Truro, Massachusetts – Wellfleet Preservation Hall will host a special screening of the 'coming of aging' feature film, Farmer of the Year, June 20 as part of their Local Lens Film Series. The film, by the part-time Truro husband and wife team of Kathy Swanson and Vince O'Connell, stars Emmy-nominated Barry Corbin (Northern Exposure, No Country for Old Men, Urban Cowboy, War Games), Mackinlee Waddell (Good Christian Belles), and Terry Kiser (Weekend at Bernie's) and has been receiving critical and audience acclaim nationwide since its release in 2018. “We are thrilled to include 'Farmer of the Year' as part of its ongoing Local Lens film screening series, which showcases the work of talented local and regional filmmakers,” said Vanessa Downing, Managing Director of Wellfleet Preservation Hall. “It's always a wonderful bonus for our attendees to have the filmmakers present at the screenings. We look forward to hosting Kathy and Vince's film and Q & A at our venue!"
Shot largely in Swanson's Minnesota hometown (pop. 1100) and at the farm on which she grew up, the film tells the story of an aging farmer who, after selling the farm he's worked for over 60 years, finds himself useless and adrift. Struggling to maintain his youth, he road-trips across the country in a ’73 Winnebago with his equally directionless and unreasonably self-confident granddaughter. Heading west, they find themselves in seemingly impossible situations with only each other for support. As their journey and relationship progress, they begin to understand and appreciate each other as individuals while discovering that being young and being old, aren’t all that different.
A deceptively simple look, presented lightly and with humor, at aging, transitions, loss and family, the film doesn't hit the audience over the head with the message.
Filled with typical, understated small town humor and restraint, Farmer of the Year captures a sense of real life, location and spirit of rural living with a unique combination of homegrown and Hollywood. When asked about the Wellfleet screening, Swanson answered, “We can't wait to show our film at Preservation Hall...it's such a vibrant venue and right in our back yard! Plus, the film is a good story with lots of layers that resonates well with the Cape Cod independent spirit and intellect...we sold-out and won audience and best actor awards at the Wood's Hole Film Festival.”
Farmer of the Year has been selected to screen at film festivals across the country, winning 'Audience Choice Awards' at the Minneapolis St. Paul, Sedona and Woods Hole International Film Festivals. It was nominated for 'Best Actor' (Barry Corbin) at Woods Hole and Best Feature Film and Best Actor at the Soho International Film Festival in New York City and the Lady Filmmakers Festival in LA. “We're overwhelmed with the response...audiences have been loving it...and not just Midwesterners,” laughs O'Connell.
Audiences around the country are talking about the film:
“It was a charming film from start to finish … My favorite movie of the entire [MSP Film] Festival,” Katie Matthies, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
“Cleverly written, humorous with small-town flavor, layered generations ... The Real Deal!” Noreen Ireland, Sedona, Arizona
"I love this movie. It's entertaining and funny, but it's also a meditation on youth and age that will kind of break your heart and put it back together again." Lu Lippold, Flyway Film Festival Director, Wisconsin
“Fabulous, funny, sad, heartwarming, beautiful movie.” Julie Lund Zimmeth, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The film delicately blends the comedy and drama of life.
Swanson wrote the screenplay. O'Connell, edited. They both directed and produced.
"Swanson's screenplay avoids sentimentality, achieving instead the kind of gentle, humanistic comedy we rarely see these days in movie theaters" - Margot Harrison in SevenDaysVT and Rotten Tomatoes
Wellfleet Preservation Hall will host the 'Farmer of the Year' screening and Q&A with the filmmakers, Thursday, June 20 at 7 pm and without major studio distribution, it may be the only chance people will have to see it.
To watch a trailer or learn more about the movie, visit: www.yellowhousefilms.com/home/farmeroftheyear