|The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY is excited to partner with Pine Plains Memorial Hall to bring Tony Stone’s film PETER AND THE FARM to the community as part of The Moviehouse FilmWorks Forum series. The event is free and open to all who wish to attend – tickets are not required. After the film there will be a community discussion led by the film’s Director and Cinematographer, Tony Stone.
Tony Stone is an American independent filmmaker, whose notable works include the music video for R.E.M.’s “It Happened Today”, and the films Severed Ways and Out of Our Minds. He also co-owns the Basilica Hudson performance space with his wife, musician and Producer of the film Melissa Auf der Maur.
The film features Peter Dunning – 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 quite some time, a product of the 1960s counterculture whose poetic idealism has since soured. For all his candor, he slips into drunken self-destructive habits, cursing the splendors of a pastoral landscape that he has spent decades nurturing. 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.
“With this rueful, cantankerous yet hugely charismatic figure at its center, Tony Stone’s beautiful documentary reveals the twin burdens of working the farm alone while beating back an encroaching inner darkness. “Peter and the Farm” isn’t afraid to get dirt under its fingernails, which may turn off the weak-stomached, but those same visceral qualities are essential to understanding a man who cannot be separated from the land.” —-Scott Tobias, Variety
Director: Tony Stone
Cast: Peter Dunning
Producers: Melissa Auf der Maur, Jake Perlin, Andrew Adair
Cinematography: Tony Stone, Nathan Corbin
Unrated / 1hr 35minutes