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1 hr. 22 min.

Plot Summary
Filmmaker Taggart Siegel captures two turbulent decades in the life of John Peterson, an Illinois farmer who not only tends the land but also delves into writing and performance art. A man who would as soon work the fields in a feather boa as in a pair of jeans, Peterson rises out of the bankruptcy and depression plaguing Midwest farm communities in the 1980s and saves his livelihood through organic agriculture.


Director: Taggart Siegel

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Slowhand Cinema Releasing

The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005)

Release Date: June 22nd, 2007|1 hr. 22 min.

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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    A loose, amiable documentary tracking several decades in the life of this most unusual farmer. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Despite the movie's intimate nature, Siegel deftly broadens his view to observe the culture and conditions of contemporary American farming. Don't be surprised if, by the finish, you wind up fantasizing about your own rural homestead. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a loving, moving, inspiring, quirky documentary that was made while the lives it records were being lived. show more

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