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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.


Chris Ordal


Chris Ordal
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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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A tractor his brush. The crops his paint. New York City his canvas. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, smoking and mild language

Did You Know?


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 »


Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.18 (2011) See more »

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9 March 2011 | by Jayhawk13310See all my reviews

Like anyone on IMDb, I'm a movie lover. I see a lot of movies, so it takes a very good film for me to take the time to write a glowing review on IMDb. I was fortunate enough to see it at the Austin Film Festival and I loved it. It opened my eyes to an artist and story that I had never heard of. Earthwork is a beautifully crafted indie that I hope breaks out when it is released in late April. It's one those movies that sort of sneaks up on you and days or weeks later you think about certain shots of Stan Herd's crop art, the opening title sequence and the heartbreaking story and you think...damn...that was a good movie. Big ups to the director Chris Ordal and the whole crew for representing Kansas in a big way! Ordal definitely has a bright future in the film industry. He doesn't beat you over the head with flashy shots and camera moves like most debut directors...he tells the story like it should be told and he lets the actors act. Kudos

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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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