Directed by Sean Fahey
The Tractor Builder is the award-winning, true and inspiring story of Tom Karl, surmounting Muscular Dystrophy through innovation and faith. In his quest for a more-independent life, Tom Karl has designed and built a tractor that he can operate using only his head and right hand. Through his example, we discover that positive thinking and hard work can turn what seems impossible into a successful reality.
Tractor Builder was officially selected at the 2010 Chicago Int'l Film Festival, and won the Studs Terkel award, honoring outstanding media professionals for excellence in covering and reflecting diverse communities. Terkel Awards highlight creatives who take risks in covering social issues by offering new or unusual perspectives on topics of general concern.
Tractor Builder has also screened in festivals around the world, including Hot Docs in Canada and has screened on PBS affiliates around the US.
In the directors own words: I think, in America right now, we are faced with so much negativity, everyone is closing off, taking care of "me" is a mode of survival in these hard times. Films like the Tractor builder that reveal the ingenuity, integrity, and positivity needed to right the ship of our personal malaise. People want to feel good again and be inspired.