The Real Dirt on Farmer John
The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. An outcast in his community, Farmer John bravely stands amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and violence. By melding the traditions of family farming with the power of art and free expression, this powerful story of transformation and renewal heralds a resurrection of farming in America. Through highly personal interviews and 50 years of beautifully textured footage, filmmaker Taggart Siegel shares Farmer John’s haunting and humorous odyssey, capturing what it means to be wildly different in a rural community.
Taggart Siegel has been producing and directing award-winning documentaries and dramatic films for 20 years. He is the founder of Alchemy Films, an independent production company, and also the Executive Director of the Collective Eye, Inc., a non-profit media organization based in San Francisco.