SXSW ’13: Moll doc to tackle modern-day farmers

Oscar-winning director James Moll (pictured) has begun production on an as-yet-untitled feature doc about American farmers and ranchers in their twenties.
March 12, 2013

Oscar-winning director James Moll (pictured) has begun production on an as-yet-untitled feature doc about the next generation of American farmers and ranchers.

The director, who won an Academy Award for his doc The Last Days and a Grammy for Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, will profile farmers and ranchers in their twenties, all of whom have assumed responsibility for running the family business.

The doc is being made through his indie Allentown Productions in cooperation with the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), and will aim to give a close and personal look at the young farmers and ranchers who grow and raise the food Americans consume each day.

“I’ve always strived to make films that are unbiased testaments to the subject matter,” said Moll in a statement. “It’s about telling real stories that resonate. I’ve been looking for the right subject to tackle in my next documentary, and I’ve found the perfect topic in American agriculture.”

Moll is currently in Texas participating in the ‘Power of Film (to Change the World)’ panel at South by Southwest, where he will discuss the film and the importance of presenting insight into the lives of U.S. farmers and ranchers.



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