Dan Pfau Joins the Cast
We are excited to announce that Dan Pfau will be joining our cast in the second lead role opposite Meryl Williams Thacher. Dan will be playing the dangerously charismatic Daniel, who uproots his life from the city with his girlfriend Rachel to his family’s ranch in Northern California. They try their hands at farming, but much to his dismay Rachel is even more out of her element than he is.
Dan is an incredibly intelligent actor with whom we share a long history, having studying closely together at NYU’s Atlantic Theater Company. We anticipate he will bring beautiful and unpredictable depth to our film.
Dan Pfau holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he trained at David Mamet and William H. Macy’s Atlantic Theater Company. He was most recently seen in the comedy web-series he created and stars in, Therapy, which was featured on Funny or Die.
And for some Friday inspiration, here is a passage from Kristin Kimball’s The Dirty Life, a wonderfully rendered memoir about a city journalist who falls in love with a farmer and moves off the grid with him to grow their own food:
“But why, oh, why, does passion always spawn conflict? As the farm began to take form, Mark and I argued fiercely over everything. We discovered that we had different desires, different fears, different visions for the farm. We were both way too stubborn. We lost whole precious daylight hours fighting over how to build a pig fence or whether the horses should spend the night in or out. ‘But farming is my art,’ he would say finally, when we were both thoroughly frustrated and close to tears. That seemed ridiculously pretentious to me at first. How much farther from art could we be, sweating and wallowing in the dirt like this? Later, after I’d been on many different farms and met many different farmers, I had to concede this point. A farm is a form of expression, a physical manifestation of the inner life of its farmers. The farm will reveal who you are, whether you like it or not. That’s art. As a trump card, though, it was still junk. If this farm was art, then it was going to have to be a collaboration between equals.”
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