Locally-filmed movie, ‘Farmer of the Year’ racks up accolades

Tyler native Kathy Swanson’s independent feature film, “Farmer of the Year,” produced and directed with her life partner, Vince O’Connell, has been accumulating awards. Among others, the film received a Winner Audience Choice Award at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival Minnesota Made Film, First Runner Up Audience Choice Award at Sedona International Film Festival in Sedona, Ariz., and First Runner Up Audience Choice Award at Woods Hole Film Festival in Woods Hole, Mass.

Lead actor Barry Corbin won the Best Actor Award at Woods Hole and Best Actor at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival in California.

Swanson won an Emerging Director Award at the St. Louis International Film Festival.

The film has been shown at 82 theaters so far including cities such as Sandpoint, Idaho; Helena, Mont.; Montpelier, Vermont; Mitchell, South Dakota; Athens, Ohio; and Bar Harbor Maine.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Paradise Center for the Arts in downtown Faribault.

“Farmer of the Year” was formerly called “Hap and Ashley.” It was filmed in Marshall, Tyler and parts of South Dakota.

— Karin Elton

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