Please join us for the kickoff screening of The Soul of A Farmer, a benefit for Early Girl Farm. The documentary follows the farm's owner, Patty Gentry, a former chef, as she battles the elements on her three acres in Bellport, Long Island.
As actor Isabella Rossellini, Patty's landlord, tells us in the film: "Patty is the Picasso of vegetables!"
The film upends the romance of farm-to-table. Sure, buying fresh produce at farmers markets and farmstands is wonderful. But the farmer's life is a constant struggle. We watch Patty work her butt off (with her small, mostly female team) seven days a week, growing the vegetables her top chef clients treasure. Such clients as Missy Robbins of Lilia, and Misi; Andrew Tarlow of Marlow & Sons, and Roman's; and Sohui Kim of The Good Fork and Gage & Tollner—all in Brooklyn, and Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue.
Patty's passion is to constantly improve her soil, her yield of organic vegetables, and just as urgently she's always thinking of how to stay afloat.
The film is directed by Roger Sherman, whose films have won two Academy Award nominations, an Emmy, a Peabody, and a James Beard Award; he is a founder of Florentine Films.
The film runs 35 minutes and will be followed by a Talk Back with Patty and Roger.