“Seasons with Brian and Julia” documents a full year of farming seasons in an intimate portrait of one family’s struggle as a small Virginia farm and how their experience relates to the larger sustainable farming movement. From the bitter cold of January with snow on the ground, to the intense heat of summer, we see the physical demands of tending to pastured chickens and turkeys, and the endless planning and prep work that must be done as they go through winter and get ready for spring. There’s a greenhouse to be built, seeds to be planted, baby chicks to be ordered, farm auctions, and a CSA website to get up and running.Previous Next
“Seasons with Brian and Julia” was filmed primarily in rural Mathews County on the Middle Peninsula of Virginia by filmmaker Robert Griffith. Griffith was able to capture and convey from Brian and Julia the challenging lives they lead in their own environment. As the documentary portrays, the uncertainty of their livelihood is emotional, and Griffith worked intensely with the couple for a full year to fully capture the story of their lives as small farmers season by season.
Other filming locations include urban and suburban farms in New York City, NY, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, VA.
This film has been made possible in part with funding from:
*For more detailed information about "Seasons with Brian and Julia" please download the full press kit PDF.
On the set of the film "Lillian" 1989
Robert Griffith and son Max at Virginia Film Festival 1988
On location of documentary "6574" I
On location of documentary "6574" II
Robert, on film location
Robert on location the Chesapeake Bay, VA
Robert, interview on set of documentary "Voices"
Robert, on documentary location Elk Hill
Robert Griffith is an international award-winning filmmaker who has been telling stories on film and video for more than thirty years. His early training and experience was as a documentary news cameraman for national networks NBC and CBS, which led to his forming Griffith Films as an independent filmmaker, creating films and television commercials for regional and national clients.
For the last decade, Griffith has concentrated on producing long-format documentaries focusing on a variety of compelling social issues. His latest recognition was being awarded the 2009 Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts, in the category of Film. Griffith's most recent documentary is "Voices of Hope and Recovery" which is currently being viewed worldwide.