TO MAKE A FARM (Steve Suderman). See listings. Rating: NN
To Make A Farm doesn't bear much fruit. Director Steve Suderman's low-rent production follows a handful of folks who, without any previous experience, gamble their savings, buy land in northern Ontario and embark on a life of organic farming.
These hands-on hippies take offence at being tagged as part of the "back-to-the-land" movement. Certainly, their efforts are unique and personal, but Suderman paints in broad strokes without ever really digging for much insight or personality.
The good intentions of everyone involved are admirable, and your heart goes out to one farmer who has to accept the fact that the pigs she's growing so fond of were raised for slaughter. But that doesn't justify a feature film that's a glorified 10-minute special segment on a local news station.
With his flat-lining narration, even Suderman sounds bored, despite the fact that he hails from a farming background and aims to critique soulless modern agribusiness.
The film and its subjects are in search of some personally gratifying, spiritual connection to the land. I don't doubt that they achieved it. But the feeling isn't contagious unless you're a diehard activist turned on by the sight of a great-looking turnip.
Opens Friday (July 6) at the Projection Booth.