The First Season

Directed by: Rudd Simmons

RECOMMENDED! - Ray Pride, Newcity Chicago

Official Selection - Slamdance Film Festival 2012

“Five years ago, Paul and Phyllis Van Amburgh quit their jobs in the city, bought a neglected farm in upstate NY, relocated their children, and tried their luck as dairy farmers. Filmmaker Rudd Simmons (producer of Boardwalk Empire) documents their experiences in The First Season, a cinema vérité style doc that proves that modern farming is not for the faint of heart. The camera captures every seemingly mundane aspect of the Van Amburgh's journey: repairing milk pumps, nursing newborn calves, and avoiding creditors. In these details, Simmons expertly crafts a portrait of a family determined to make their new self-sustaining lifestyle a success. Deliberately paced and beautifully scored, The First Season is a worthy addition to the direct cinema genre.” – Ryland Aldrich, Twitch Film (2012, 83 min., video)

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