Barry Corbin and Mackinlee Waddell star in “Farmer of the Year,” an independent feature film that will be screened Feb. 22-24 at the Criterion Theatre. PHOTO COURTESY OF YELLOW HOUSE FILMS

Film features family road trip, discoveries

BAR HARBOR — “Farmer of the Year,” a feature film by the Vermont husband and wife team of Kathy Swanson and Vince O’Connell, will be screened Feb. 22-24 at the Criterion Theatre.

“Shot largely in Swanson’s Minnesota hometown (pop. 1,100) and at the farm on which she grew up, the film tells the story of an aging farmer who, after selling the farm he’s worked for over 60 years, finds himself useless and adrift,” a press release said.

“Struggling to maintain his youth, he road-trips across the country in a ’73 Winnebago with his equally directionless and unreasonably self-confident granddaughter. Heading west, they find themselves in seemingly impossible situations with only each other for support. As their journey and relationship progress, they begin to understand and appreciate each other as individuals while discovering that being young and being old aren’t all that different. The film is a deceptively simple look — presented lightly and with humor — at aging, transitions, loss, family and staying young.”

The film stars Emmy-nominated Barry Corbin (“Northern Exposure,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Urban Cowboy,” “War Games”), Mackinlee Waddell (“Good Christian Belles”) and Terry Kiser (“Weekend at Bernie’s”).

“We are really excited to show the film in Bar Harbor. It’s been our favorite fall vacation spot for years,” Swanson said. “New England audiences have really been appreciating and enjoying [the film], and with Maine’s ‘s rugged independent spirit, it will genuinely resonate with viewers.”

“Farmer of the Year” has won Audience Choice awards at the Minneapolis St. Paul, Sedona and Woods Hole International Film Festivals.

Screenings at the Criterion are set for Friday, Feb 22 and Saturday, Feb 23 at 7 p.m. with a matinee Sunday, Feb 24 at 3 p.m.

Contact 288-0829.

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