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The Real Dirt on Farmer John

"The Real Dirt on Farmer John" is a personal documentary about John Peterson, a farmer, artist, and eccentric/innovative thinker cast in rural Illinois. Filmmaker Taggart Siegel has documented John's struggle to redefine his family farm for over twenty years, witnessing the colorful drama of John's life. After the death of his father during the late 1960s, John turns his traditional family farm into an experiment of art and culture, making it a haven for hippies, radicals, and artists. "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" charts the end of this idealistic era as the farm debt crisis of the 1980s brings about the tragic collapse of the farm.

1hr 22mins long
PG Contains adult themes

Taggart Siegel
John Peterson