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"A bittersweet, beautiful new film."
-Modern Farmer Magazine

“The combine derby is … a welcome distraction from the economic turmoil facing the community; it’s a comforting ritual in an atmosphere of uncertainty.”
-Nathan Weinbender, Spokane Spokesman-Review

“Intriguing!”
-Basil Tsiokos, Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival; Head of Programming, DOC-NYC
DRYLAND PRESS KIT

Synopses
Directors' Statement
Bios
Publicity Stills
Filmography
Poster
Postcard

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FILM CREDITS
Producers, Directors, Editors
Sue Arbuthnot
Richard Wilhelm
Director of Photography
Sue Arbuthnot
Sound
Richard Wilhelm
Composer
Mark Orton
Audio Post
Michael Gandsey
Colorist
John Davidson
Additional Music by
John Mellencamp
Don Walser

Press

"Dryland is a both a raucous celebration of the culture of agriculture and an honest look at the reality of family farming. The question at its premise, whether the family farm can sustain the next generation, is a question faced all over this country and one that is crucial to the future of the food system and our nation. I know that Dryland will be very well-received." story of the family farm."
-Jennifer Fahy, Farm Aid
"Combine demolition derbies are a chance for farmers to blow off some steam by crashing old, modified wheat combine harvesters into each other....But it turns out that combine demolition derbies also work as wonderful narratives for telling the story of the family farm. Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm explore this theme in Dryland, a bittersweet, beautiful new film. It's the best movie about coming of age and crashing combines you'll ever see." Dryland, directed by Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm, is a wistful documentary—lots of long shots on beautiful empty fields, empty storefronts, empty streets, rusting equipment—and rightfully so. The way of life it captures is contracting, ratcheting in on itself, leaving small towns that are unable to support businesses, and schools without students. The calculus that drives farmers off the land, and drives Dryland, is simple and inexorable. Thanks for creating this profound work of art!
-Nathanael Johnson, grist.org
“Dryland does a remarkable job of capturing the heart and soul of two wheat farming families in eastern Washington, displaying their passion for farming and their commitment to maintaining their way of life. It provides an excellent opportunity for those of us not living on a farm to see firsthand what it takes to be a successful farmer in today’s economy.”
Tom Davis, Washington Farm Bureau
“From the opening frame the new documentary, Dryland, brings us big vistas and large concepts. Dryland reminds us that we all have the opportunity to live today with passion and do all we can to shape a future that enhances the common good—whether in small towns in eastern Washington or big cities throughout this country."
David Leslie, Exec. Director, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Screenings

November 13, 2014
Yakima Valley MuseumYakima, Washington

October 17-19, 2014
Black Bear Film FestivalMilford, PA

October 15, 2014
Moses Lake Museum & Art CenterMoses Lake, WA

September 13, 2014
Waikato MuseumHamilton, New Zealand

September 2-6, 2014
DOCUTAH
Southern Utah Documentary Film Festival
St. George, Utah

July 24, 2014, 6:30 pm
Strand Theatre
Red Ants Pants Music FestivalWhite Sulphur Springs, Montana

May 24, 2014
Seattle Center
NW Folklife FestivalSeattle, Washington

May 22-24, 2014
Ritz TheaterRitzville, WA

April 24-27, 2014
Julien Dubuque International Film FestivalDubuque, Iowa

April 16, 2014
The Athena Cinema
Athens International Film FestivalAthens, Ohio

February 22, 2014
Wilma Theatre
World Premiere
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Missoula, Montana