Reviews and Festivals
"A pleasant film to watch, with lovely images of animal flocks and herds and maize fields, and the portrait of John is warm and sympathetic...The film can be used in methodology courses dealing with fieldwork and research dissemination, as a good base for discussion on issues of identification, reflexivity and outsider/insider issues in analysis and representation."
— Professor Gudrun Dahl, Anthropology Book Forum
"Unabashedly exposes Big Ag as the toxic business model it is...Constructs bridges that can reach all people and communities on the universal values of the beauty of nature, the basic yet complex importance of food, and the protection of our children."
— Headwaters Magazine
"The Bullish Farmer is a thought-provoking profile of one farmer who found value and passion in feeding his local community through traditional farming methods: crop rotation, no pesticides, and giving animals lots of room to graze. Recommended."
— Video Librarian
"John Boy's ideas on food and farming are what we live by, and we buy his products daily...The Bullish Farmer tells the powerful story of this local hero who deserves followers around the world!"
— Academy Award Nominees Lena Olin and Lasse Hallstrom
"One of the world's most inspiring and life-affirming films...the magnificent story of a Wall Street 'Bull' who has transformed his life into one epitomizing Kaiser Permanente's commitment to enhance healthy living."
— Kaiser Permanente
"Passionate, but still keeping his sense of humor, John's inspirational crusade proves that one man can truly make a difference."
"Awakens the deep connection inside our souls through incredible shots of farm life. Through the eyes of director Ken Marsolais we are shown the real deal with John "Boy" Ubaldo, a former successful Wall Street investment banker turned farmer who realized his methods of farming are not accepted...The quiet, yet firm tone throughout the film matches Ubaldo's unwavering tenacity...You see how he and other rural farmers are tackling the influence of Big Ag one day at a time."
— Newport Beach Indy
"With the beauty of rural upstate New York farmland as a backdrop, The Bullish Farmer offers a knowledgeable immersion in small-scale farming, and raises crucial questions about the ethics of what the government and the agriculture industry are asking us to accept as nutritious food for our families."
— Michael Milius, The Bedford-Pound Ridge Record-ReviewWINNER
NYC Indie Fest, Best Sound Design
Golden Door International Film Festival, Best Documentary
Jersey Shore Film Festival, Best Documentary
Cinequest, Kaiser Permanente Thrive Award
Queens World Film Festival, Best Director Documentary Feature
Accolade Global Film Competition, Award of Merit
Impact Docs Awards, Award of Merit
IndieFEST, Award of Merit
Telly Awards, Award of Merit OFFICIAL SELECTION
Berkshire International Film Festival
Buffalo Niagra International Film Festival
Docs Without Borders Film Festival
Connecticut Film Fest 52
Hoboken International Film Festival
Indy Film Fest
Kansas City Film Fest
Macon Film Festival
Martha’s Vineyard Environmental Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Fest
United Nations Association Film Festival
Peekskill Film Festival
Port Townsend Film Festival
Erie International Film Festival
Woodshole Film Festival
Boston Film Festival
Woodstock Museum Film Festival
Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival
Chautauqua International Film Festival
Sedona International Film Festival
Roswell Film Festival
New York City Independent Film Festival
Golden Door International Film Festival
Jersey Shore Film Festival
Queens World Film Festival