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Chauncey -Theater 1 Mon, Feb 26 7:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Vino Vérité
Film Info
Director:Tommy Hyde
Featuring:Doug Butler
Runtime:82 minutes
Rating:Not Rated
Year Released:2021
Production Country:USA


Presented by Bread Garden MarketLittle Village, and FilmScene

DIALOGUE: Filmmaker Aaron Woolf in person

Monday, February 26, 7pm

Veteran filmmaker Aaron Woolf and first-time director Tommy Hyde bring us this "curiously optimistic tale" of a dairy farmer chasing a life-long sled dog racing dream.

Beero Bérité is a special event in the Vino Vérité tradition, featuring a filmmaker in person to present a thought-provoking verite film paired with locally-brewed Reunion Brewing suds courtesy of Bread Garden Market.

Tickets: $15 public / $12 members / $10 students. Includes beer sampling, film, snacks and filmmaker reception.

6:30 Snacks and beer sampling
7:00 Screening
8:45 Filmmaker Q&A

"It would be difficult to overstate just how good of a subject Doug Butler is." Film School Radio

"A truly heartfelt documentary offering up heaping doses of melancholy and joy."Quelle

"Hyde’s subtlety as a filmmaker, along with the fabulous, eccentric central figure — Doug Butler — 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." Film Threat


Doug Butler is a hardscrabble Vermont dairy farmer who risks losing the only home he's ever known to chase his dreams of dog mushing in Alaska.

Filmed over a decade, with vérité intimacy, Hyde and Woolf paint a portrait of a farmer who takes great joy in his relationships with animals and people. But, the demands of being a small-scale family farmer are constant, and Doug's dreams are pulling him to new destinations.

Having never once left his cows for more than a few days in his working life, Doug puts his farm in the rear view of his rusted pick-up, chasing adventure before its too late.


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 with them on The Happening (in production) and Ordinary Saints (in production). He is a graduate of Middlebury College and resides in Burlington, VT.

Aaron Woolf is a Rockie, Logie and Peabody award-winning documentary filmmaker who tells stories that depict the human dimension of government policy. His work, including Iowa favorite King Corn, has been released theatrically in the US, Europe and Japan and broadcast on PBS, the Sundance Channel, and numerous international networks including RAI, ARTE, and SBS. Aaron is active in community and conservation efforts in New York’s Adirondack North Country, and in 2014 he was the Democratic nominee for Congress from New York’s 21st district.

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