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American Commune

Rena Mundo Croshere, Nadine Mundo
USA 2013 / 90’

This one farm was the largest alternative community in the history of the hippy movement. Founded by Stephen Gaskin, it was a utopia, a place whose residents took vows of poverty and rejected the consumer lifestyle, the idea of money, and the West’s fascination with technology. In 1970, hundreds of young idealists set out from San Francisco in search of a new promised land. They found it in Tennessee. Over the course of several years, the commune’s population tripled, and the residents harnessed solar energy, produced soy milk, and established a functioning school, laundry, and maternity ward. Things stayed that way right up until the 1980s, when crisis struck: the commune was hit by poverty and endured raids by the FBI in search of marijuana growers. The Mundo sisters spent their childhood at the commune. Until they were 13 years old, they had never eaten meat, did not know the scent of perfume, and had not seen a woman in makeup or a clean-shaven man. At the same time that the crisis was hitting the commune, their parents’ relationship was also falling apart. The girls ended up in California, where their hippy roots were completely supplanted. American Commune is a return to their childhood, a confrontation with the past, and an attempt to trace the history of this legendary place.  

Ewa Szabłowska

Rena Mundo Croshere, Nadine Mundo

Mundo Films is run by a sister duo who work as a team, writing, producing, directing, and editing their films together. Rena was an assistant to Michael Moore on the television series The Awful Truth, while Nadine produced Time of Death for Showtime. They have been working with MTV for many years, including on My Life, When I Was 17 and True Life. American Commune is their feature-length debut.

Filmography

2013 Amerykańska komuna / American Commune

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director Rena Mundo Croshere, Nadine Mundo
screenplay Rena Mundo Croshere
editing Nadine Mundo, Michael Levine
music Lucas Revolution
producer Rena Mundo Croshere, Nadine Mundo
production Mundo Films
sales Filmstransit
language English
colouration colour