Greener Pastures

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The Main 2 Sat, Apr 15, 2023 4:30 PM
The Main 2 Mon, Apr 17, 2023 4:30 PM
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Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Programs:New American Visions
Minnesota Made
Release Year:2022
Runtime:85 min
Culture & Society
Health & Wellness
Best of Fest
Director:Samuel-Ali Mirpoorian
Executive Producer:David J. Cornfield
Linda A. Cornfield
Producer:Samuel-Ali Mirpoorian
Ian Robertson Kibbe
Cinematographer:Adam Oppenheim
Samuel-Ali Mirpoorian
Screenwriter:Vickie Curtis
Vanessa Roworth
Editor:Vanessa Roworth
Samuel-Ali Mirpoorian
Composer:Mark Crawford


Best of Fest Encore Screening

Samuel-Ali Mirpoorian’s urgent and intimate documentary looks at four multigenerational American farming families, including in Minnesota, wrestling with the various farm stressors, policies and politics farmers must maneuver to survive, connecting the dots between mental health, industrialization, food production and climate change.

Farming has been a struggle throughout history. But the life of a farmer is probably more challenging now than ever before–adding to weather and blight and economic hardships comes the vast fight against corporate farming, the opioid crisis, and a rise in mental health crises. With exceptional access to four farming families in the Midwest, Greener Pastures is a stunning cinematic document that captures day-to-day lives of perseverance, patience and determination with nothing less than the future of farming in America at stake.

Director Biography

Samuel-Ali Mirpoorian is an Iranian filmmaker who studied at Indiana University. His debut documentary short, “Little Warriors” (2017) won the Grand Prize Winner at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis and his second short documentary “Sonnie” won awards at over 40 film festivals. Greener Pastures (2023) is his debut feature documentary.