About two years ago, Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker James Moll called Throckmorton farmer Brad Bellah and asked him if he’d like to be in a film featuring 20 farmers and ranchers across the United States.
Bellah was skeptical at first, but after checking around, he decided to be a part of what ended up being the film “Farmland,” which is currently being shown in select theatres, including a one-time run at the National Theatre in Graham this Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m.
“I told them (the filmmakers) I’d think about it,” Bellah said. “Then I immediately got off the phone and called the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and I asked them what they knew about it. They said they thought it would be okay.”
After Bellah agreed, he was told by the filmmakers that he needed to send in a biography of him and his family, and he ended up being chosen to be in the film.
From April to July of 2013, the six-to-eight person film crew drove from Graham, where they were staying, to Throckmorton six times to film him in what amounted to roughly six hour shifts.
In Bellah’s own opinion, the documentary doesn’t have what he would consider an agenda, and is simply a straightforward view of what it’s like to be a farmer or rancher in America today.
“I went to the two big premiers, one in Washington D.C. and one in New York City,” Bellah said, adding that he’s also been to premiers in other cities, including Nashville and Austin. The film takes on some of the heaviest issues facing farmers and ranchers today, including GMOs (genetically-modified organisms), animal welfare and organic farming.
“I’ve seen it about 10 times, and I learn something new every time I watch it,” Bellah said.
Bellah added that he will also attend Thursday evening’s showing at the National Theatre in Graham, and will participate in a question and answer session following the presentation.
Farmland premiers at The National Theatre in Graham one time only on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids.