• The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2007)

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

Release Date: June 22nd, 2007

DVD Release Date: January 8th, 2008

Not Yet Rated |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

Production Co: Collective Eye

Keywords: Transformation , 1980s , Quest , Father , Inspiring , Mother , Love , Emotional , Engaging

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Elizabeth WeitzmanNew 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

  • 75
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    In many ways, it's a painful story, but it's also full of curious triumphs and outlandish redemptions. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago 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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