Richard Brick

Richard Brick

site by Geoffrey Booth
Last Stand Farmer
Last Stand Farmer Photo
Photo by Suzanne Opton

Produced by Silo Cinema, Inc. with the support of The Vermont Council on the Arts and The Vermont Council on the Humanities and Public Issues under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Filmed in Orange County, Vermont, featuring Kenneth and Helen O’Donnell and their draft horses, Last Stand Farmer is a documentary record, filmed through four seasons, of the life and philosophy of an elderly hill farmer and his struggle to keep his 19th century farm operation going. Soon after he viewed the finished film, Kenneth O’Donnell died; his widow sold the farm and moved away the following spring.

“Raises interesting questions about the present viability of small farms. Poignant, true, harsh picture. Gives a real sense of the dignity of the struggle. A beautifully photographed portrait of an intriguing couple, i.e., the farmer and his wife, who seem to be relaxed in front of the camera. Has authenticity, sensitivity, honesty, and restraint which are all appropriate to its theme.”
—Educational Film Library Association

Awards and Screenings

Letters from Vermont Schoolchildren

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Purchase a DVD of Last Stand Farmer, including many special features:

— individuals for $29.95

— libraries and museum for $49.95

— schools or colleges for $59.95

plus $3 for shipping and handling by sending your check to:

The Brick Company, Inc., P.O. Box 28 Chelsea, Vermont 05038

DVDs are sold subject to a limited license for non-commercial use, no admission may be charged; duplication, distribution or broadcast of any nature is strictly prohibited.

Oral History Archive

Approximately one hundred reel-to-reel 1/4″ audio tapes recorded of Kenneth O’Donnell in 1975-76 have been deposited with the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, Vermont. This oral history archive has been digitized through the hard work of Andy Kolovos, Ph.D., MLS, and is available on their website: