BAAM at The Gem Presents Underdog and Q&A with Filmmaker Tommy Hyde
- Tue, Mar 5
Midnight weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnight)!
Run Time: 82 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 2023
Tuesday, March 5th
Doors @ 5pm, Film @ 6pm followed by a Q&A with filmmaker, Tommy Hyde.
Doug Butler is a hardscrabble Vermont dairy farmer with an offbeat passion—dog mushing.
A local folk hero, Doug trains his team of mutts on the family farm with a dream to compete at the world dog mushing championships in Alaska. But the demands of being a small-scale family farmer in a changing world are constant. Keenly aware of the fate of the other family farms that used to dot the landscape, Doug has managed for years to play one creditor off against the next to survive another season. But with the debt now insurmountable and Doug’s thoughts plunging into depression, his dogs offer solace…and perhaps a way out.
On a cold March morning Doug pulls out of his driveway in a rusted-out truck carrying 22 dogs, bound for Alaska. The journey will prepare him for what he’ll confront when he gets back: the sale of his farm and a race to craft a new destiny.
To find out more about the film and filmmakers, please visit their website: HERE
“Tommy Hyde’s heartwarming documentary traces the life of an aging Vermont dairy farmer. Hyde’s subtlety as a filmmaker, along with the fabulous, eccentric central figure, bring to mind David Lynch’s The Straight Story. Both films are remarkable for how seemingly unremarkable they are. Stick with it, and the film’s subliminal power will sneak up on you.”–Alex Saveliev, Film Threat.
Filmmaker Tommy Hyde Bio: Tommy Hyde is a documentary filmmaker whose work explores people and stories at the fringes of society. Underdog, a film ten years in the making, is his directorial debut. He frequently collaborates with Mosaic Films, and is currently in production on two docu-series with them as a producer and writer. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and resides in Burlington, VT.
Tickets are Pay What You Can and support future BAAM at The Gem Programming.