Peter And The Farm

Directed by Tony Stone. 91 minutes. Not Rated. English.

Like this program? Become a Member and show your support!

Filmmaker Tony Stone in person!

Free to Amherst Cinema Members. Free tickets available only at the box office (not online).

Presented as part of the Bellwether Film Series. Click for more information.

Peter Dunning is the proud proprietor of Mile Hill Farm, which sits on 187 idyllic acres in Vermont. The land’s 38 harvests have seen the arrivals and departures of three wives and four children, leaving Peter with only animals and memories.

The arrival of a film crew causes him to confront his history and his legacy, passing along hard-won agricultural wisdom even as he doubts the meaning of the work he is fated to perform until death.

Haunted by alcoholism and regret, Peter veers between elation and despair, often suggesting to the filmmakers his own suicide as a narrative device. He is a tragedian on a stage it has taken him most of his life to build, and which now threatens to collapse from under him.

At once a postcard from paradise and a cautionary tale for our times, PETER AND THE FARM sifts through the potential energy of a human life, that which is used and that which is squandered.

About the filmmaker:

Tony Stone was born and raised in New York City. His first feature, SEVERED WAYS: THE NORSE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA, was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures. His last film, OUT OF OUR MINDS, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2010, Stone co-founded with Melissa Auf der Maur, BASILICA HUDSON, a massive industrial factory turned performance hall, hosting cutting edge film, music, and art.