Doug Armknecht is a cartographer by trade, but when he married into a Kansas family farm, he was committed to helping out however he could.
Since 2012, one of the ways he’s contributed is by filming the harvest and cutting together a highlight video. It was fun to do, he says, and also a way to show a glimpse of farm life to people outside of the agriculture industry.
Some of the videos have garnered hundreds of thousands of YouTube views, and for the past couple of years, Armknecht has even worked with the local movie theater to show his work on the big screen.
“It is nice to see it with an audience,” he says. “I admit I get a little jaded editing the film for so long, so it was nice to see the seasons pass at the beginning on the big screen and hear the music swell and think, ‘Wow, this is pretty special!’”
In a few weeks, Armknecht’s film is headed to the East Coast as part of the New York City Drone Film Festival.
“The NYCDFF is the first and best drone festival, so it's great to be a part of it,” he says. “It's also very competitive – only 32 out of nearly 400 films were accepted this year.”
But you don’t have to go to New York City to see the video for yourself. The 2016 harvest, along with several others, are archived on YouTube. (NYCDFF will play a shortened version of this video narrated by Armknecht's father-in-law, Jhan LaRosh.)
Armknecht thinks this video is the first time farming has been featured at NYCDFF. For more information, visit nycdronefilmfestival.com.