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 become unmoored from reality as he cycles between states of heightened awareness and “feeling zombified” from a cocktail of prescriptions meant to keep him stable. For the viewer, as for Alex, what to believe about his past is uncertain. The farm becomes a terrain to unearth what is buried, what it really means to be “the perfect soldier,” and where to find the way forward.
About the Artist
Alix Blair (b. 1979 USA) is responsible for a diverse body of work exploring human rights and environmental issues through photography, film and radio production. A recent graduate of the Master’s program at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and recipient of multiple fellowships, including the Duke Center for Human Rights, Blair documented the lives of women in southwestern Uganda for her Master’s work. Her audio story The Last Morning Was a Sweet One won a 2013 ShortDoc award from the Third Coast International Audio Festival. FARMER/VETERAN is her first feature-length documentary.
DirectorsAlix Blair | Jeremy M. Lange
ProducersMikel Barton | D.L. Anderson
EditorsNyneve Minnear | D.L. Anderson
Thursday, February 23, 2017
SIUC Student Center
Brooklyn Film Festival | Brooklyn, NY, United States | June 10, 2016 | Best Documentary Feature
Macon Film Festival | Macon, GA, United States | July 22, 2016 | Best Southern Documentary
Charlotte Film Festival | Charlotte, North Carolina | September 25, 2016 | Charlotte Premiere | Best Documentary Feature
Sidewalk Film Festival | Birmingham, Alabama, United States | August 27, 2016
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival | Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States| October 9, 2016 | Best Southern Documentary
New Orleans Film Festival | New Orleans, LA, United States | October 14, 2016
Cucalorus Film Festival | Wilmington, NC, United States | November 12, 2016