DOCUMENTARY / Farmer/Veteran
"FARMER/ VETERAN IS KEENLY EMPATHETIC TOWARDS ITS SUBJECTS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME BEING RIGOROUS ABOUT THE JOURNALISM AND INTERVIEWING...EVEN GIVEN THE DARKNESS AT THE CORE OF IT, IT'S SUCH A PRETTY MOVIE."
— Sean Cole, Producer, This American Life
Home from three combat tours in Iraq, Alex Sutton forges a new identity as a farmer, hatching chicks and raising goats on 43 acres in rural North Carolina. He dives into life on the farm with his new love Jessica, but cannot shake the lingering traumas of war. The stories he tells about his battlefield experiences seem unmoored from reality as he oscillates between states of heightened awareness and “feeling zombified” from a cocktail of prescriptions meant to keep him stable. The farm becomes a terrain to unearth what is buried, what it really means to be “the perfect soldier," and where to go from here.
I was honored to collaborate with North Carolinian filmmakers D.L. Anderson, Alix Blair and Jeremy M. Lange on this project that started back in 2012 as a short documentary piece and blew up into a PBS funded feature length documentary. I was responsible for overall creative direction/art direction on the film including Titles, Motion Design, Storyline/Edit feedback, Posters, Collateral and PR kits.
Premiered nationally on PBS's Independent Lens, Memorial Day 2017.
Best Documentary Feature - Brooklyn Film Festival
Best Documentary Feature - Shanghai International Film & TV Festival
Best Feature - Y'ALLYWOOD Film Festival
Southern Documentary Jury Prize - Macon Film Festival
Best Documentary Feature - Charlotte Film Festival
Southern Stories Jury Prize - Hot Springs DFF
Jury Finalist - New Orleans Film Festival
More info: farmerveteran.com