You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Betting the Farm

A collective of Maine dairymen form a start-up to get their milk into local shops, but find peace and prosperity elusive in lyrically rendered agribusiness docu "Betting the Farm."

Cast:
With: Aaron Bell, Carly DelSignore, Vaughn Chase, Laura Chase, Richard Lary, Janet Lary, Bill Eldridge.

A collective of Maine dairymen form a start-up to get their milk into local shops, but find peace and prosperity elusive in lyrically rendered agribusiness docu “Betting the Farm.” In the compassionate spirit of docu “Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern,” which won jury and aud prizes at Sundance in 1996, SilverDocs’ world preem of the first docu feature from helmers Cecily Pingree and brother-in-law Jason Mann signals an updated spin on the plight of the American farmer that will be in demand for fests, social justice groups and ancillary.

Pic focuses on three of eight homesteaders struggling to bring their product, Maine’s Own Organic (MOO) to market — blustery Richard Lary, weary Vaughn Chase and idealistic Aaron Bell. Various snafus delay the debut, with CEO Bill Eldridge warning payouts will be late. Resulting economic strife and subsequent soul-searching tests mettle in varying ways. Pingree’s camera is unflappably cool, abetted by a spacy roots score. The helmers have connections to biz and politics: Mann is grandson of late “Marty” director and former DGA prez Delbert Mann; sister-in-law Pingree’s mother Chellie is a prominent Maine Democrat and former prez and CEO of Common Cause.

Betting the Farm

Production: A Pull-Start Pictures production in association with Chicken & Egg Pictures. Produced, directed by Cecily Pingree, Jason Mann.

Crew: Camera (color, HD), Pingree; editor, Scott A. Burgess; music, Colin Gulley, Lindsay Mann, Joe Nelson; sound, Jason Mann, Nelson, Josh Povec. Reviewed on DVD, Sydney, June 25, 2012. (In SilverDocs Film Festival -- competing.) Running time: 84 MIN.

With: With: Aaron Bell, Carly DelSignore, Vaughn Chase, Laura Chase, Richard Lary, Janet Lary, Bill Eldridge.

More Film

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Tops International Box Office With China Debut

    A collective of Maine dairymen form a start-up to get their milk into local shops, but find peace and prosperity elusive in lyrically rendered agribusiness docu “Betting the Farm.” In the compassionate spirit of docu “Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern,” which won jury and aud prizes at Sundance in 1996, SilverDocs’ world preem of the first […]

  • James Toback sexual harassment

    Dozens of Women Accuse Director James Toback of Sexual Harassment

    A collective of Maine dairymen form a start-up to get their milk into local shops, but find peace and prosperity elusive in lyrically rendered agribusiness docu “Betting the Farm.” In the compassionate spirit of docu “Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern,” which won jury and aud prizes at Sundance in 1996, SilverDocs’ world preem of the first […]

  • Robert Hawkins, Variety Rome Correspondent, Dies

    Bob Hawkins, Longtime Variety Journalist in Italy, Dies at 93

    A collective of Maine dairymen form a start-up to get their milk into local shops, but find peace and prosperity elusive in lyrically rendered agribusiness docu “Betting the Farm.” In the compassionate spirit of docu “Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern,” which won jury and aud prizes at Sundance in 1996, SilverDocs’ world preem of the first […]

  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

    Box Office: Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Tops Downbeat Weekend With $21.7 Million

    A collective of Maine dairymen form a start-up to get their milk into local shops, but find peace and prosperity elusive in lyrically rendered agribusiness docu “Betting the Farm.” In the compassionate spirit of docu “Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern,” which won jury and aud prizes at Sundance in 1996, SilverDocs’ world preem of the first […]

  • Aida Begic Director Aida Begic poses

    Antalya Festival: Aida Begic on ‘Never Leave Me,’ Shooting Movies with Kids

    A collective of Maine dairymen form a start-up to get their milk into local shops, but find peace and prosperity elusive in lyrically rendered agribusiness docu “Betting the Farm.” In the compassionate spirit of docu “Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern,” which won jury and aud prizes at Sundance in 1996, SilverDocs’ world preem of the first […]

  • Antalya Fest Opens with Walken, Syrian

    Antalya Festival Opens with Walken, Syrian Refugee Crisis-themed ‘Never Leave Me’

    A collective of Maine dairymen form a start-up to get their milk into local shops, but find peace and prosperity elusive in lyrically rendered agribusiness docu “Betting the Farm.” In the compassionate spirit of docu “Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern,” which won jury and aud prizes at Sundance in 1996, SilverDocs’ world preem of the first […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content