min
Location: USA
Language: English