Earthwork (2011)




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EARTHWORK is the true story of real-life crop artist Stan Herd (played by Oscar nominee and Spirit Award Winner for "Winter's Bone" John Hawkes, in his first starring role), told through a single episode of his life. In 1994, Stan traveled from Kansas to New York City and risked everything to create a massive environmental artwork on land owned by Donald Trump. The multi-acre piece was made from soil, rock, plants and vegetation near an underground railway tunnel. Stan recruited a number of … More

Rating: PG (for thematic elements, smoking and mild language)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Ordal
In Theaters:
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as Stan Herd

as Jan Herd

as Lone Wolf

as El-Trac
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Critic Reviews for Earthwork

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

The story has dramatic reversals, humor, suspense and plenty of colorful, eccentric characters.

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

"Earthwork" takes an unexpected swerve but one that adds layers of meaning and emotion to a film that is as beautiful and wrenching as it is unassuming.

Full Review… | May 19, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Character actor John Hawkes, his rural demeanor tailor-made for hick pics, breaks through typecasting stereotypes in his nuanced portrayal of crop artist Stan Herd in Chris Ordal's ambitious Earthwork.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011
Top Critic

John Hawkes brings a laconic soulfulness to this ultra-low-key, only mildly involving tale of artistic pursuit.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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Directed, written and produced by Chris Ordal, "Earthwork" is best left to TV.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011
New York Post
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Earthwork's narrative follows too-familiar templates, and its characters lack the careful detail of Herd's own art.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Earthwork

I loved this movie!! John Hawkes is great; the visuals are stirring; and the story is captivating. Artists of all stripes (and those who appreciate art!!) will truly connect with this film. Must see!!!!

Matthew Hoy

I saw the movie Friday evening and loved it. True stories are especially inspiring and this one made me want to let the world know of Stan Herd and his earthworks. All the actors were perfect for their roles.

Ali Bachand

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