THE BULLISH FARMER is delighted to have been selected to screen at Kansas City FilmFest, a juried five-day film festival (April 5-9, 2017). Throughout its history, KCFF has brought in more than 200 top filmmakers from around the world to share their work and insights.
We began shooting THE BULLISH FARMER on this day back in October 2013. What began as a casual conversation with my friend Ken Marsolais (co-producer) at a local farm market had finally come to fruition. I had never had a burning passion to make a documentary, but the more we listened to John "John Boy" Ubaldo speak about the atrocities of our food system, the more passionate I became about what he was advocating for. It took quite a lot of convincing to get John onboard to tell his story in front of a camera, but once we prevailed, it’s been hard to quiet him down!
We are thrilled to announce that, after four years in production, THE BULLISH FARMER was selected to have its world premiere on Saturday, March 4 at the prestigious Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, CA.
This nursery rhyme alludes to a time where we shook the hands of the farmer who sold us the food with which we ate, fed, and nourished our families. Not to the gross over-abundance of tasteless, poison-laced foods piled into the over-stuffed grocery wagons of today.
As we learned during our shoot, John is farming basically as it was done 100 years ago. This refers primarily to multi- crop farming, employing methods of simple crop rotation, and growing both food and animals without the use of herbicides, pesticides, growth hormones or genetically modified feed. We even learned that some degree of weed cover in the cornfield, contrary to being huge concern, can actually keep the soil more moist so it can naturally better withstand periods of drought.