Brunswick is a film about landscape change, told through the personal story of a farmer's lifelong connection to his now-threatened land. The film weaves together the plight of Sanford Bonesteel, an aging farmer in his 90's, with the dynamics of small-town politics as a residential development is planned on Sanford's former land. The film takes place in Brunswick, New York, a small country town facing the challenge of balancing economic growth with the preservation of its rural character. It is a story both specific to Brunswick and yet recognizable to rural communities all over the United States.
"Brunswick is a stirring and illuminating film. It celebrates the deep bonds between rural landscapes and the families that have long farmed and lived in them. At the same time, it documents the startling fragility of such regions, and the urgent need for community-based planning and conservation if we are to save them from being obliterated by sprawl."
-John Elder, author, Reading the Mountains of Home
"Brunswick balances a tale of real estate, greed, and betrayal with a passionate call for sustainability and humanity. In the best traditions of documentary form, Brunswick goes deep and personal while keeping an eye on the big picture issues of democracy, land-use, and community activism. Not to be missed."
-Jim de Seve, director, Tying the Knot
Brunswick is available to stream online for $5 at:
DVD's of Brunswick are available for $15 and CD’s of Matthew Carefully’s Brunswick soundtrack can also be purchased for $10 by contacting Nate. They can be purchased together as a package for $20.
For information on Matthew Carefully, the Brunswick soundtrack, and Matthew's other music, check out: