2019 Sundance Docs in Focus: THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
John Chester charts the ups and downs of starting a farm over eight years.

Festival Section:
Spotlight

Sundance Program Description:

Since its debut at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM has charmed audiences and critics alike with its chronicle of one couple’s trial-and-error attempts to build a farm in harmony with nature.

It all began with a dog named Todd. Filmmaker John Chester and his wife, Molly, a private chef, promised their rescue dog a happy life, but their Los Angeles apartment just isn’t cutting it. So the couple decides to take a leap of faith and realize a long-held dream. Locating a patch of land outside the city – and a veteran farmer to shepherd them through the process – they set about building Apricot Lane Farms. As the couple faces a seemingly endless cascade of challenges from weather, predators, infestations, and disease, John documents their setbacks – and progress – over eight years.

Beautifully filmed to capture the impressive scale of the undertaking and featuring unforgettable characters of both the two- and four-legged variety, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM is an inspiring ode to uncompromising idealism and a graceful reminder of the magnificence and resilience of the natural world.

Some Background:
Director/Screenwriter/Producer:

  • John Chester

    Chester is an Emmy-winning television director and showrunner. This is his fourth feature documentary.

Producer:

  • Sandra Keats
    Past Sundance docs:

    GENERATION WEALTH (2018)
    THE DEBUTANTE HUNTERS (2012, short)

    Keats has previously produced projects for Participant Media and Oscar winner Jessica Yu.

Executive Producers:

  • Laurie David
    Past Sundance docs:

    306 HOLLYWOOD (2018)
    AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER (2017)
    FED UP (2014)
    AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH (2006)

    David is an environmental activist, author, and producer.

  • Erica Messer

    Messer has an extensive background as a television writer/producer/showrunner, most notably for the series CRIMINAL MINDS.

Screenwriter:

Editor:

  • Amy Overbeck

    Overbeck edited Chester’s previous films. This marks her first Sundance credit.

Why You Should Watch:
As noted in my program description above, Chester has created an infectiously charming portrait full of unexpected developments, daunting challenges, and surprising solutions. Audiences outside of the festival will have a chance to watch the film in theatres via NEON beginning April 5.

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