On March 25th 2014, The Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film made its national debut in Washington, D.C. A crowd of about 250 people gathered at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on a snowy morning for a celebration of this film on National Ag Day; the film screening was an official part of the National Ag Day festivities.
The Great American Wheat Harvest tells the story of custom harvesters who travel from the heart of Texas to the Canadian Border, harvesting the wheat that feeds the world. The film was produced by award-winning Director and Producer, Conrad Weaver, President of Conjostudios, LLC.
All of the harvesting crews featured in the film were in attendance at the premiere, including two former Performance Magazine Cover stories, Jim Deibert (Spring 2011) and Jim & Tracy Zeorian (Fall 2013). Also on hand for the inaugural showing were many of the film's sponsors, including representatives from the USCHI (U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc.), John Deere and MacDon Industries Ltd.
After working on this project for nearly four years, Producer and Director, Conrad Weaver was relieved and excited to begin sharing his film with the world. “It’s thrilling to see so many people come out to view this film. It’s been such a huge project, and I’ve invested so much time, energy, and resources into it, so I’m excited that people want to see the finished product,” says Weaver.
Following the national premiere in Washington, DC, the film has been showing across the Midwest United States. The first public showing took place at the Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff, NE. The film also screened in Gettysburg, SD, Stillwater, OK, Colby, KS and to a sold-out theater in Lincoln, NE. Plans are being made to bring the film to Canada, and to many independent theaters and film festivals across North America.
Weaver comments, “The general public needs to see this film. Harvesters and farmers already know what goes on during harvest, and they are excited to see it, and we’re glad they came! But it’s the public who doesn't know or understand agriculture who’s the target audience we’re hoping to reach. We’ve already submitted it to several film festivals and theaters, and are looking for other venues to show it as well.”
After the film shows in theaters and makes its rounds at festivals, it will be released on DVD and Blu-ray which will contain footage, interviews, and extra content that does not appear in the film. Anyone wanting to pre-order a copy on DVD or Blu-ray can do that from the film’s web site: www.GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com.