Director: Jonathan Berman Cast: Peter Coyote, Elsa Marley, Michael Tierra


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In 1968 members of San Francisco's Mime Troupe and Digger Movement decided to separate from society and form their own community, known as the Black Bear Ranch, to reconnect with nature and experience a different way of life. At the turn of the new century the resilient counterculture settlement was still active at the base of majestic Mount Shasta, and filmmaker Jonathan Berman traveled to the eighty-acre tract to explore just how the Black Bear Ranch continues to thrive despite the concerns of their suspicious neighbors and the ever-present eyes of the F.B.I. Life is lived at a different pace at the Black Bear Ranch, and now, as nostalgic members of the commune openly discuss just how life in the community has changed over the years, outsiders can finally see precisely how the bold social experiment has continued to defy all predictions regarding its longevity.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2007
UPC: 0720229912839
Original Release: 2005
Rating: NR
Source: First Run Features
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:18:00
Sales rank: 36,494

Special Features

Black Bear Family Album & History; Extended Peter Coyote interview; Uncensored - The "Bare Truth" of Communal Living; Secret FBI File on Black Bear Ranch; Filmmaker's biography; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Coyote Participant
Elsa Marley Participant
Michael Tierra Participant
Richard Marley Participant
Creek Hanauer Participant
Cedar Seegar Participant
Martin Linhart Participant
Peter Leaf Participant
Osha Neumann Participant
Kenori Oleari Participant
Catherine Guerra Participant
Geba Greenberg Participant
Tesilya Hanauer Participant
Allegra Bucker Participant
Aaron Marley Participant
Gridley Wright Participant
Amir Bey Participant
Andy (From Haight-Ashbury) Participant
Andy Getz Participant
Sharon Participant
Beavers Participant
Dameru Participant
Don Munkrud Participant
Efrem Korngold Participant
Gail Ericson Participant
Harriet Beinfield Participant
Hoss Bennett Participant
Earl Participant
Indira Participant
Orion Participant
Karuna Participant
Kish Bear Participant
Larry Bacon Participant
Larry the Barber Participant
Les Harding Participant
Mahaj Participant
Cedar Participant
Maitri Participant
Malcolm Participant
Susan Participant
Monkey Participant
Andy Myeba Participant
Natek Participant
Nieves Hageier Participant
Petey Brucker Participant
Rachel Newmann Participant
Sara Participant
Rex Participant
Shem Participant
Natasha Participant
Ethan Participant
Erica Participant
Shilo Participant
Tortuga Participant
Wakan Participant
Yeshi Neumann Participant

Technical Credits
Jonathan Berman Director,Camera Operator,Producer,Screenwriter
Christopher Barnett Sound/Sound Designer
Larry Blume Producer
Tamas Bojtor Cinematographer
Peter Broderick Consultant/advisor
Rob Daly Sound Editor
Alan Deutsch Camera Operator
Christian Ettinger Producer
Richard Fairbanks Sound Editor
Zed Frick Co-producer
Zach Kinney Animator
Jonathan Miller Producer
Timothy Miller Consultant/advisor
Glenfield Payne Sound Editor
Paul Rabin Production Manager
Elliot Sharp Score Composer
Bob Shew Producer
Marisa Simpson Editor
Brian Keith Tanz Producer
Michael Taylor Editor
Rob VanAlkemade Camera Operator

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Commune
1. Free Land for Free People [7:06]
2. Black Bear Ranch [10:18]
3. Women at the Ranch [6:10]
4. There for Something [12:40]
5. Exploring Each Other [7:09]
6. Children of the Ranch [12:28]
7. The Arrival of Shiva Liva [9:55]
8. Group Ownership Forever [3:42]
9. We Circle Around [3:08]
10. Here and Now [5:17]

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