Tony Stone’s “Peter and the Farm” garnered acclaim out of its premiere at the True/False Film Festival and now it’s finally receiving a theatrical and VOD release. The film is a portrait of Peter Dunning, rugged individualist and proud proprietor of Mile Hill Farm in Vermont, whose only company are the animals he tends. During the film, he confronts his legacy, including his alcoholism, his failed marriages and self-destructive tendencies. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
“I have known Peter since I met him at the Brattleboro, Vermont farmer’s market when I was nine years old but had never gone to his farm,” said Stone in a director’s statement. “The rest of the crew had met Peter at the market on visits with me. Everyone was always drawn by his performative style at the tranquil and utopian market. Peter always stuck out with his wit and he could really hold court. Everyone felt his charisma and also his pride in his product. He was a meat farmer. He cared for his animals and you could taste it and even see it in the flesh. At the market one day, Peter invited us to his farm. When we arrived the next day, we had all been thinking the same thing.”
Stone previously wrote, directed, edited, and starred in the 2007 independent adventure drama “Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America,” which tells a story of Norse explorers battling nature in North America in the year 1007. He also wrote, directed, and photographed the short film “Out of Our Minds.”
“Peter and the Farm” first premiered at the True/False before traveling to other festivals like New Directors/New Films, the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Philadelphia International Film Festival. It will be released on iTunes, On Demand, and in theaters on November 4 from Magnolia Pictures.