Covenant: a film about farm animals (and us)

43 minutes, in English, color, 2012

Following the Virtual Pasture project, Covenant was filmed over three years at farmsteads and agricultural fairs throughout Ohio. In it, we hear the voices of farmers reflecting upon the nature and economy of keeping livestock; while through it, a narrated poem calls our attention to the anxieties and challenges of the human/farm animal bond.


This glimpse of a 4-H livestock competition at the 2011 Wayne County Fair in Wooster, Ohio, features music by guitarist and composer Bill Frisell; and is made of out-takes from the film, Covenant.

Related articles and writings
Covenant: A Q&A with Artist Michael Mercil, Edible Columbus.
Covenant Film Notes, Wexner Center for the Arts.
Covenant Film Shows Farmers Care,