"The Biggest Little Farm" - LCCC Film Series

The Biggest Little Farm - LCCC Film Series

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The Biggest Little Farm

LCCC Film Series
Date: October 25, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center

Cost: $7/each

2019 (PG) 91 min. USA
Director: John Chester
Cast: John Chester, Molly Chester

“The Biggest Little Farm” chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, the film provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet. What follows is an exclusive letter from filmmaker/farmer John Chester about giving a voice to nature’s complexity:

I find the most potent mysteries of life to be those things we miss in the everyday. Sort of like when we look up at the stars revering the infinite wonder of the universe… while standing upon the trampled soil, dismissed as dirt—a far more complex and infinite wonder. It welcomes death and returns the makings of life.

Do enough of us wonder how that is possible?

A bit of the backstory: My wife Molly specialized in farm-to-table cuisine and I was a documentary filmmaker, but we had a collective dream that our once coveted identities as filmmaker and chef couldn’t satisfy.

We quit our careers to start a farm and I never again intended to make another film. Yet that didn’t stop me from carrying a camera in my truck documenting these little moments. I’d be switching between two worlds. In a single day I’d find myself suturing the wound of an injured piglet and a moment later I’d be capturing footage of a ladybug “in labor” perched on a dark green leaf delivering her bright yellow eggs.

Over time I became inspired by the full story I was watching unfold. By year five our land was revealing nature’s interconnected secrets. I now knew the story, but would I allow myself the freedom to tell it in a way that would defy expectations?

I feared that a film about a farm working in harmony with nature would be expected to be a polarizing essay of right and wrong. The acceptable villain of the story a human, a corporation or greed, leaving the audience with anxiety and rage, narrowing their perspective not widening it. After eight years I’ve discovered that a wider lens is the best way to interpret the language of an ecosystem that functions based on two things: consequence and impermanence.

Perhaps there is another way to see this world and I wanted to give a perspective and a voice to its complexity. Because if it is a reconnected world we seek, then there is only one way to find it—a lens that softens our eyes to imperfection, and opens our hearts to a deeper understanding of the elements that divide us. Buried in the cold and cruel ways of nature is a mirror that reflects back our human journey. The answers we seek for our lives are there if we know how to see. Molly and I have found the unexpected answers to what we didn’t know we were missing. We understand the purpose of death and that has redefined how we see life. I hope you will find this world on our farm as purposely terrifying and inspiring as we have.

“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…” – NEW YORK POST

“A thoughtful and often profoundly moving portrait of the remarkable work involved in producing mindful food.” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“One of the year’s best films. A layered and rich experience, full of life and renewal.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

Tags: arts and entertainment, lccc, movies, films

Posted By: Lorain County Community College

Event Details

Date: October 25, 2019
Time: 7:30pm

Stocker Center
1005 N Abbe Rd
Elyria OH 44035

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Lorain County Community College (LCCC) was named as an Aspen Institute Top 150 U.S. Community College – the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. This follows it being named a Leader College of Distinction by Achieving the Dream in 2019 and the top community college in the country for Excellence in Student Success by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in 2018. According to a recent report on three-year success measures from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, LCCC's success rate of 60 percent is higher than the state average of 51 percent. Additionally, more Lorain County high school students are taking advantage of College Credit Plus options to earn college credit while in high school. In fact, 43 percent of all Lorain County high school seniors graduate with some college credit – saving families $6.5 million. LCCC is also one of only three community colleges in Ohio that have been approved to offer an applied bachelor’s degree. Students can now earn a bachelor’s of applied science degree in microelectronic manufacturing – with local jobs waiting for them. LCCC is important to the community as 1 in 4 Lorain County residents has attended LCCC and more than 85 percent of our graduates work in Northeast Ohio. For more information about LCCC, visit www.lorainccc.edu.

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