Freedom Film Festival 2022

The 18th Annual Free Range Film Festival provides a forum for filmmakers, cinephiles, barn-lovers and aficionados of country living.

The 2022 calendar of moving pictures has been released and all have been certified to be screened in a century-old barn in the middle of organic farming country. The programming is an eclectic mix of animation, documentary, narrative fiction and experimental eye candy. There are also a number of filmmakers and subjects who will be present.

In addition to the movies, there will be a local food truck cooking up gourmet BLTs (as well as vegetarian options and food farm-fresh organic produce). The Denfeld Honors Quartet will provide music during intermission on Friday evening and guitarist Darin Bergsven will provide musical entertainment on Saturday evening.

Friday schedule

Announcement Olio – By Mattia Montesano
An animated music video from Italy. 3 minutes

hive spirit – By Zeke Hanson
How to tell the whole story of bees in one minute? 1 minute

Final chapter – By Conor Holt
Bargin Books has been in business in Van Nuys, California for over 60 years. Can this last another? 7 minutes

Almost normal, through the eyes of autism – By John Austin
Filmmaker John Austin can communicate in a completely different, upside-down way. 30 minutes

What Haces Aqui? A documentary about Karen – By Rob Rook
Karen was a prosecutor living in Chicago. Now she’s moving to Mexico City to write the telenovela she’s always wanted to watch. 25 minutes

Intermission with the music of the Denfeld Honors Quartet

A life on the farm – By Oscar Harding
What kind of cinematic magic can live on a legacy VHS in the middle of rural England? Oscar Harding can tell you with his documentary a dive into the home video majesty of Charles Carson and Coombe End Farm. 90 minutes

Saturday schedule

Square Circus – By John Akre
The squares show their four sides. 4 minutes

say his name – By Cy Dodson
Filmmaker Cy Dodson lives in Minneapolis, a few blocks from where George Floyd was murdered on May 25, 2020. This is an immersive observation of the unrest that followed and a look at a community who united in the midst of chaos. 21min

Film Factory: #1648823612092 – By Kathy McTavish
McTavish believes that art has the potential to open up subliminal and submerged aspects – to foster reflection and transformation. 5 minutes

Love letter to learn to drive – By Maija Hecht
Short film adapted from a short story adapted from pink post-its, this film is about summer, love and a car. 14 minutes

Madweyaashkaa: the waves can be heard – By Moira Villiard
What does urban resilience mean? 12 minutes

The affair of the old – By Mike Schotz
A preview of an ongoing documentary film that follows the theft and twice recovery of a soup kitchen masterpiece. 10 minutes

Intermission with music by Darin Bergsven

All at the end – By Mylissa Fitzsimmons
Stranded in Iceland, a man seeks solace in the brief human relationships he encounters as the world comes to an end. 80 minutes

Gerald R. Schneider