93 Caswell Ave
Derby Line, VT
'Farmer of the Year'. An Award-winning feature film by Vermont filmmakers Vince O'Connell and Kathy Swanson. Starring Barry Corbin ('Northern Exposure') and Terry Kiser ('Weekend at Bernies'). Drama with embedded comedy. 1h 43min. A deceptively simple look at farming, aging, transitions, farm succession and family.
After selling the farm he's worked for over 60 years, an aging farmer 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 the journey progresses so does their relationship and they begin to understand and appreciate each other as individuals while discovering that being young and being old, aren’t all that different.
The film, written by Swanson, shot largely at the farm on which she grew up and in her hometown of Tyler, Minnesota (pop. 1100), 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 won 'Best Actor' for Barry Corbin's performance at Woods Hole and was nominated for Best Feature Film and Best Actor at the Soho International Film Festival in New York City and Lady Filmmakers Festival in Los Angeles. The duo won the 'Emerging Directors Award' at the St. Louis Int'l Film festival.
"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
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0aOa0nPcME&feature=youtu.be
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