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The First Season with director Rudd Simmons in person


Dir. Rudd Simmons. 2012, 83 mins. Digital. United States. New York Premiere. Paul and Phyllis van Amburgh, embracing the traditional values essential to life on a small farm (honest toil, thrift, and dedication to family), take their life savings and buy a defunct dairy. With three children, plus a fourth on the way, and armed only with their principles and determination, they fight to defy the odds and become full-time farmers. Simmons (producer of The Royal Tenenbaums) makes his directorial debut with this documentary, as he took to the country to follow the couple through their first year.

Preceded by Old Lady (Dir. Robert Gardner, 1958, 4 mins.), about a woman in the Kalahari Desert in Namibia and Headwaters: Phebel and Flora (Prod. Headwaters Television/Appalshop. 1982, 6mins.), rare community television footage of local bluegrass musicians at home.

Free with Museum admission.