On a bitter cold night, in a field in somewhere in the middle of Mississippi, a man and woman struggle to save their tomato plants from a late spring frost.

Hold on… we are in the middle of LA! In fact, this was an reenactment of Eudora Welty’s depression era short story here at the urban homestead. For a night back in February the backyard micro farm was transformed into an authentic looking furrowed field of tomatoes — thanks to the ingenuity of Farmer D which made the scene such a success.

Friday night, we urban homesteaders went to see the final product of the USC film students’ work on their short 5 min film. Everyone who was a part of the film was on hand, nervous with anticipation to see how long hours of hard work turned out on the big screen.

I hope you’ll like how the film turned out. We had a great time at your place and the film is so much better from your help and advice- I cannot even begin to thank you enough. Everyone is so impressed with the web article that Anais wrote, as well. Thank you, thank you for everything. – Cathy

Thank you, Cathy, for that note. The film was amazing, everyone – the score was perfect, the scenes kept one riveted to the characters and plot! The actors (especially Jill when she had to give back their horse) did a wonderful job at portraying the hardship of this couple struggling with making ends meet. Jordanne and I loved the period outfits – Jill looked so lovely in her homespun dress and Serge looked like a farmer with overalls.

uscfilm-frost.jpgTop: Thaine, Jill, Cathy, Nadia, Serge Bottom: us, with Cathy, who sweetly said “ya’ll are my family for the night”

Afterwards, the wonderful film students, Cathy and Nadia (both Southern Gals!), thanked all who were involved (including our family) and said that without our help and backyard garden, the scene with the tomatoes (which was a vital part of the film) would not have worked out.

The final production even had a scene with Jill, the actress, picking tomatoes from the “monster 12 ft tomato” that was still growing in February. It was a pretty artistic shot to see Jill’s head poke through the vines. Also, what was especially interesting to see was the night scene of the couple running out and stripping off their clothes to cover the tomatoes, which took hours (and hours) to film here on the urban homestead. On screen Friday night, it lasted just a few seconds – but the action and pace were “picture perfect.”

It was a great opportunity for our family to see the final product, especially since Farmer D put in a lot of effort transforming the unique backyard micro farm to fit the mood and feel of the period piece.

It was a pleasure working with everyone and are happy for all that the film was a such a success.

Good luck with your next projects. Ya’ll come back now, ya hear!

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  1. Chuck Owens says:

    Way to go Cathy! Looks like you found the perfect cast and crew for your film. Sorry we could not be there for the premier. Love Julie, Elissa and Chuck

  2. Joan Pierson says:

    Great job, Cathy! I’d love to see a copy-bring to Delaware!

  3. Mom and Dad says:

    Great job! Keep it up! Love, Mom

  4. Aunt Patricia says says:

    Cathy, Good job. It must of been alot of hard work but alot of fun at the same time. Aunt Patricia

  5. John Maletta says:

    Reviewed the web site and the article. Excellent work.
    Looking forward to seeing more.

    Uncle John

  6. John Maletta says:

    I reviewed the web site and article. Excellent work, Cathy. Looking forward to seeing more.


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