Documentary producer, Conrad Weaver of Emmitsburg, Maryland is bringing his film, The Great American Wheat Harvest to it’s Tulsa debut at the Circle Cinema on September 26. The film will be shown daily Sept 26 through Oct. 2.
Weaver produced the documentary over the past four years on a journey of more than 100,000 miles, including several areas of Oklahoma. “The Great American Wheat Harvest is a compelling story that few people know about. It’s a story about agriculture, and about the process of harvesting that helps get our food from the field to the table,” Weaver explains. The film is sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and the Wheat Breeding program at OSU is featured in the film.
The film features five harvesting families and crews who travel from Texas across the western plains, through Oklahoma all the way to the Canadian border each year harvesting wheat. “At first I thought it would be a film about big farm machinery and beautiful landscapes – and those things are there – but it’s really a story about people.”
The harvesting families, including the Miseners of Elk City, OK, have become some of Weaver’s best friends, and the film explains how they take incredible financial risks most people wouldn’t dream of taking, in order to make a living. The work they do enables the rest of us to have food on our tables. During the 2013 harvest season they faced frost, drought, storms, and the challenges of living life on the road; all of this is documented in the film.
The Great American Wheat Harvest had it’s national Premiere at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC on National Ag Day in March, and has since been screening in theaters and special events around the country. According to Weaver, thousands of people have already seen the film and the response is overwhelmingly positive. Weaver says he hopes people will have a better understanding of where their food comes from and what it takes to get a loaf of bread to the table.
Weaver is releasing a DVD and Blu-ray disc in October that will contain the feature film, as well as many extra features not seen in the film. For more information about the film, or to pre-order a DVD or Blu-ray, visit http://www.GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com.
View a trailer of the film below.