On Monday, September 2nd, 2019 at 10 p.m. Farmsteaders, a new documentary directed by Shaena Mallett was shown on PBS and pov.org. Farmsteaders can be streamed through September.
Farmsteaders follows Nick Nolan and his family on a journey to resurrect his late grandfather’s dairy farm as agriculture moves toward large-scale farming. The documentary points an honest look at the beauty and hardship of everyday life, offering an unexpected voice for a forsaken people: those who grow the food that sustains us. With about 4.7 farms in the U.S. who couldn’t sustain business due to corporate-driven food processes, Mallett says in a press release, the story is pertinent to the 21st century.
Find out more about the film, here.
About The Filmmaker
Shaena Mallett is an award-winning documentary storyteller, teacher, farmer, and mother. She grew up between the Rust Belt and Amish country on a small family homestead, spending summers in the Allegheny Mountains of northern Appalachia. She is a granddaughter of farmers, coal miners, fur trappers, and bakers. After 6 years in process, Farmsteaders will be her first full-length film.