Film Fest at the Farm is an independent film festival at the height of the harvest, hosted at the home of renowned conservationists, Amy Goldman, & Cary Fowler. Over the River Farm is located in the heart of the Hudson Valley in Rhinebeck, New York.

This two-night event will feature screenings, talks, & installations from environmental filmmakers & artists, including esteemed participants Isabella Rossellini, Shelly Silver, Grahame Weinbren & Laura Parnes.


Night One - Friday, August 23rd, 2019

  • Untitled for Technically Sweet - a short film by Laura Parnes

  • Ilha: A day in the life of the small Brazilian island of Boipeba - a film by Daniel de la Calle

  • Parabola Q - a short film by Jonathan Ellis

  • Serpent - a short film by Liselot van der Heijden

  • Dystopia of a Jungle City & the Human of Nature - a four channel film by Carla Maldonado

Night Two - Saturday, August 24th, 2019

  • Selections from Mammas & Green Porno - a series of short films by Isabella Rossellini

  • Invisible I, II & III - a series of short films by Grahame Weinbren

  • Frog/Spider/Hand/Horse/House - a film by Shelly Silver

  • The Seed Vault - a film by Daniel Sherer

  • Sara’s Galapagos - a film by Sara Arno




  • 4:00pm - Guest Arrivals

  • 5:00pm - Cocktail Hour at the Koi Pond

  • 6:00pm - Garden Tour of the Far Garden

  • 7:00pm - Picnic Dinner in the Food Tent

  • 8:30pm - Film Screening

  • 10:00pm - Screening Ends

  • 11:00pm - Bonfire & DJs


  • 9:00am - Brunch in the Food Tent

  • 10:30am - Tie-dye Workshop at the Farmhouse

  • 12:00pm - Yoga in the Chill Tent

  • 1:00pm - Lunch in the Food Tent

  • 5:00pm - Cocktail Hour at Koi Pond

  • 6:00pm - Garden Tour of the Far Garden

  • 6:30pm - Orchard Tour of the Apple Orchard

  • 7:00pm - Picnic Dinner in the Food Tent

  • 8:00pm - Film Screening

  • 11:00pm - Bonfire & DJs


  • 9:00am - Farewell Brunch



You are welcome to arrive at the farm starting at four both Friday & Saturday. Prior to the screening, we invite guests to join Amy & Cary on a tour of the farm, to discover the various installation pieces developed on the property, & join us at 6PM for a picnic dinner in anticipation of the sunset when the screenings will begin!

There will be a variety of activities on the farm over the weekend including: yoga, swimming, games & a tie-dye workshop. Guests are encouraged to explore the property, but may want to head into town to experience Rhinebeck’s Dutchess County Fair.


Friday night will feature experimental & documentary works that bring light the vulnerability of nature at the hands of human impact. A two-channel short by Laura Parnes brings about the idea of the human relationship with climate change. In an immersive four-channel piece, Carla Maldonado brings us a portrait from her time spent in an indigenous community in the Amazon. An experimental journey into images of nature by Jonathan Ellis conjure ideas of gender fluidity against the backdrop of nature. We feel the captivity of a boxed snake with a short film by Liselot van der Heijden. In a longer form work, Daniel de la Calle shows a day in the life in a fishing village on a Brazilian island threatened by the dramatic change of development.

Saturday, the festival presents a film by Sara Arno, Sara’s Galapagos, an intimate portrayal of a cycle of a year on this farm, combining elements of performance art, time lapse, & vérité observation of her mother, heirloom expert, Amy Goldman Fowler. Daniel Sherer portrays Cary Fowler & the safe haven for the world’s agricultural genetic diversity in The Seed Vault. Grahame Weinbren brings us vignettes as time lapse portraits with themes of environment & nature. Shelly Silver observes the super-focused effort of all creatures toward the expression of vitality in her film. Isabella Rosselini brings us quips from her award-winning series of shorts, Green Porno & Mammas that offer comical & scientifically insightful studies of animal behavior.


You can find Over the River Farm a short 2 hour drive from NYC, if you’re driving, we will be providing parking on the farm. Guests may travel by the Amtrak train to Rhinecliff, where you can take a short taxi or uber from the station to the farm.

Please keep in mind that this is an outdoor festival, so being prepared with closed toed shoes, socks & layers to keep the bugs off will behoove you.



If you are interested in contributing more art to the festival, or volunteering, please email us at somadstudionyc@gmail.com -- looking at you, acoustic musicians!

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Film Fest at the Farm is produced by SoMad Studio, an SGA Production

Special thanks for the illustrations ©Abbie Zabar