|THE BULLISH FARMER|
|Winner: BEST DIRECTOR DOCUMENTARY FEATURE|
|Cast: ||John Ubaldo|
|Crew: ||Screenwriters: Nancy Vick - Cinematographer: Gerardo Puglia - Editor: Kristen Nutile|
Over a decade ago, John Ubaldo, aka “John Boy,” a successful Wall Street investment banker decided to call it quits. Distraught over the loss of his best friend in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, John traded in his high finance career for 185 acres of land on the Battenkill River in Cambridge, NY, to live a quiet life as a small farmer. John wanted to farm the way it was done 100 years ago, raising a variety of livestock and crops. His only goal was to raise delicious and nutritious food for himself and his extended network of family and friends. But John’s dream of living an uncomplicated traditional agrarian life gets complicated when he comes up against Big Agriculture (Big Ag) and realizes that his methods are not in sync with today’s prevailing agricultural methods. John, the very private farmer, becomes a passionate and outspoken activist lobbying for GMO labeling, animal rights, the preservation of crop diversity and the reduction of chemical fertilizers to help preserve small farms and rural America.
Ken Marsolais is an Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner. For over 40 years, Marsolais has worked in theater, film, and the arts, inspiring viewers to open their minds and think thoughtfully about how we view our world.
Ken produced on Broadway, among others, THE SHADOW BOX, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, directed by Edward Albee and starring Colleen Dewhurst and Ben Gazarra, LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, starring Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst, and YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, which was taped and shown on PBS and Showtime. He also directed opening and closing ceremonies in Savannah, Georgia for the 1996 Olympics, hosted by Walter Cronkite.
Marsolais' films include, award winning RONALD MCDONALD: THE HOUSE THAT LOVE BUILT, hosted by Jason Robards; PHILIP C. CURTIS: AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL, a documentary on one of America's foremost artists, which aired on PBS; EACH DAY A DIFFERENCE, a film on children and adults with extreme disabilities, hosted by Brian Dennehy.
Marsolais’ goal in making THE BULLISH FARMER is to inspire awareness about the importance of the food we eat and gain support for the small farms and help save rural America.