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  • Summary: In 1994, real-life crop artist Stan Herd traveled from Kansas to Manhattan's Upper West Side to create a massive environmental artwork on land owned by Donald Trump. The multi-acre artwork was made from soil, rock, plants and vegetation near an underground railway tunnel. Stan recruited a number of homeless individuals living in the tunnel to become his crew. Over the months it took to complete the earthwork, Stan dealt with a myriad of difficulties in bringing his unique, rural art form to an urban canvas and the many costs his art exacted upon his life. In the process, he unexpectedly encountered the true meaning of his art and it's ultimate, lasting rewards. (Shadow Distribution) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    May 19, 2011
    A flawless gem, a gentle yet ultimately ironic meditation on the power of art.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Apr 26, 2011
    Like Herd, the movie-which resists peeking above the horizon until its final, poignant skyline shot-strives for a connection with land and labor typically missing from depictions of urban life, and provides a timely model for finding value in lean circumstances and humble company.
  3. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Apr 29, 2011
    Writer/director Chris Ordal's debut feature is not a documentary nor is it precisely a biopic. Instead the drama captures the artist at a pivotal moment in time.
  4. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Apr 29, 2011
    These fleeting moments never quite overcome the sense that Earthwork's narrative follows too-familiar templates, and that its characters lack the careful detail of Herd's own art.
  5. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Apr 29, 2011
    Earthwork is best left to TV.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 28, 2011
    Oscar-nominee John Hawkes' convincing portrayal of real-life "crop artist" Stan Herd is the exceedingly quiet center of an exceedingly nonabrasive film that has all the dramatic energy of plants growing.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 28, 2011
    Imagine spending an afternoon watching a bunch of vagrants putter around on an abandoned city lot, and you've pretty much nailed the viewing experience of Earthwork, a painfully dull account of a year in the life of the Kansas crop artist Stan Herd.

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