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Earthwork (2009)

PG | | Drama | 20 May 2011 (USA)
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The story of real-life crop artist Stan Herd. In 1994, Stan risked everything and traveled from Kansas to New York City to create a massive environmental artwork on land owned by Donald Trump.


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Credited cast:
John Hawkes ... Stan Herd
Bruce MacVittie ... Peter B Kaplan
Chris Bachand Chris Bachand ... Ryan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Allegrucci Scott Allegrucci ... Andy Weiss
Bob Augelli Bob Augelli ... Uninterested patron
Everett Dexter Everett Dexter ... DeWayne Herd
Tecia Esposito Tecia Esposito ... Kaplan's cool chick
Brendon Glad Brendon Glad ... Cage
Sam Greenlee Sam Greenlee ... El-Trac
Zach Grenier ... Mayor
Matthew Hensley Matthew Hensley ... News Produer
Jackson Hoy Jackson Hoy ... Young Stan Herd
Keaton Hoy Keaton Hoy ... Evan Herd
Dragan Ilich Dragan Ilich ... Rental Rep.
Ed Kershen Ed Kershen ... Delivery Man


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, smoking and mild language

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In the opening scene of the film on his fathers farm the barn seen is a machine shed used by the Kirk family in Eastern Kansas. See more »


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A good movie about an artist and his art.
10 June 2010 | by an_imalSee all my reviews

This is an excellent film about art and the artist. In this case, Stan Herd, a man compelled to make temporary works of art from mother nature using plants, rocks, timber, and his remarkable vision. The best parts of the film are John Hawkes as Stan Herd and the actual earthwork art. The supporting cast have many great moments. I would rate it higher if the art made more appearances during the movie, because they are awe inspiring.

The set they recreated of the graffiti wall and grassy lot - looked identical to the original location footage in New York City. I would never have known it was shot in Kansas. There were times when the movie felt boxed in, because the filmmakers were limited to shooting in one direction - at the wall set piece.

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20 May 2011 (USA) See more »

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Lawrence, Kansas, USA See more »


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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