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“What a profound result by a couple young filmmakers who were working on a shoestring budget.”
Rufus Woods, editor and publisher, The Wenatchee World

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The idea for "Broken Limbs" was conceived by filmmakers Guy Evans and Jamie Howell in the summer of 2001. Evans, a freelance videographer, and Howell, a freelance writer, found themselves living back in the Wenatchee Valley where much of their childhoods had been spent, but the Valley was much changed. The orchards that had surrounded them as young men were fast disappearing.

In April 2002, Evans and Howell presented a three-minute trailer built around a poem Evans had written about the struggles of local farmers at a works-in-progress workshop at the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival in Leavenworth, Wash. The enthusiastic response to the trailer convinced the two novice filmmakers to officially launch their project.

What followed was a two-year journey of discovery, conducting interviews with farmers, economists and academics as they labored to understand the philosophical underpinnings of a concept called sustainable agriculture and how it might be applied in their own hometown.

The resulting 58-minute video takes viewers on a hometown journey through the global issues facing America’s small farmers, with Evans in the starring role as he discovers a new breed of farmer, and a new hope for the future of agriculture.

Broken Limbs debuted in October 2003 in front of a capacity crowd at their local Wenatchee Valley College. The DVD released in 2004 was picked up for distribution by Bullfrog Films (www.bullfrogfilms.com). The documentary saw broadcast on PBS stations around the Northwest and in California and was subsequently nominated for two Northwest Emmy awards.