Soul of a Farmer, the new award-winning documentary from First Run Features and Richard Sherman, will have its streaming premiere Tuesday, October 19. The film follows Patty Gentry, a former professional chef struggling to earn a living on her organic Early Girl Farm, the three acres of Long Island property she rents from actress Isabella Rossellini. The trailer for Soul of a Farmer can be found below.
Rossellini calls Gentry the “Picasso of vegetables,” adding the former chef turned organic farmer reminds her of her own mother, the famed actress Ingrid Bergman, because the two women share the same “energy.” Gentry is such a perfectionist, tossing aside produce other farmers would sell, Rossellini says she lives off the discarded vegetables that don’t meet her exacting standards.
The 35-minute film quickly tosses aside the romantic perception of running a farm, noting there are no days off for Gentry and many of her all-women crew.
“There’s a three-week period in the summertime where you have so many tomatoes, I used to call myself a tomato pimp.”
Her partner and wife, Jennifer Lasker, provides support for Gentry.
“If I didn’t have Jen, I would probably still be farming but I would most likely be living out of the back of my truck,” Gentry admits in the film.
In addition to Rossellini, Soul of a Farmer features appearances from Esquire Chef of the Year Missy Robbins, and chefs Anita Lo of Anisa and Mary Attea of The Musket Room among other culinary notables.
The film is executive produced by Andrew Mer and Dorothy Kalins, while Roger Sherman receives credits as director, producer, cinematographer, and editor. Sherman has won an Emmy, Peabody, and James Beard Award for his past work, along with two Academy Award nominations.
The Soul of a Farmer begins streaming Tuesday, October 19, on Apple TV, iTunes, and Vimeo. You can watch the official trailer for The Soul of a Farmer below.