Ready for the big screen
By Jennifer M. Latzke
“In a world, where farms stretch for miles, one woman braved it all for fame and glory….This is…‘Latzke’s Song.’”
It’s a question that we toss around parties with friends. If you could have someone play you in a documentary about your life, whom would you choose?
My answer? Melissa McCarthy, or Meryl Streep, if she’s not available.
And, I always add that I’d like Sam Elliott to narrate.
Movies have been on my mind lately. The Oscars earlier this month wrapped up a long awards season of red carpet interviews and photo galleries of stars. Also, there are a couple of farm documentaries that are set for release dates here this year that are getting quite a buzz online and among my circle of farm bloggers. There was even a short clip shown of one movie at a meeting I recently attended that is extremely promising for its potential to invite the public into our daily lives here in farm country.
That’s right. There are multiple documentaries being nationally released soon that cover aspects of agriculture and farming. Some even have strong Hollywood pedigrees with creative people attached who have won awards for their work and have reputations for excellence.
Sure, you might wonder just what exactly about agriculture is entertaining enough for a Documentary Feature. Some of you might even say farming and ranching isn’t interesting enough for a Documentary Short Subject.
But you’re wrong.
Think about it. Every day we all make big and little decisions that add up in the call sheets of our lives.
This morning you probably got up, put on your work clothes and poured a thermos of coffee and headed out to the shop or the barn to start your chores. You likely didn’t have to fight traffic. You’re your own boss and your own master of your destiny.
Maybe you fired up some big machine and started prepping equipment for spring planting. Maybe you welded a part for a piece of equipment. Or maybe you helped deliver a calf out in the cold barn and watched as it took its first breath. These are all activities we take for granted—we might even complain about them and their inconvenience.
But to a mother who’s hungry for information and for reassurances that her family’s food is produced by good people with good intentions, those moments are remarkable.
And you are red-carpet-worthy stars in her eyes.
Jennifer M. Latzke can be reached at 620-227-1807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.