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Film Review: The Biggest Little Farm

Emma, the pig, and Mr. Greasy, the rooster, are frequent scene-stealers in The Biggest Little Farm, showing just what's possible with a little inter-species understanding; NEON.
Emma, the pig, and Mr. Greasy, the rooster, are frequent scene-stealers in The Biggest Little Farm, showing just what's possible with a little inter-species understanding; NEON.

A folksy, daydream quality suffuses about half the frames of The Biggest Little Farm, out now from NEON, and showing in artsier cinemas and festivals around the country.

This cinematic pixie dust is the film’s greatest strength. It also risks placing the picture, written and directed by acclaimed wildlife photographer, John Chester, precariously at the edge of fictionalized memoir — not through untruth or exaggeration, but omission and artifice.

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Spring tonic

Green River, Williamstown, Mass.; photo by Sheila Velazquez.
Green River, Williamstown, Mass.; photo by Sheila Velazquez.

Within minutes of my house, the Green River meanders through a small park along the edge of a cemetery. In a twinkling I can be there, park by the rows of silent neighbors, and carefully make my way through wild edibles, ferns, and other flora wet with mist to sit on the bank and watch the foam rush by. Birds and insects are my only distraction. 

Here I feel my mood lift, pulse rate drop, and general overall feeling enhanced. I will not stay long. I don’t need to. More important is that I do this often. Breathe deeply, think deeply. 

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Will Call #20 — Rhythm of the Forest Felt at Drum and Dance Fest

Amiée Gelinas keeps the beat of international percussion in sync with the the pulse of conservation.

PLUS: Kameron Steele directs Federico García Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” at the ’62 Center

Aimée Gelinas, far right, is a member of Gaia Roots, a group that will be performing at the 6th Annual Drum and Dance Fest.
Aimée Gelinas, far right, is a member of Gaia Roots, a group that will be performing at the 6th Annual Drum and Dance Fest.

The 6th Annual Drum and Dance Fest is a fundraiser for the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center’s “Raise the Roof” fund to build a sustainable nature and education center and to conserve 32 acres of highland Boreal forest in Windsor, MA.

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