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©2018 LizMars Productions Inc. 

Midian Farm

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.

THE TYEE

A touching and wistful look back

VANCOUVER OBSERVER

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.

POV MAGAZINE

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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

We Acknowledge
the support of the Canada Council for the Arts