Bullfrog Films
76 minutes
Grades 7-12, College, Adult

Produced by Rick Bacigalupi

DVD Purchase $79, Rent $45

US Release Date: 2003
Copyright Date: 2003
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-443-5
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-981-9

American Studies
Urban Studies
Urban and Regional Planning
Western US

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
A Lot in Common

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

"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.

Web Page: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/lot.html

"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

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