HOMEGROWN a film by Robert McFalls SCREENING

with Dervaes Family as special guest

WHEN: Tuesday, May 19 ( 7 PM – 9 PM)

WHERE: Matilija Jr High School Auditorium, Ojai CA 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai California 93023




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. MAY HAPPENINGS - OJAI to OC | Little Homestead in the City says:

    […] MAY 19 – Food For Thought hosts screening of Robert McFalls documentary HOMEGROWN ( 7 pm – 9 pm ) Matilija High School Auditorium in Ojai CA    Dervaes family will be there as special guests.  ADMISSION IS FREE […]

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