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The Real Dirt on Farmer John

Not Rated In Theaters 06/22/2007 , 82min.
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Village Voice
At times, the film plays like an extended infomercial for John's new company, Angelic Organics, but the agrarian fantasy is so compelling here that the revitalization of the American family farm begins to seem not just possible, but probable. Full Review
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. Full Review
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
It's fascinating that this portrait of the rise, fall and rise of Midwestern organic farmer John Peterson can be read in so many different ways, only some of which appear intentionally in Taggart Siegel's sympathetic documentary about his friend and fellow artist. Full Review
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
Offers one man's extraordinary life as a gateway to a larger history of tragedy and transition. It's an unflinching account of what farming takes -- and, more important, what it gives back. Full Review
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
Though its title suggests an expos on Dodger Dogs, the movie is the moving, inspirational account of John Peterson's discovery of an almost divine calling in the land beneath his feet. Full Review

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