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Woodstock Vermont Film Series: Peter and the Farm, 5:00 & 7:00 PM
June 30, 2018
Peter Dunning is a rugged individualist in the extreme, a 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 Vermont farm. Peter is also one of the most complicated, sympathetic documentary subjects to come along in some time. Imbued with an aching tenderness, Tony 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.
“It is the film’s cosmic dimension that makes it so special. To borrow the title of a Tom Wolfe novel, Mr. Dunning is “a man in full,” by turns majestic and cantankerous, and unafraid to look into the void and to ask the deepest, most personal questions about the purpose of life. As the camera surveys the glorious landscape of rural Vermont, the film evokes the natural world with a grand poetic awareness of the primal connectedness of things. From the rapturous to the gross, you can’t have one without the other.” ― New York Times (Critics Pick)
Meet the filmmakers: Tony Stone and Melissa Auf der Maur will attend the screening and discuss their film.
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