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The doc tells the story of Cody Diekhoff, aka Chicago Farmer - a folk singer from a small town that moved to the big city of Chicago.

About the Documentary

Chicago Farmer is a documentary chronicling the life of modern folk musician Cody Diekhoff, also known as Chicago Farmer. Cody grew up in a small town with no traffic lights called Delavan, IL, then moved to the big city of Chicago to pursue his dreams. He sings about small towns, big cities, and everywhere in between. The film tells his story through songs and interviews -- back and forth all over Illinois. Chicago Farmer aims to capture the spirit of this unique voice in modern folk music.

The documentary has been shot and edited, but still needs funds for sound design and color correction. The sound design will optimize the quality of music and interviews, and the color correction will enhance the already beautiful images. This funding will enable the documentary to sound and look as good as possible.  

Funds are also needed for dvd mastering, and if possible subtitles for the hearing impaired.

Please Note

The more money we raise, the better the rewards will be as well. If enough money is raised, we will be able to afford actual packaging and cover art for the products on the right. If not, some of the rewards will be in a more basic form -- burned cds and dvds instead of packaged materials you would find in a store. Their content will essentially be the same regardless. 

About Chicago Farmer

Cody Diekhoff is the Chicago Farmer. Cody is a folk singer's folk singer and a poet's poet. He was born and bred in Delavan, IL, surrounded by farms and the endless skies of the American Midwest. Before moving to Chicago in 2003, Cody tried his hand at sessions in Nashville and carefully hewed and tested his art in college town bars and honky-tonks around the Midwest. He now plays regularly in the city and throughout central Illinois, and it's not uncommon to see whole rooms full of strangers erupt and sing along to the choruses of his songs on their first listen. Cody's voice is powerful and gritty, emotionally piercing while subtly imbuing additional layers of meaning and poignancy in his lyrical delivery. His song-writing is deeply rooted in the American Folk tradition and all of its grit, but with a post-Dylan sense of wit and perspicacity.

Every folk singer has to migrate to the city, in a way it seems to be hidden in definition of a folk singer anymore. Cody has come to remind Chicago that it is in Illinois. And to remind the rest of the world that when Louis Armstrong redefined, some say invented the art of Jazz in the 1920s, he brought his Hot Fives to Chicago to do it. When Robert Johnson wanted to put his Mississippi Mud on wax, his hellhound chased him to Chicago to do it. And same like, Cody has come to Chicago to deliver what it needs, when it isn't even sure itself.

bio courtesy of http://www.chicagofarmer.com/

What else can we do?

The ultimate goal of this film is to give the gift of Chicago Farmer to the rest of the world. Cody is an immensely talented, largely unknown artist (outside Chicago and his touring circles) that should be shared with everyone. 

That being said, even if you do not have the ability to donate, there are still many ways in which you can help:

Visit and "like" our Facebook page

Visit and "like" our YouTube page

Share a link to this page on your Facebook or Twitter accounts

See Chicago Farmer live

Tell everyone you know!

How Kickstarter works

If we do not reach our goal, we do not get any funds and all donations are cancelled. That is why all donations are helpful and spreading the word is integral. Also, Kickstarter gets a small portion of whatever is raised. Thanks!



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