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Earthwork (2009)

PG | | Drama | 20 May 2011 (USA)
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Stan Herd
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Peter B Kaplan
Chris Bachand ...
Ryan
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Andy Weiss
Bob Augelli ...
Uninterested patron
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DeWayne Herd
Tecia Esposito ...
Kaplan's cool chick
Brendon Glad ...
Cage
Sam Greenlee ...
El-Trac
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Matthew Hensley ...
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Young Stan Herd
Keaton Hoy ...
Evan Herd
Dragan Ilich ...
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In 1994, real-life crop artist Stan Herd traveled from Kansas to Manhattan's Upper West Side to create a massive environmental artwork on land owned by Donald Trump. The multi-acre artwork was made from soil, rock, plants and vegetation near an underground railway tunnel. Stan recruited a number of homeless individuals living in the tunnel to become his crew. Over the months it took to complete the earthwork, Stan dealt with a myriad of difficulties in bringing his unique, rural art form to an urban canvas and the many costs his art exacted upon his life. In the process, he unexpectedly encountered the true meaning of his art and it's ultimate, lasting rewards. Written by anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic elements, smoking and mild language
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The dog seen in the opening scene was actually unplanned but is a local resident of the Kirk ranch. He is a bird dog by the name of Boe. See more »

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earthwork
9 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was struck by the film story. The fragile nature of the actual earthwork process, the complete commitment to realizing the installation against all odds: a fraying marriage, rupturing finances, a lack of real community support both back in Kansas and then on the Upper West Side of Manhatten. It is David and Goliath, with David's currency dissipating like so much sand leaking from a bag into the wind. All this against the harsh glare of New York City, huge corporate interests, the fickleness of the national media - all carried on a story line about a vulnerable family dynamic, a profound message of hope and a poignancy about a vulnerable planet, the challenge of conveying a message of sustainability and an example of respecting the earth and all that it is asked to do for us. I was very moved by the film and feel it's message is very strong and hopeful and needs to be heard by a very broad audience.


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