Plowing Through an Ever-Changing Industry in 'Farmland' Trailer (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)
Having chronicled everything from athletic feats to the untold stories of the Holocaust, Oscar-winning filmmaker James Moll now turns his camera toward 21st century farmers.
"I make documentaries because it's a thrill to explore new topics and meet people that I might not otherwise cross paths with," Moll says in a statement. His latest, Farmland, pushes him into unknown waters once again, this time concentrating on the next generation of American farmers and ranchers. "While making Farmland, I found myself immersed in a community of some of the most hard-working, passionate people I've ever met. This film isn't just about what it's like to be a farmer, it's about a way of life. It's also about a subject that affects our lives daily."
In the first trailer for Farmland, we meet Moll's subjects, a spectrum of young and old farmers who are using technology to battle a wavering economy and fragile environment to keep America's most vital resources alive. Moll produced the film with support from the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance.
Farmland will mark Moll's sixth feature. His films include the Matt Damon-produced Running the Sahara, the story of three men who ran 4,300 miles across the Sahara desert, and The Last Days, a profile of five Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust that won Moll the Academy Award for best documentary in 1998.
Farmland is planning a release for spring 2014.