BULLshot:McKenzie Hightower

JP: Killing dying cows and burning things seem to be somewhat cathartic for the dad-and-son team in this story. What does that say about human nature?

McKenzie Hightower: At first glance, these two events could certainly point to an innate need for violence that is wound up within our nature, but I see it quite differently within “Una Vida”. The killing of the cows and the burning of the bible are primarily cathartic—the releasing of pain that can only be verbalized through action—but it goes deeper than that. This circular path of destruction, emphasized by the mirroring of the scenes with the dying heifers, symbolizes the bleak reality at the heart of Farfield— that life is a dark repetitive journey, one that is only punctured by sparks of happiness that bind us to what little we already have even tighter. This truth makes each of these scenes instances of naked self-awareness that are, ultimately, some of the most painful moments within the narrative as well.

Una Vida

“He called her Lucy, after my Ma, on account of her eyes being big, round, and dyingContinue Reading

BULLshot: Ian Hilgendorf

“I think at one point or another almost everyone loves someone they shouldn’tContinue Reading

The Book of Joel

“I knew I wouldn’t make it in this world for two seconds if I didn’t have someone like him to look out for meContinue Reading

BULLshot: John Duncan Talbird

“But there’s always hope. Otherwise, every alcoholic would give birth to drunks, every abuser bring up future abusers.Continue Reading

Girls

I met your father, a simple man, and six years later you were born. We have no television because we’re here in the woods to experience the world. Continue Reading

BULLshot: Paul Vega

“no matter how “noble” his method of fishing, he is still killingContinue Reading

Kings

Those gnarled and arthritic hands, back now bowed like the hooked end of a gaffe, his dad once seemed like the most powerful man in the world.Continue Reading

BULLshot: Casey Pycior

“It’s like a person isn’t allowed to make a mistake any more, at least not publiclyContinue Reading

Plenty of Time, Yet

“Before I knew what I was doing, I chucked the banana. A lifetime of frustration with this team boiled over in that instantContinue Reading