Vorführungstermin: Donnerstag, 13. August 2009, 16.45 Uhr (Hauptfilm) [VN23]
Themenschwerpunkt: Yes we can! — Obamas Amerika (4)
Englischer Titel: Back to the Garden, flower power comes full circle
Originaltitel: Back to the Garden, flower power comes full circle
Deutscher Titel: Zurück zum Garten: Flower Power ist wieder da
Herkunft: USA 2009
Laufzeit: 69 min.
Sprachfassung: Englische Originalfassung
Regie: Kevin Tomlinson
Produzent: Kevin Tomlinson
Schnitt: Tim Cash
Kamera: Kevin Tomlinson
Musik: Band of Annuals, Harvey Swanson and more...
Produktion: Heaven Scent Films, Seattle
URL Film-Homepage: http://backtothegardenfilm.com/
Premierenstatus: Internationale Premiere
Bisherige Aufführungen: Maui Film Festival, Hawaii, USA; Seattle International Film Festival, Washington, USA
Kurzinhalt: Die Ende der 1960er-Jahre pionierhaften Lebensstil-Reformen der Blumenkinder erscheinen bei derzeit immer näher kommenden Einschlägen des globalen Ökonomieversagens heute weiser als je zuvor: Fragen von Nachhaltigkeit, Überschaubarkeit von Lebenszusammenhängen, Kleinraum-Bewirtschaftung, Selbstverantwortung und Verantwortung des Einzelnen für Lebensgemeinschaften drängen als politische Forderungen wieder an die Oberfläche. Die von Kevin Tomlinson in den 1980er-Jahren filmisch eingefangenen „Überbleibsel“ dieser Lebensstil-Reformen in den USA waren damals, in den 80ern, doch recht randständig und rudimentär. Wie sich die Zeiten doch ändern...
Trailervideo: http://globians.blip.tv/file/2269227/ + http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3qq-hJs5FM
Englische Synopsis: Where have all the flowers gone? In 1988—twenty years after Woodstock—Seattle filmmaker Kevin Tomlinson asked himself that question. What he discovered back then, through in-depth interviews at a 4 day 'healing gathering' which drew 500 back to the land hippies, was that small counterculture communities of sixties dropouts were intact and surviving in the back country. In fact, they were thriving in the eighties, living off the rich, rural land of Washington state and refining sixties “hippie” concepts—completely independent of a culture that had all but forgotten and marginalized them. His footage sat untouched for 20 years. In 2008, in the tradition of 'Seven Up,' Tomlinson revived these old tapes and was deeply moved. What these outsiders were talking about in the eighties: sustainability, simplicity, family, love for the earth, self-reliance, and community responsibility—seemed to be blossoming with incredible force, 20 years later, into the mainstream. He decided to seek out his subjects again. The intimate and personal journey that followed offers profound, moving insights into one of the most iconic social movements of our time—and speaks to all of us. The pioneering lifestyles of these aging hippies and their now-thriving families, firmly insulated from global economic shocks, today looks wiser than ever.
Englische Werkbeschreibung: In the 60's, they were satirized and vilified for rejecting materialism and corporate culture, in the 70's, they stopped the war, started communes, urged back to the land and environmental sustainability, but by the 80's they had virtually disappeared from everyday life…. Then, the millenium turned, the economy fell apart and our presidential candidates began making global sustainability and climate change their life's work. When nothing in our 'standard operating proceedure' is working, it's those counterculture adherents that have something to tell us. So where have all the flower children gone? In 1988—nearly twenty years after Woodstock-Seattle filmmaker Kevin Tomlinson asked himself that question while interviewing a large group of back to the land hippies at a backcountry healing gathering in Washington State. He found that small embers of the greater counterculture communities of sixties dropouts were still intact and thriving contrary to popular belief and were raising families and refining their hippie idealism—independent of a mass culture that had marginalized and all but forgotten them. Doubtful about how seriously this would be received in ’88, His footage sat untouched for almost 20 years. In 2006, Tomlinson took another look. What these off-grid, Hippies were talking about in ‘88—sustainability, living a simpler life, love for the earth, questioning authority, self-reliance, and community responsibility—seemed to be blossoming with incredible force and coming full circle 20 years later as the impact of climate change, an unpopular war, shopping as patriotism and the green movement have come into the mainstream discussion. He set out to find his original subjects again. Had their radical ideals survived, had anyone gone mainstream? What about their children…how did they rebel against the rebel generation? The adventure that followed offers profound, moving insights into one of the most iconic social movements of our time—and speaks to all of us who grew up then or were affected by the sixties counterculture. The non-conformist lifestyles of these aging back to the landers and their now-thriving families, firmly insulated from global economic shocks, today looks ahead of its time and wiser than ever. But the film also seeks to find out…what price the dream?
Director's Bio: Kevin Tomlinson has been an independent Seattle-based producer, director and cinematographer for over 25 years. He has earned numerous Emmys & Tellys for his network news camerawork with NBC (Winter Olympics, Dateline, Today show, Nightly News) ABC (20/20) CBS, (48 hours, 60 minutes) PBS (McNeil/Lehrer, Bill Nye the Science Guy) as well as Discovery, Nickelodeon, Japanese TV (NHK, TV Ashahi) German TV (ZDF, Pro Sieben), Italy (RAI), and more. As a cinematographer, Tomlinson has shot documentaries and travel programs throughout Europe, Turkey, Morocco, Haiti, Peru, Sri Lanka, Siberia and India. Many shows have been broadcast nationally on the PBS series Rick Steves’ Europe, winning a golden Cine Eagle award (2001). He currently shoots documentary and corporate programs for Microsoft, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and non-profit organizations Bridges to Understanding and Interplast. Kevin has taught filmmaking at the Seattle Film Institute and 911 Media Arts teaching Digital Video and Documentary Production since 2004.
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