Award-winning New England indie at Colonial

Feb 12, 2019
Mackinlee Waddell, left, and Barry Corbin hit the road in “Farmer of the Year” (2018, USA/Canada).

Belfast — The Colonial Theatre, 163 High St., will screen the “coming of aging” feature film “Farmer of the Year” for one week beginning Friday, Feb. 22. The film, by the Vermont husband and wife team of Kathy Swanson and Vince O'Connell, stars Emmy-nominated Barry Corbin (“Northern Exposure,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Urban Cowboy,” “War Games”), Mackinlee Waddell (“Good Christian Belles”) and Terry Kiser (“Weekend at Bernie's”) and is their first feature.

Swanson wrote the screenplay, O'Connell edited and they both directed and produced. Shot largely in Swanson's Minnesota hometown (pop. 1,100) and at the farm on which she grew up, the film tells the story of an aging farmer who, after selling the farm he's worked for more than 60 years, finds himself useless and adrift. Struggling to maintain his youth, he road-trips across the country in a ‘73 Winnebago with his equally directionless and unreasonably self-confident granddaughter.

A deceptively simple look, presented lightly and with humor, at aging, transitions, loss and family, the film is filled with understated small-town humor and restraint.

“We are really excited to show the film in Belfast. New England audiences have really been appreciating and enjoying it. Plus, with Maine's rugged independent spirit, it will genuinely resonate,” said Swanson.

“Farmer of the Year” has been selected to screen at film festivals across the country, winning Audience Choice and other awards. It was one of the only feature films at the 27th annual Woods Hole Film Festival to sell out. Without major studio distribution, the Colonial run may be the only chance local people will have to see it. To learn more about the movie, visit yellowhousefilms.com.

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

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