About the Film

Home from three combat tours in Iraq, Alex Sutton forges a new identity as a farmer, hatching chicks and raising goats on 43 acres in rural North Carolina. Farmer/Veteran shows Alex diving into life on the farm with his new love Jessica, while the traumas of war linger on. MORE

The stories he tells about battlefield experiences become unmoored from reality as he cycles between states of heightened awareness and “feeling zombified” from a cocktail of prescriptions meant to keep him stable. For the viewer, as for Alex, what to believe about his past is uncertain as we learn more of his own complicated truths. The farm becomes a terrain to unearth what is buried, what it really means to be “the perfect soldier,” and where to find the way forward.  

The Filmmakers

Alix Blair (Director / Cinematographer / Associate Producer) is responsible for a diverse body of work exploring human rights and environmental issues through photography, film, and radio production. A recent graduate of the Master’s program at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and recipient of multiple fellowships, including one from the Duke Center for Human Rights, Blair documented the lives of women in southwestern Uganda for her Master’s work. Her audio story, The Last Morning Was a Sweet One, won a 2013 ShortDoc award from the Third Coast International Audio Festival. Farmer/Veteran is her first feature-length documentary.

Jeremy M. Lange (Director / Cinematographer) is a documentary and editorial still photographer whose past projects have focused on kidnappers for hire as well as on returning veterans and the profound effects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan upon their families. Past film and video work includes the Peabody Award-winning television show A Chef’s Life and the documentary film Private Violence, which won the Award for Human Rights at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Farmer/Veteran is the first feature film for Lange.

D.L. Anderson (Producer / Editor / Co-Director) is a partner and raconteur at Vittles, a small Southern consortium producing character-driven stories that explore complex social issues through the lens of food. An award-winning editorial still photographer, Anderson pivoted into film as a student at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Past work includes Mr. Percy’s Run, a profile of moonshine kingpin and avid foxhunter Percy Flowers, and Cook School, a behind-the-bars look at the only culinary program for prisoners in North Carolina. LESS

Film Credits

Directed by
Alix Blair
Jeremy M. Lange

Co-Directed by
D.L. Anderson

Cinematography by
Alix Blair
Jeremy M. Lange

Edited by
D.L. Anderson
Nyneve Laura Minnear

Produced by
D.L. Anderson
Mikel Barton

Executive Producers
Sally Jo Fifer
Lois Vossen

Supervising Producer for ITVS
Shana Swanson

Consulting Producer for ITVS
N’Jeri Eaton

Music by
Phil Cook

Music Editor / Additional Music by
Ari Picker

Production Sound
Alix Blair
Jeremy M. Lange
Brooke Darrah Shuman

Production Manager
Brooke Darrah Shuman

Producer of Marketing and Distribution
Ben Wiessner

Additional Editor
Eric Daniel Metzgar

Assistant Editor
Mikel Barton

Editorial Consultants
Heather Cortney
Elisabeth Haviland-James
Jonathan Oppenheim
Fiona Otway
Dr. Deborah Sebring
Aaron Wickenden

Art Director
Shaun Sundholm

Motion Designer
Timothy Chang

Web Developer
Tim Lytvinenko

Chris Hall

Sound Designer and Mixer
Willie Elias

Dialogue and Sound Effects Editor
Josh Bain

Offline Colorist
Steve Milligan
Sean Wells

Offline Sound Editor
Geoff Register
Mike Westbrook

Music Recording Facility
Sound Pure Studios

Outreach Development
Kim-Lan Grout
Kristin Henry
Sebastian Naskaris

Social Media Marketing
Victoria Bouloubasis
Cameo Edwards
Ali Rudel

Elizabeth Albrecht
Jennifer Morris

Legal Counsel
Julia German
Elsa Ramo

Clearance Counsel
Justine Jacob

Insurance Broker
Winnie Wong

Alex Sutton
Jessica Sutton
Emma Lewis
Gabrielle Lewis
Fred-Curtis Lewis
Khara Lewis
Caleb Watson
Diane Silberhorn
Ed Silberhorn
Stacey Connell King
Susie Jordan
General (R) Charles H. Swannack Jr.
Mike Dorman
Clara Lee Sutton
James Sutton

Stills Courtesy of
Alex Sutton
Jessica Sutton

Written by Flo Rida and T-Pain
Performed by Flo Rida
Courtesy of Atlantic Records

"How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You"
Written by Ashley Gorley and Bryan Simpson
Performed by James Taylor
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records

"Better than I used to be"
Written by Holland–Dozier–Holland
Performed by Tim McGraw
Courtesy of Curb Records

"Swing and Turn Jubilee”
Written by Marian Skein
Performed by Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Alice Gerrard and Amelia Meath
Public Domain

Special Thanks
Alicia Lange
Anna Mann
Ashley Christensen
Benny Bunting
Caitlin Bunch
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Chad Stevens
Cynthia Hill
Dr. Jennifer Anderson
Giorgios Bakatsias
Heather Cook
Independent Filmmaker Project
Jeff Polish
Joe Shroeder
Joy Sayers
Kavanah Anderson
Ken Rumble
KTQ Labs
Larry Kent
Madrianne Wong
Matt Kelley
Matt McCuen
Michael O’Gorman
Nate Darling
Rachel Raney
Rochelle Johnson
Shaena Mallett
Tammy Carwane

Fiscal Sponsor
Southern Documentary Fund

Funding Provided By
Chris Heavener
Eliza Kraft Olander
And others. A complete list available from PBS.

Farmer/Veteran is a co-production of Hissing Duck LLC and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

Farmer/Veteran is produced by Hissing Duck LLC, who is solely responsible for its content.

© 2016 Hissing Duck LLC. All rights reserved.

How do the challenges depicted in this film reflect what you've known about PTSD? Are you or is someone in your family a combat veteran? If so, how much have you or they shared about experiences and challenges of being a veteran? What else do you think we can or should be doing to help veterans like Alex?


  • Y'allywood Film Festival
    Best Feature
  • Charlotte Film Festival
    Best Documentary Feature
  • Brooklyn Film Festival
    Best Documentary Feature
  • Macon Film Festival
    Best Southern Documentary
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
    Best Stories of the South Award
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How do the challenges depicted in this film reflect what you've known about PTSD? Are you or is someone in your family a combat veteran? If so, how much have you or they shared about experiences and challenges of being a veteran? What else do you think we can or should be doing to help veterans like Alex?