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A documentary on the Black Bear Ranch Commune, an alternative living community founded in 1968 in the remote North Californian wilderness.

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Mahaj Seeger ...
Herself - Black Bear Resident
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Cedar Seeger ...
Himself - Black Bear Resident
Mel Kramer ...
Himself - Local Resident
Elsa Marley ...
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Michael Tierra ...
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Richard Marley ...
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Larry Bacon ...
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Hoss Bennett ...
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Creek Hanauer ...
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Harriet Beinfeld ...
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Martin Linhart ...
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Peter Leaf ...
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Osha Neumann ...
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In the late 1960s, a few free thinkers cobbled together donations, primarily from Hollywood, to buy 80 acres at the end of a dirt road in Siskiyou County, California: Big Bear Ranch, a commune with the motto "free land for free people." Archival footage, photographs, documents and news articles, and interviews with people who lived or still live there tell the commune's history: the cold first winter, women and men doing the same work, communal decision making, emerging environmental politics, free love and family formation, child rearing and memories of growing up there, a late 70's crisis with a cult-like group that moved in, and assessment by those grown old of what Big Bear meant. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Intelligent, even handed look at life in a 60s/70s commune
29 June 2012 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Interesting, insightful look at the Black Bear Ranch Commune, one of the many alternative living situations people explored in the late 60s and early 70s.

By interviewing a diverse number of members, it gives what feels like a pretty accurate non- biased view of both the strengths and weaknesses, intelligence and stupidity, bravery and cowardice, generosity and selfishness, openness and didacticism that went into this rag tag bunch trying to show the world there was another way to live then simply as 'consumers' or 'employees'.

Actor Peter Coyote, who was a member, is particularly articulate about the goals, the successes and the failures. The film also has a sense of humor, which helps. Not a life changing documentary, but certainly an interesting one.


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