Presented By:Christopher LaMarca
The last decade has given us a wave of exceptional experiential documentaries, films with an aesthetic sensibility perfectly matched to their subject and their geography; films that prioritize sensory information and emotional immediacy over conventional storytelling or structure. Boone, which situates us palpably in an Oregon farm that keeps goats and harvests a wide variety of agriculture, ranks alongside the very best of these films.
We meet the three farmers of Boone by standing, kneeling, and running alongside them as they work the land, care for animals, react to extreme weather, and contemplate the future of a business that demands 24-hours-a-day toil. As the film progresses, we slowly glean information about the relationships between these farmers, their outlooks on life, and the new government regulations that strike at the core of their business’ sustainability. Gradually and organically, their profound connections to animals and the land become something we feel deeply as well.
Somehow channeling both the serene beauty of films like Sweetgrass (2009) and Shunka (MDFF 2011) and the visceral strife and elemental dissonance of Leviathan (MDFF 2013), Boone is a documentary at once transportive and meditative. Sit down and enjoy a very special film, one of the most intimate and affecting works I’ve seen exploring human beings’ deeply entwined relationships to animals, season, and soil. (Eric Allen Hatch)Director Bio
Christopher LaMarca is a director and cinematographer. He premiered two films in 2016. His other film, The Pearl, executive produced by Impact Partners, recently debuted at True/False Film Fest. He was named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2014 and is a Sundance Institute Edit and Story Lab film fellow.