The film provides an intimately detailed portrait of southern Vermont dairyman and organic farmer Peter Dunning, a rugged individualist, hard-drinking loner and former artist who has burned bridges with his wives and children and whose only company, even on harsh winter nights, are the sheep, cows, and pigs he tends on his farm. Dunning is one of the most complicated, sympathetic documentary subjects to come along in some time. Imbued with an aching tenderness, Stone’s documentary is both haunting and heartbreaking, a mosaic of its singular subject’s transitory memories and reflections—however funny, tragic, or angry they may be. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the Philadelphia Film Festival and was selected as a New York Times Critic’s Pick. Directors Tony Stone and Melissa Auf de Maur will attend the screening.
Upcoming Woodstock Vermont Films at Billings Farm & Museum:
July 28, 5 & 7 PM - Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
August 11, 5 & 7 PM - Menashe
September 22, 5 & 7 PM - California Typewriter