Back To The Garden
In 1988, Seattle filmmaker Kevin Tomlinson interviewed a group of back-to-the-land ”hippies” who had isolated themselves from mainstream culture by living off-grid in rural Washington State, practicing peace and love. In 2006, Tomlinson returned to their community to learn what had become of their utopian dreams. He talked again with the original interviewees, as well as their children, to determine how living this alternative lifestyle actually played out. Back to the Garden is an extremely poignant time-lapse view of these idealists, told with moving personal stories. It offers profound insights into one of the most iconic social movements of our time, speaking to all of us who grew up in the 60s or were affected by the counterculture of those days. The non-conformist lifestyles of these aging hippies and their now-thriving families – all firmly insulated from global economic shocks — today looks ahead of its time and wiser than ever.
Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Tiny is a documentary about home, and how we find it. The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. Featuring homes stripped down to their essentials, exploring the owners’ stories and the design innovations that make the houses work, the film raises questions about good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream. That dream for some may focus on flexibility, financial freedom, and quality of life over quantity of space. Tiny is a coming-of-age story for a generation that is more connected, yet less tied-down than ever, and for a society redefining its priorities in the face of a changing financial and environmental climate. More than anything, the film invites its viewers to dream big and imagine living small.
Running time: 62 minutes
Show Time Start: 7:00 p.m.