(1 x 80)
Canada | Color | 5.1 Surround
©2018 LizMars Productions Inc.
A transformative piece of family and Canadian history
If it had happened in America, Midian Farm would be a Hollywood script. Instead, its legacy is memorialized through a compelling personal Canadian documentary. From 1971 – 1977, Midian Farm was a back-to-the-land social experiment created by a community of urban baby boomers from Toronto. Led by Grainger and Diane Cowie, the father and mother of filmmaker Liz Marshall, during a period of social and political re-imagining, the farm’s utopian vision eventually collapsed. Piercing through time more than four decades later, Liz puts to rest a transformative piece of family and Canadian history.
This film is a very personal act of excavation and reclamation, culminating in a reunion bringing together many of the filmmaker's original, extended, Family.
TOM CHARITY, VIFF
The story of Midian Farm is like a capsule containing many timeless stories and lessons, and now it is on the record as Canadian history.
THE ECO HUB
Midian Farm reminds us that the road to utopia still means grappling with the alien technology of being human.
THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT
Interviewing not only her parents but looking at her own childhood through the lens of photographs, home movies and unspoken stories.
A touching and wistful look back
Marshall's Midian Farm evokes the past in the best way possible: by honoring its principles, in an attempt to understand what didn't work and what was achieved.
Written, Directed, Filmed by Liz Marshall
Produced by Liz Marshall and Roderick Deogrades
Edited by Roderick Deogrades and Mike Munn
Original Music by Ken Whiteley
Re-Recording Mixer Michelle Irving
Supervising Re-Recording Mixer Daniel Pellerin
Sound Editor Ryan Wibowo
Original Music Recording Engineered by Nicolas Tjelios
Music Clearance Amy Fritz
Additional Cinematography John Price, Justin Lovell
Assistant Editor Ellen DesRues
Production Coordinator Nathalie Klinck
Location Sound Recordists Peter Sawade, Mike Filippov, Chris Miller
Poster Design Karin Culliton
the support of the Canada Council for the Arts