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Farm Time (A Year on the Farm with Red Planet Vegetables)

Follow Rhode Island farmers, Catherine Mardosa and Matt Tracy of Red Planet Vegetables, through all four seasons as they face the challenges and rewards of artisanal farming, while discussing their hopes and fears, motivations and misgivings as they put a face to the farmers who are at the core of the farm-to-table movement.

  • David Helfer Wells
  • David Helfer Wells
  • Mae Gammino
  • David Helfer Wells
  • David Helfer Wells
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    HD Digital Video
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Director Biography - David Helfer Wells

Director/Cinematographer/Editor David Helfer Wells brings three decades of experience making still images and, more recently, documentary films for publications and websites. One editor described him as a “...specialist in intercultural communication and visual narratives that excel in their creative mastery of light, shadow and sound, stills and video." His still imagery has appeared in Fortune, Life, National Geographic, Newsweek, The New York Times, Time and other magazines. He received funding for past projects from the MacArthur Foundation's Program of Research and Writing on International Peace and Cooperation, the Fulbright Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Alicia Patterson Foundation. The Philadelphia Inquirer nominated his work on the pesticide poisoning of California farm workers for a Pulitzer Prize. His short documentary films have been juried into festivals in Ankara, Bangalore, Jaipur, Lahore, Lisbon, Mumbai, New Haven, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Rome, Sacramento and San Francisco.

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The complete list of the awards my videos have won are listed at davidhwells.com/about/resume.php

Select awards include:

Best New England Documentary Short, South East New England Film Festival, Providence, R.I., 2018
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Project Grant for Individuals, 2017
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Mini Grant Award, 2017
Necati Celik Prize, HAK-IS Respect for Labor Intern. Film Contest, Ankara, Turkey, 2016
My video Blending into the American Dream, was selected as one of the "Picks from 2016" by David Schonauer at Motion Pro Arts. See ai-ap.com/publications/article/20147/picks-from-2016-granola-and-the-american-dream.html
My Cafe video vimeo.com/87680818 won a Best of ASMP award. See https://www.asmp.org/best-of-2014/david-wells/
Eddie Award, Folio Magazine, New York City, 2013