HOMEGROWN – A documentary by Robert Mcfalls with music by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

Cleveland International Film Festival!

Screening dates are

Thursday, March 26th @ 2pm

and Sunday, March 29th @ 4:40pm

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Screening at Crossroads Film Festival

Crossroads Film Festival

in Jackson, Mississippi

Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm

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HOMEGROWN (52 min) By dawn, the interchange of the 134 Freeway and Interstate 210 is already starting to thrum with traffic. But only a hundred feet away, the Dervaes family has been up for hours. Their surprisingly tiny green oasis is a working farm right in the middle of Pasadena. Once seen as a nutty idea, the family homestead now produces three tons of organic produce a year. Jules and his adult children, Justin, Anaïs and Jordanne speak candidly about what shaped their family and their need for independence. We learn about Jules’ father, an oil executive with a green thumb, Jules’ adventures as a young man homesteading in New Zealand, and the sorrows and hardships their family has faced over the years, including divorce, lawsuits and a stint foraging for recyclable cans. We watch them wrestle with their quest to live a simple lifestyle even as their website, “Path To Freedom,” demands more attention from followers around the world. Originally set up to share farming tips, it now dangles tantalizing prospects of a financial windfall. But what would it mean to sell ad space on their website instead of getting their hands dirty? Would it change their way of life if they got used to easy money? And how will Jules’ children be able to buy their own homesteads and carry on in the future? There are no easy answers. But along the way, the Dervaes have grown stronger and found a tight knit community based on family, friends, good food, hard work, and the commitment to tread lightly upon the earth.

Director/Producer/Editor: Robert McFalls

HOMEGROWN is Robert’s directorial debut. He is a professional editor with almost twenty years experience in both film and television. While he has worked lately in series television, his first love is the documentary format. Early in his career he was an associate editor on “American Dream”, the Barbara Kopple documentary, which won the Academy Award in 1990. That experience helped him to see what a broad reach a well-crafted documentary could have. He recently edited a documentary feature on the Dalai Lama, which is now screening at festivals around the world.

Composers: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason are best known for their haunting composition Ashokan Farewell in Ken Burns’ hit PBS series “The Civil War”. The soundtrack won a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy. They’ve garnered legions of fans through their appearances on “Great Performances”, “A Prairie Home Companion”, their own public radio specials, and work on film soundtracks such as “Brother’s Keeper”, “Legends of the Fall”, and a host of Ken Burns documentaries.

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  1. Chiot's Run says:

    Yeah, close to home. I’ll have to plant a trip up to the big city to watch it.

  2. Chris says:

    You’ve worked hard on this site, you should advertise on it. It wouldn’t hurt to make some money off of your labor. I would love to see you and your kids get their own farms! Some one has to make it in these times! Go for it! We probably could use some good conections to farm supplies and the like, anyway! Thanks for everything. C

  3. beckyl says:

    When will this film be available for purchase? I can’t wait to view it!

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