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ABOUT THE FARMER

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The Farmer is a story about a burned out detective with a painful past who, after arriving at a grizzly murder scene, must embark on a journey to catch a mysterious killer. The film opens by revealing high tension between the protagonist (Eunice Ortega) and her partner (Fernando Ramirez). We also see, through an interaction with Eunice’s “Abuela,” that Eunice has lost a baby in the past, and that her husband is not longer present, though we’re not given a full explanation of what happened to him. Eunice has been “burning the candle at both ends.” She is overworked, stressed out, and has very little personal life to speak of. After visiting the new, grizzly murder scene, the police chief (“Chief Baca”) expresses his concern that Eunice is burned out and needs to step back from her work, but Eunice convinces him that she should stay on the case.


As Eunice and Ramirez investigate the mysterious case, in which pregnant women are dying from apparently self-inflicted wounds and their infants are disappearing, they find a pattern in the killings that defies reality. The more they listen to witness accounts and look at the forensic evidence, the less it adds up. A single flower left at the crime scene is their only lead, so they follow it. The truth they discover is more bizarre than the even the evidence suggests, and Eunice is pushed to make a difficult decision in order to save the only real family she has at all costs.

 
 

Director

SHERWIN LAU

Sherwin Lau is an award-winning filmmaker and educator based in New Mexico. Since 2006, he has worked on feature films, documentaries, commercials, and music videos and has collaborated with filmmakers all around the world.  He has worked for clients such as Warner Brothers Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Fueled By Ramen, Blackmagic Design, Crush, and Gypsy City Music.


In addition to his filmmaking career, he teaches undergraduate courses as an assistant professor at the Creative Media Institute at New Mexico State University.