John Chester charts the ups and downs of starting a farm over eight years.
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.
Chester is an Emmy-winning television director and showrunner. This is his fourth feature documentary.
Past Sundance docs:
GENERATION WEALTH (2018)
THE DEBUTANTE HUNTERS (2012, short)
Keats has previously produced projects for Participant Media and Oscar winner Jessica Yu.
David is an environmental activist, author, and producer.
Messer has an extensive background as a television writer/producer/showrunner, most notably for the series CRIMINAL MINDS.
Monroe is one of the most in demand writers in the documentary space.
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.
For Sundance screening dates and times, click the film title in the first paragraph.