The Biggest Little Farm


The Main 3 Sat, Apr 6, 2019 5:00 PM
The Main 3 Wed, Apr 10, 2019 4:50 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Programs:New American Visions
Release Year:2018
Runtime:91 min
Print Source:Neon
Director:John Chester
Executive Producer:Laurie David
Producer:Sandra Keats
Laurie David
Erica Messer
Cinematographer:John Chester
Screenwriter:John Chester
Mark Monroe
Editor:Amy Overbeck
Composer:Jeff Beal


A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog Todd leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The land they’ve chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek, planting 10,000 orchard trees and over 200 different crops, and bringing in animals of every kind including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. When the farm’s ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, so does the Chesters’ hope but as their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realize that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the intricacies and wisdom of nature, and of life itself.

Director Biography

John Chester

Emmy award-winning filmmaker John Chester is an industry staple, widely known for his work in both film and television, such as OWN's Super Soul Sunday programming and Lost in Woonsocket (07).


"[S]taggering in its exhaustive overview, and provides a handy guide to anyone dreaming of escaping city life to run their own show" - Indie Wire