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About the Film

Randy Lewis knows that losing his dairy business would mean losing his livelihood – his farm is limping along through an economy that has decimated most other family farms in Alamance County – but Randy is most worried about losing his way of life and ending a family heritage that has hosted nearly 50 years worth of barn dances. The farm is fragile, the band is old, the barn is beaten, and Randy, with no kids of his own and little faith the younger generation will pick up the pieces, is trying to save the dance.

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Show the short film in your library, community center, place of worship or favorite eatery! In the process you can join the discussion about the importance of local food and bring key leaders together to discuss innovations that would advance your local food system. Make your screening special by celebrating a chef that features local faire on their menu or a local farmer that encourages agrotourism.

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background photo by Shawn Rocco

Meet the Crew

Jason Arthurs

Director and Producer

Jason is a two-time North Carolina Photographer of the Year who began his career in newspapers but soon went on to direct the feature length film “Without a Fight” which premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2012. Jason’s love for creating images—both moving and still—is only superceded by his love for coffee, bourbon and open ocean sailing.
Ted Richardson

Director and Producer

Working as a full-time photojournalist for the past 14 years, Ted covered a variety of photo and multimedia assignments, including stories in Afghanistan, Mexico, Bosnia, Nepal, Cuba, and across the U.S. While these larger stories stand out, my career is best defined by smaller moments from daily life, by stories that reveal the lives of ordinary people in the community.
Randy Lewis

Farmer

Jason is a two-time North Carolina Photographer of the Year who began his career in newspapers but soon went on to direct the feature length film “Without a Fight” which premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2012. Jason’s love for creating images—both moving and still—is only superceded by his love for coffee, bourbon and open ocean sailing.
Jon Kasbe

Editor and Cinematographer

Jon is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. Documenting people started as an excuse to find new worlds. Jon quickly realized the power of the camera and a listening ear. The backstage pass into people, situations, and rare moments proved worthwhile. Sharing those images with the world created meaning.
Andrew P. Johnson

Graphics and Aerials

Andrew is a photojournalist and filmmaker currently based in Raleigh, N.C., having previously worked as a staff photographer for the Panama City News Herald from 2011-2014. Andrew’s work has been recognized by the South by Southwest Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Journalism 2.0 and College Photographer of the Year.

The Dairy

The Ran-Lew Dairy is a family owned and operated farm located in Eli Whitney, NC - south of Burlington in Alamance County. The dairy bottles fresh non-homogenized, old-fashioned cream top milk that ships every week direct to retailers and restaurants around the South. The dairy is one of the few producer/processor dairies in the state. The 70 cows on the farm spend the day roaming green pastures and are individually cared for by Randy Lewis, his family and employees. The dairy's milk is currently sold at Weaver St. Market in Chapel Hill as well as other locally owned markets.

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