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The Biggest Little Farm


The Biggest Little Farm

Our third film of the Fall 2019 Reel Movie Mondays season, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM screens November 4, 2019 at Carnival Cinemas

Directed by John Chester, Rated PG
USA | 89 minutes | English, Elevation Pictures


Emmy Award–winning filmmaker John Chester and his wife, Molly, a culinary writer, trade city life to start their own farm on a stretch of depleted soil outside Los Angeles. Part of their inspiration is to offer a better life outdoors for their rescue dog, Todd. But they also want to live in better harmony with nature. Many of us hold similar dreams — but John and Molly put theirs into action.

John chronicles their efforts for more than eight years in this sweeping epic about the creation of Apricot Lane Farms. New to the world of agriculture and farming, John and Molly enlist the help of Alan York, a plant, soil, and biodynamic consultant whose vision is to raise an array of crops and livestock. Alan cautions that it will take seven years before they fully realize their potential. During that time, they face mounting obstacles: coyotes, insects, bad weather, and disease, like a modern-day enactment of Little House on the Prairie. Most farmers would respond with pesticides, extermination, and concentration on a single crop, but, following their guide, John and Molly remain steadfast in their commitment to working with nature and not against it.

Teeming with stunningly beautiful images of flora and fauna — including a pregnant hog that will melt your heart — The Biggest Little Farm, which played Hot Docs 2018, is a testament to idealism. For urban viewers, it’s a necessary confrontation with how our food is grown. It’s also a family adventure, full of suspense and emotion that will leave a lump in your throat.

“In a time when climate news is near-uniformly depressing, this is a nature documentary that pays loving and hopeful tribute to the complex web of life — and it won’t scare your kids.” —Sara Stewart, New York Post

Principal Cast: John Chester, Molly Chester


Advance Tickets available online (, at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) 4525 47A Ave., Red Deer, AB., by phone 403-309-8405, or just click on the TICKETS AVAILABLE section of this event above for $10 tickets.

Single Tickets: $10 Regular/$8 MAG Member; NOTE AT THE DOOR TICKETS ARE $10 (No member or student discounts at the door, so buy early for the best price). Tickets can be purchased at the door on film nights beginning 1 hour before the film, based on availability.

Film Packages: Buy a Season Package to all 5 films for $45 regular and $35 for MAG Members, available until the first film night of the season (October 7, 2019). To buy tickets to all films click here

Not a MAG Member? Become a member to receive the member rate on your tickets.

Limited seating available. Films screen at 7pm on select Mondays at Carnival Cinemas Red Deer.

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