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PBS Premiere: July 9, 2002


Welcome to the American Midwest, land of corn, and visionary farmers like Milford Beeghly. Beginning in the 1930s, Beeghly’s company ‘Beeghly’s Best Hybrids’ led the charge for hybrid corn against the concerns of farmers and others who didn’t understand the revolution in agriculture that was coming. But the cost of Beeghly’s obsession with corn took its toll on his family. Made by Beeghly’s grandson, Hybrid is unlike any other film you’ve ever seen as it combines interviews, archival footage, original animation and a rare dry wit to create a meditative portrait of the decidedly odd Beeghly, and the rich Iowa farmland that inspired him to attempt something great.

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Film Information

Hybrid (80 min.)

Premiere Date: July 9, 2002

Streaming Dates: Expired

Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Monteith McCollum Bio | Interview


Monteith McCollum
Monteith McCollum

Making films is a great way to learn about a variety of issues and people that one might not ordinarily have the excuse to. Other art forms like music and painting play an important roll in my filmmaking.”

— Monteith McCollum, Filmmaker


Critical Acclaim

Monteith McCollum's documentary feature Hybrid is an acquired taste but worth the effort. It's a film that rejects storytelling convention and delivers a precise look at its subject, a rough-hewn farmer named Milford Beeghly and his determination to cross-breed varieties of corn.”

— Elvis Mitchell,
The New York Times

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