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Following Sean (2005)

Unrated | | Documentary | 13 January 2006 (USA)
Thirty years, three generations, and a lifetime later, award-winning filmmaker Ralph Arlyck returns to San Francisco in search of Sean, the boy who was the subject of his controversy-sparking 1969 documentary.

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Ralph Arlyck

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Ralph Arlyck

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Ralph Arlyck Ralph Arlyck ... Narrator (voice)
Sean Farrell Sean Farrell ... Himself
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Thirty years, three generations, and a lifetime later, award-winning filmmaker Ralph Arlyck returns to San Francisco in search of Sean, the boy who was the subject of his controversy-sparking 1969 documentary.

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Never Die Young
Written by Lori McKenna
Performed by Lori McKenna, Richard Shindell, Kris Delmhorst, Brad Hatfield,
& Mike Rivard
From "Pieces of Me"
Courtesy of Signature Sounds Recordings
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Compelling and Delightful!
17 November 2005 | by LMorlandSee all my reviews

I saw _Following Sean_ this week in Paris with a friend who lived in San Francisco during the 60s, and we both loved the film. The documentarian's work is prodigious -- we were constantly amazed by the continuous progression of time: just when we thought we'd seen the latest of Sean and his family, another, more recent, slice of their lives emerged on screen. The documentarian wove the story of his own family into the film, and while at first I found the digressions slightly annoying (Sean and his family are so compelling that one wants to see more of them), at the end I decided his decision was correct, and that the study of three generations of his own family deepened the impact of the film.

I highly recommend this documentary to anyone interested in sociology, social psychology (especially concerning the effects of 60's freedom-loving childraising on their children), McCarthyism, the effects of aging, and in general the history of the United States over the last 50 years. Anyone who lived in Berkeley or San Francisco in the 60s or 70s will be fascinated! I was shocked to realize that _Following Sean_ has, apparently, not been screened yet in the Untied States. A distributor must be found!


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