Dr. Alicia Oberle Farmer is an award-winning director/screenwriter/producer and is known for her work on City of Salt (2019), The Cell 2 (2009), Through the Killers' Eyes (2017), The Activist (2017), Attollo (2018), The Girl in the Closet (AKA The Girl in the Wall) (2018), and Quaestio (2018). She is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a multi-talent and is well-known for her successes as a director, screen writer, producer, actress, model, photographer, artist, and academic.
Farmer has been in the entertainment industry since she was 11-years-old, beginning as a published and signed cover model. In 2009, she got her first taste of the filming life on the set of a horror film and fell in love. However, being a struggling single mom meant getting an education and day job. After taking a hiatus from the entertainment industry to complete her undergraduate (BA in English Literature), graduate (Master of Education), and post-graduate (PhD in Education) degrees, Farmer enjoyed a successful career in education administration and had several academic articles published. Nevertheless, her heart would eventually take her back into the modeling and film industries in 2015, where she rekindled a passion for the arts of acting, FX makeup, producing, and eventually writing/directing.
Once Farmer had finished her PhD in Education in 2018, it was time to make a decision about how to use it. Her business partner and husband John D. Farmer encouraged her to write a screenplay and experiment with putting it into production as a producer and director, a dream she had always had but never dared to accomplish. She no longer had any excuses not to try. Eager to use her newly acquired skills in strategic management, project management, psychology, education, and mentoring, Farmer agreed and went on to write, direct, and produce various shorts, which were award-winning.
2019 marked a pivotal turning point for Farmer when she decided to write a feature-length screenplay, which in her mind was the logical next step after creating short films. In November of 2019, she wrote City of Salt (2019) in five days while traveling for her day job at the time. Based on medieval morality plays and Greek tragedies, Farmer’s aim with City of Salt was to address sociocultural issues in Salt Lake City, Utah, and beyond through unbiased narrative to catalyze dialogue and impact positive change. Her poem Pyrama and Thisbe (2010), which was modeled after the aforementioned ancient writing periods and was written during a medieval studies course, provided an ideal and timeless frame to express the plight (but also the complex beauty) of the human condition.
Principal photography for City of Salt began in March of 2019 and ended in July of 2019. Before production even began, City of Salt garnered interest, hype, press, and a massive following, which continued throughout the production and helped to spread awareness about the film and its themes. Through her production company Zepstone Media, Farmer's ultimate goal is to provide mentorship to a generation of future filmmakers and to catalyze a love and passion for socially impacting films.
---Full List of Awards and Festivals:
---Awards: *Audience Choice Runner Up *Best Behind the Scenes *Audience Choice *Best of SLC (Finalist) *Best Use of Prop *Best Special FX *Best Behind the Scenes *Best Sound Design *Semi-Finalist Made in Utah *Semi-Finalist Budget Under $500 *Finalist Best Sound Design *Official Selection
---Festivals: *Cannes Film Festival *Red Giant Film Festival *48 Hour Film Festival *48 Hour Film OUT Festival *Damn These Heels *LGBTQ Film Festival/Pride of Southern Utah *Genderevolution/ Utah Pride Center *The Block Logan Film Festival *Utah Film Festival and Awards