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“A sensory and unsentimental peak behind the veil of the utopian dream of farming” is how Chemical Shed Production describes their latest film, “Boone.” Director Christopher LaMarca new documentary chronicles the lives of three young goat farmers as they struggle to keep their farm financially afloat while dealing with increasingly strict government regulations and the everyday difficulties of keeping a small business running.
As one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film (as named by Filmmaker Magazine in 2014) and as a Sundance Institute Edit and Story lab film fellow, LaMarca drew upon his passion for photography to stirringly capture the deep commitment that the farmers at the heart of “Boone” feel for their land, their work and their animals.
LaMarca said of his experience filming the feature: “Upon arrival my romanticized vision of farm life was crushed. It was pouring rain, 35 degrees and in the middle of birthing season. Goats were wailing, kidding at all hours of the day and night while the farmers were scrambling as wind squalls were ripping apart pieces of the barn…The result is a film that rides the line of being both quiet and savage in the same breath; a haunting portrayal of the heart, soul and grit of a farmer’s journey.”
In the exclusive trailer below, the film’s imagery appears to be reminiscent of “Winter’s Bone,” yet the tranquil and beautiful scenes of nature quickly come to an halt when the camera flips to cinéma vérité style, showing in intimate detail just how hard working a farm can be and how far these farmers have to go to keep things going for themselves and the animals trusted into their care.
“Boone” will have its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival later this month. Check out our exclusive trailer above.