A nationally-known film concerned with the plight of dairy farming in rural Maine will be shown in several towns and cities in Oxford, Franklin and Androscoggin counties, and other venues throughout the state in the next few weeks.

Betting the Farm” tells the story of a group of dairy farmers who were dropped by their national milk company, H. P. Hood, and launched their own company, MOO Milk. MOO stands for Maine’s Own Organic.

The documentary, which debuted at the Camden Film Festival this summer and is supported by the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, focuses on three dairy farms: Edmunds in Washington County, Mapleton in Aroostook County and Clinton in Kennebec County.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center in Woodstock. From Route 26, turn onto Lakeside Road and go about half a mile and look for signs after the railroad tracks.

The film will be shown at 2, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at The Narrow Gauge Cinemas, 15 Front St., in Farmington.

Amy Scott of the Bethel area Local Food Connection and Boondocks Buying Club, said via email that the film is one of several food-related movies that have been shown or will be shown in the area.

According to the news release issued by the filmmaker, more than three years has been devoted to following the progress of the farmers’ new enterprise. The film grew from a series of short films shown on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.


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