Maine Farmland Trust will host a special screening of “Hanna Ranch,” the new feature documentary depicting the personal struggle of visionary rancher Kirk Hanna, Thursday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St. Admission is free.

Featured in the book “Fast Food Nation” and dubbed The Eco-Cowboy, Hanna was an early adopter of Holistic Resource Management practices, sat on numerous environmental boards and was president of the Colorado Cattleman's Association. His opinion was so widely sought and respected, many even saw him as a future governor of Colorado. But his dream of harmony and sustainability ran up against the reality of family conflict and mounting threats to the land. Hanna lost hope, taking his own life. Fifteen years later, Kirk's legacy and fight live on as his family and friends continue to protect the West by saving Hanna Ranch.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Karl Kister, one of the film’s executive producers.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or