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Award-winning, independent feature film ‘Farmer of the Year’

announces VOD and DVD release

Thought-provoking comedy-drama releases April 3 for home viewing

‘Farmer of the Year‘, the ‘coming of aging’ feature film by the husband and wife team of Vince O’Connell and Kathy Swanson, stars Emmy-nominated Barry Corbin (Northern Exposure, No Country for Old Men, Urban Cowboy, War Games), Mackinlee Waddell (Good Christian Belles), and Terry Kiser (Weekend at Bernie’s).

The film tells the story of an aging farmer who, after selling the farm he’s worked for over 60 years, finds himself useless and adrift. Struggling to maintain his youth, he road-trips across the country in a ’73 Winnebago with his equally directionless and unreasonably self-confident granddaughter.  Heading west, they find themselves in seemingly impossible situations with only each other for support. As their journey and relationship progress, they begin to understand and appreciate each other as individuals while discovering that being young and being old, aren’t all that different.

A deceptively simple and thought-provoking look, presented lightly with understated humor and sense of real life, at aging, transitions, loss, and family.

Farmer of the Year has been selected to screen at film festivals across the country, winning ‘Audience Choice Awards’ at the Minneapolis St. Paul, Sedona and Woods Hole International Film Festivals. It was nominated for ‘Best Actor’ (Barry Corbin) at Woods Hole and Best Feature Film and Best Actor at the Soho International Film Festival in New York City and the Lady Filmmakers Festival in LA. The duo won Best Directors at the St. Louis International Film Festival.

The film delicately blends the comedy and drama of life. 

Critical reviews:

“Swanson’s screenplay avoids sentimentality, achieving instead the kind of gentle, humanistic comedy we rarely see these days in movie theaters” – Margot Harrison in SevenDaysVT and Rotten Tomatoes

“A gem. One of the taglines ‘Life is one long growing season’ says it all.” – Irene Racz, The Bridge

Swanson wrote the screenplay. O’Connell, edited. They both directed and produced.

Available for
-purchase (with bonus features) or
at Vimeo On Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/217346

To watch a trailer or learn more about the movie, visit:


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