Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman


Castro TheatreWed, Apr 26, 2017 6:00 PM Not Available
Film Info
Director:Susan Froemke and John Hoffman
Year of Production:2016
Premiere Status:West Coast Premiere
Topic:Climate Change
First 100 Days
Keep It Wild
Food: What's on Your Plate?
Running Time:92 min.


Montana rancher Dusty Crary works to preserve pristine, neighboring wilderness, championing efforts to prevent commercial development. Kansas farmer Justin Knopf defies conventional wisdom and implements controversial new practices to combat soil degradation and erosion. And Louisiana commercial fisherman Wayne Werner partners with fisheries regulators to help ensure a future for the red snapper upon which his business depends.

Based on The New York Times best-selling author Miriam Horn's recent book of the same name, Susan Froemke and John Hoffman's illuminating film spotlights these unlikely conservationists, stewards of the land and sea who don't fit preconceptions of environmentalists. Willing to face hostility from within their own communities by forging unexpected alliances with longtime enemies, these individuals show a commitment to work with—rather than against—nature. Driven by core American values of self-sufficiency, independence, and perseverance, they represent a largely unsung, yet passionate, movement of heartland conservationists committed to preserving the future of their livelihoods. In turn, their vital work safeguards the nation's wealth of natural resources for us all. - Sundance Film Festival

DISCUSSION WITH: Miriam Horn, author/producer; Greg Dalton, Climate One.

Program followed by a book signing with Miriam Horn on the Castro Mezannine.

Community Partners: Blue Drinks Bay Area; Climate One; International Ocean Film Festival


Additional Information

Susan FroemkeSusan Froemke is a nonfiction filmmaker and four-time Emmy Award winner with more than 30 films to her credit, including HBO's Academy Award–nominated LaLee’s Kin (2001), Grey Gardens (1976), and Wagner’s Dream (2012), which had a U.S. theatrical run before airing on PBS. Froemke recently co-directed Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012) with Matthew Heineman.

John HoffmanJohn Hoffman is Discovery's executive vice president of documentaries. He directed and executive-produced Sleepless in America and the Emmy-nominated The Weight of the Nation, and he produced HBO's Emmy-winning series Addiction and The Alzheimer’s Project. Hoffman oversaw the global premiere of the Emmy-nominated Racing Extinction (SFGFF 2014). Under his direction, Discovery launched Discovery Impact, a slate of groundbreaking environmental documentaries.