Farm film set in SD, Minn. playing in Aberdeen

Kelda J.L. Pharris

The scenery might look a bit familiar in a flick soon to show at Capitol Cinema.

The same could be said for the fictional story. “Farmer of the Year” is about an aging farmer with no farm and his granddaughter living her own story of transition.

The film is set mostly on a Minnesota farm with glimpses of the Interstate 90 corridor and a long sequence is set in the Corn Palace in Mitchell, according to a news release from the film’s production company, YellowHouse Films.

“My dad is in his 80s, and we went back early. We lived with him for five months before we shot. That was great in itself,” writer Kathy Swanson said by phone last week. “It’s fun to show it in South Dakota.”

The feature-length film stars Barry Corbin (“Northern Exposure,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Urban Cowboy,” “War Games”), Mackinlee Waddell (“Good Christian Belles”) and Terry Kiser (“Weekend at Bernie’s”). It is directed and produce by Swanson and her and husband, Vince O’Connell. The Tyler, Minn., farm where some of the film was shot was where Swanson grew up.

Kathy Swanson and Vince O’Connell on the red carpet at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival. The film opens in Aberdeen Friday.

“One scene has a mailman, and it’s the real mailman. One scene has a guy mowing the cemetery, and it’s the guy that really mows the cemetery,” Swanson said.

Showings of the film are Friday through March 7 at 7 p.m. nightly at Capitol Cinema, 415 S. Main St. There’s a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

The film has shown at several festivals, winning audience choice awards at the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Sedona (Ariz.) and Woods Hole International Film Festivals, according to the release.

Barry Corbin and Mackinlee Waddell star in "Farmer of the Year," the award-winning independent feature film screening at the Capitol Cinema starting Friday. Courtesy photo

  • Showing:Friday through March 7 at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.; Capitol Cinema, 415 S. Main St.
  • Directors: Kathy Swanson and Vince O'Connell.
  • Producers:Vince O'Connell and Kathy Swanson.
  • Writer:Kathy Swanson.
  • Starring: Barry Corbin, Mackinlee Waddell and Terry Kiser.