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Originally published in Castine Patriot, February 28, 2019 and Island Ad-Vantages, February 28, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, February 28, 2019
Opera House hosts screenings of couple’s first feature fim

Stonington’s Opera House will host three special screenings of the “coming of aging” feature film, Farmer of the Year, beginning March 8. The film, by the Vermont husband and wife team of Kathy Swanson and Vince O’Connell, stars Emmy-nominated Barry Corbin, Mackinlee Waddell, and Terry Kiser, and is the couple’s first feature.

Shot largely in Swanson’s Minnesota hometown and at the farm on which she grew up, 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.

Filled with typical, understated small town humor and restraint, Farmer of the Year captures a sense of real life, location and spirit of rural living with a unique combination of homegrown and Hollywood, according to a news release.

The film will screen at Stonington’s Opera House Friday-Saturday, March 8-9, at 7 p.m. with a matinee Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m. Without major studio distribution, it may be the only chance people will have to see it.