genre: Documentary Short
project length: 20 minutes
clip length: 20 minutes
about: Charles Burnett, Jr. struggled with Parkinson's disease for over 40 years, one of the longest cases on record. Confined to a wheelchair and with no speech communication, he was kept in good health far beyond doctors‘ expectations by the dedicated nursing care of his wife, Miriam. Charles‘ son provides a poignant narration that recalls his father’s struggle with Parkinson’s, and how the extraordinary bond his parents shared managed to transcend the paralysis and depression of “God’s Prison”.
This film was made entirely with photos and film taken by Mr. Burnett prior to his paralysis. Winner of 4 film festival awards.
genre: Personal Documentary
project length: 19 minutes
clip length: 19 minutes
about: Feeling disconnected from their food, a filmmaker and his family decide to join a local community supported organic farm. As he photographs the growing process, the filmmaker moves from passive observer to active participant in the planting and harvesting of vegetables. Compiled entirely from nearly 20,000 still images, this personal essay is a father’s meditation on his blossoming family and community.
Fridays at the Farm has aired nationally on The Sundance Channel, won awards in the US, Korea, and Japan, and been selected for ten international traveling film festivals as well as both the Ironweed and Earth Cinema Circle DVD Collections.
DVD is available for purchase on GreenPlanetFilms.org or rental on Netflix.com