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A Lot in Common

A community garden grows community as well as food, flowers and consciousness.


A printer-friendly version of this page 76 minutes
Produced by Rick Bacigalupi





"A work filled with grace and artistry that goes right to the heart." Amy Blackstone, artist
Meet the neighbors: Grandpa Roosevelt and his grandson, Joan the single mom, Ruthe the psychic, and Amy the metal sculptor. They all have "A Lot in Common" when together they turn a vacant lot in Berkeley, CA into a blooming community garden full of lush native California vegetation, eco-friendly technology demonstrations, and outdoor artwork by local artists. They clash over political ideals, runaway pets and public art, yet in the end, they grow a community of neighbors.

Interviews with urban planning visionary Jane Jacobs, PBS reporter/author Ray Suarez, environmentalist Paul Hawken, and Urban Habitat co-founder Carl Anthony, lend context and background to the discussion of the Commons. Landscape architect/psychologist Karl Linn who envisioned and orchestrated the creation of the gardens, provides on-going commentary.



Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2003     Copyright Date: 2003
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-443-5     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-981-9




Reviews
"A wonderful tribute to the visionary landscape architect Karl Linn and the energetic, creative community gardeners in Berkeley...An exciting learning resource."
Ellen Kirby, president, American Community Gardening Association

"A well-crafted, humanistic documentary that kept me thoroughly engaged!"
Danny McGuire, executive producer, KQED-TV

"For people interested in constructing a community garden, A Lot In Common offers an overview of some of the work involved and the challenges that can arise. Recommended."
Marianne Foley, Educational Media Reviews Online

"A convincing argument for what Linn calls 'neighborhood commons' as well as a poignant story about friendship and community-building, with all the challenges and sweetness that implies."
San Francisco Chronicle

"Stunning images, captivating story,...a work filled with grace and artistry that goes right to the heart."
Amy Blackstone, artist

"Wonderful, touching, funny, and inspirational...it speaks to the very nature of why many of us think that community gardening brings people together in the best of ways."
Beebo Turman, Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative

"Brilliant...inspired!"
Adam Honigman, Clinton Community Garden, New York City

"It's not just about a community garden in Berkeley, it's about the human community everywhere."
Terence M. O'Driscoll, Station Manager, WNYE

"Highly recommended."
The Midwest Book Review


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Links
A Lot in Common web site


Awards and Festivals
Best of Festival Award - Documentary, Berkeley Video & Film Festival
First Place, EarthVision Enviromental Film Festival
Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Vermont International Film Festival
East Lansing Film Festival

Subjects
American Studies
Anthropology
Community
Environment
Gardening
Recreation
Urban Studies
Urban and Regional Planning
Western US


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A Lot in Common (Short Version)
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Reclaiming Community
Communities in Toronto and Oakland take back and revitalize public spaces.

Ways We Live
New models of community living and building in the US and Canada are featured.

Garden Song
Portrait of Alan Chadwick, inventor of the Biodynamic French Intensive Method of gardening.

Beyond Organic
A model of community supported agriculture in the midst of suburban sprawl.

Global Gardener
Permaculture helps people turn wastelands into food forests.

Cultivating Change
Garden tour that proves that growing food can be an avenue to social change.

Food
Devising a sustainable food system -- one that is healthy, accessible, and affordable.

A Crack in the Pavement
2-part series on how greening school grounds improves not only the school, but the surrounding community.

Planet Neighborhood
The latest in energy saving technology and good design.

Livable Landscapes
How growth and sprawl affect the quality of life in New England, and some possible solutions.

Save Our Land, Save Our Towns
Examines the causes and effects of -- and then remedies for -- suburban sprawl.


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