Dreaming of a Vetter World Directed
Bonnie Hawthorne USA / 2018 / 77 minutes East Coast Premiere
Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Bonnie Hawthorne, Steve Buscemi, Jo Andres
Journey to the American heartland in Bonnie Hawthorne’s intimate documentary about a visionary Nebraska farm family who understood that modern agriculture was ailing, and found a cure. From farmer’s son to soil scientist to missionary and back to farmer, organic pioneer David Vetter has dedicated his life to a “ministry to the soil.” With camera and camper in tow, Hawthorne leaves her urban comforts in the rearview mirror to learn from the Vetters about what's really going on in the Corn Belt. As interest in regenerating soil explodes worldwide, Hawthorne discovers that David Vetter is way ahead of the game. With both historical context and an eye to the future, Dreaming of a Vetter World shows it's possible to jump off conventional agriculture’s pesticide treadmill. It’s also a story about love, hope and place; an inspiring example of perseverance and doing what you know is right — against all odds.
BIO: Bonnie Hawthorne is the director, cinematographer, editor, writer, and narrator of Dreaming of a Vetter World. As a film student at NYU in the 1980s, her documentary teacher said there would come a day when one woman could go AWOL from her day job cutting television shows, take off in a tiny camper and make a film with cameras small enough to fit in a purse. That day finally arrived. This film is the result.
Cast/Featuring: David Vetter, Donald Vetter, Fred Kirschenmann, Darci Vetter, Allison Vetter
Executive Producer(s): Jo Andres, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Houston
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