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Commune (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 26 July 2005 (USA)
A documentary on the Black Bear Ranch Commune, an alternative living community founded in 1968 in the remote North Californian wilderness.


Jonathan Berman


Jonathan Berman




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mahaj Seeger Mahaj Seeger ... Self - Black Bear Resident
Peter Coyote ... Self - Black Bear Resident
Cedar Seeger Cedar Seeger ... Self - Black Bear Resident
Mel Kramer Mel Kramer ... Self - Local Resident
Elsa Marley Elsa Marley ... Self - Black Bear Resident
Michael Tierra Michael Tierra ... Self - Black Bear Resident
Richard Marley Richard Marley ... Self - Black Bear Resident
Larry Bacon Larry Bacon ... Self - Public Defender
Hoss Bennett Hoss Bennett ... Self - Neighbor
Creek Hanauer Creek Hanauer ... Self - Black Bear Resident
Harriet Beinfeld Harriet Beinfeld ... Self - Black Bear Resident
Martin Linhart Martin Linhart ... Self - Black Bear Resident
Peter Leaf Peter Leaf ... Self - Black Bear Resident
Osha Neumann Osha Neumann ... Self - Black Bear Resident
Kenoli Oleari Kenoli Oleari ... Self - Black Bear Resident


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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Peace and love are only half the story.




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Sounds fascinating; unfortunately I'll never know
2 November 2009 | by onewallySee all my reviews

The comments for Commune make it sound like a very interesting film, one that I would be deeply interested in. Unfortunately, the producers didn't see fit to include closed captions for the hearing impaired and deaf. That leaves me and countless others like me, who depend on closed captions to follow a movie, completely out.

This is inexcusable for any film produced in the year 2005. In a world where all manner of handicaps and disabilities are accommodated, it's infuriating and ironic that the ever sanctimonious entertainment industry fails to demand that all productions and movie theaters be closed captioned.

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26 July 2005 (USA) See more »

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To koinovio See more »

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Albany, California, USA See more »


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Five Points Media See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.66 : 1
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