Farmer John

Directed by Megan Katz

(or) "How to run your farm from 500 miles away"


Here in the middle of "America's Dairyland" the fields of corn are golden brown, sun dapples the red barns and peaceful cows dot the countryside. City folks like to romanticize idyllic side-of-the-road notions of life on the farm; but here’s a dairy farmer who loves his life ... and has a lot more to talk about than milk yield.


Camera: Megan Katz
Thanks: First and foremost to Farmer John Dougherty for his great generosity in sharing with me both his stories and so many hours of his time! To Judith Helfand, Gregg Mitman, Sarita Siegel and Erika Simon for organizing and teaching such a fantastic class and to the students of IES 402 for all their shared time, help, and expertise!

Other 2007 Student Films

Alternate Living
Fish Fry
For When the Buffalo Roam
Freewheels and Freedom
I'm In a Badger State of Mind
Matt's Turkeys

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