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On Thursday, April 16th, 2015, at the Emerson Cultural Center, the Bozeman Doc Series presented the Montana premiere of the award-winning documentary Good Things Await.
This visually stunning film tells the story of Niels Stokholm, 80 years old and a passionate advocate of his own unique form of biodynamic farming. When Niels’ adamant stance against accepted practices puts him at odds with authorities, he faces a battle to see that his way of life will endure.
In 1975, Niels Stokholm decided to trade his job as a head of research for a career as a biodynamic farmer. It was the start of a new career with nature as his partner. His entire outlook on life is based on sustainability and living in harmony with and respectful of nature, and together with his wife Rita he produces ingredients for the best restaurants in Denmark. For Niels, the farm and his animals are not things that are limited to his lifetime. He has visions for future generations and hopes that the earth that he leaves behind is also arable over the next thousand years. But the couple’s way of farming is a thorn in the side of the authorities, who threaten to strip him of the right to have animals on the farm.
Phie Ambo has, for several years, followed Niels up close, and portrays the idealistic couple’s mission with rich and lyrical images, which capture the meditative mood in a universe where mother earth and the heavens and everything in between work together to create a healthy and sustainable future.
“Good Things Await is not your typical farm documentary. It is no exposé of the abuses of the industrial food industry, in the manner of Food, Inc and its descendants. Nor is it one of the adamant defenses of organic agriculture that are now unavoidable in documentary festival lineups. Rather, Phie Ambo‘s profile of farmer Niels Stokholm and his much-embattled biodynamic farm is more usefully restrained and spiritually attuned than anything else in the genre. Aided by a breathtaking score from Jóhann Jóhannsson, Ambo perfectly captures this uniquely spiritual approach to agriculture.” Daniel Walber, Nonfics
“Absorbing…inspiring… The lyrical lensing of [director] Ambo and [cinematographer] Maggie Olkuska, and the poetic cutting by Theis Schmidt, are taken to another level in combination with the renowned vocal group Theatre of Voices, singing Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s expressive choral works.” Variety
Good Things Await had its US premiere last month at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the films begins at 7:00. Tickets are available at the door or before the show at Cactus Records and Movie Lovers. Tickets are also available online at www.bozemandocseries.org, where you can buy 7 film punch cards, learn more about the series, and view trailers for upcoming films.