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TIFF ’18: Neon nabs John Chester’s “The Biggest Little Farm”

Days after its international premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, indie film distribution studio Neon has acquired the North American distribution rights to John Chester’s feature-length documentary The ...
September 12, 2018

Days after its international premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, indie film distribution studio Neon has acquired the North American distribution rights to John Chester’s feature-length documentary The Biggest Little Farm.

Produced by FarmLore Films, the film chronicles the successes and failures of the director and his wife Molly’s efforts to live harmoniously with nature on a farm north of Los Angeles.

The 91-minute film, which world premiered at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival, chronicles the Chesters over an eight-year period of hard work and outsized idealism to carve out their own utopia by planting 10,000 orchard trees, a variant of 200-plus crops, and raising myriad animals.

“Making this film has been an eight-year labor of love, and it was very important for us to find a theatrical partner that believed in it as much as we do,” Chester said in a statement. “Neon is approaching the distribution of this film with the same innovative and bold vision with which we built the farm.”

The Biggest Little Farm was executive produced by Laurie David and Erica Messer. Chester and Sandra Keats are producers.

The domestic deal was negotiated by Neon with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.

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