For 25 years, Henry Brockman has worked alongside nature to grow delicious organic vegetables on his idyllic Midwestern farm, but farming takes a toll on his aging body and Henry dreams of scaling back. So he puts his former apprentices in charge of the farm, while spending a “fallow year” with his wife Hiroko in Japan. But things don’t turn out as planned, and Henry must grapple with the future of farming in a changing climate on personal, generational, and global levels.
Be sure to watch the Conversations related to this film (choose with closed captioning (CC) or translated into American Sign Language (ASL): Greener Farming with film subject Henry Brockman
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Filmmaker: Ines Sommer
Running Time: 83 mins
Ines Sommer, Filmmaker
Directing and producing films ranging from experimental shorts to feature documentaries, Sommer serves as the Associate Director of the MFA in Documentary Media program in Northwestern University’s Radio/TV/Film Department, where she also teaches. She also co-founded and directed the non-profit media arts group Percolator Films, organizing numerous film events. Films include Count Me In, Beneath the Blindfold, and The Curators of Dixon School. Her camerawork has been featured by Kartemquin Films and the Kindling Group.