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A film by Jonathan Berman

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In 1968, two hippies hiking near Mt. Shasta in Northern California stumbled across an unlikely property for sale: an abandoned goldmine and surrounding land, 300 acres for $22,000. Fueled by contributions from the Doors, the Monkees, Frank Zappa and others, they bought the property and named it Black Bear Ranch. It quickly became the prototypical 1960s commune, with the motto “Free Land for Free People.”

Utopian communities have always been a part of the United States, but in the 60’s and 70’s their audacious goal was to reshape the world with free love and common property – creating a revolutionary movement that would spread to the rest of society. But utopia is different for each person, and these experiments often brought strife, jealousy and sometimes even endangered lives.

Featuring interviews with several Black Bear alumni, including actor/activist Peter Coyote, alongside a wealth of photographs and home movies, this acclaimed documentary offers a candid look into the joys and difficulties of free love, nude farming, survival in the wilderness, multiple-parent childrearing and other fascinating aspects of communal living.

What the Critics are Saying

"The fascinating spectacle of observing people then and now." - The New York Times

"A great record of the grand ‘60s!" - Bay Area Reporter

"Revealing... a small-scale revolution that succeeded almost in spite of itself!" - Seattle Times

"Captivating! A quintessential ‘60s phenomenon." - New York Post

"Extraordinary! Stands out for its ambiguity, honesty and sheer human clarity." -

"Buck!" - New York Post

"Remarkably candid and clear-eyed!" - Utne Reader

"A trip!" - New York Daily News

Features and Specifications

Bonus materials:
  • Black Bear Family Album & History
  • Extended Peter Coyote Interview
  • Uncensored – The “Bare Truth” of Communal Living
  • Secret FBI File on Black Bear Ranch
  • Filmmakers Biography
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailer Gallery

Format: DVD
Release Year :2006
Running Time: 78 minutes
Color: Color & B/W
Language: English

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