Where is Utopia Of Southern California? A conversation with members of the Llano Del Rio Collective Members
Wednesday, May 28
To celebrate the Llano Del Rio Collective’s release of its newest free guide Utopias of SoCal members of the Llano Del Rio Collective will discuss their working concepts, and critical reflections upon, the practice of manufacturing ideal states. The conversation will take the form of a “Pecha Kucha, very brief presentations accompanied by images. Llano Del Rio Collective members planning to attend include: Lara Bank, John Burtle, Sandra de la Loza, Ken Ehrlich, Hector Gallegos, Robby Herbst, Kelly Marie Martin, Tom McKenzie, Janet Sarbanes, Erin Schneider, and Kimberly Varella.
Sounds For Another Tomorrow- a night of Utopian Music
Date Wednesday, June 25
Join us for a night of music performed by, for, and towards utopia. The evening will consist of three short programs put together by members of the Llano Del Rio Collective, Kelly Marie Martin, Erin Schneider.
Kelly Martin will share the Southern California Legacy of Woody Guthrie, leading a sing-a-long of music Guthrie composed while broadcasting from LA radio station KFVD.
John and Erin Schneider (father and daughter) will improvise on a retuned 19th century pump organ and adapted viola, to a slideshow of Robert Forrester’s chemical microphotography. These unique instruments and images allow for experimentation outside of standard musical tunings and perception.
Utopia, A Double Feature: Dear Comrade and The Source Family
Wednesday, July 23
Dear Comrade at 8:00
The Source Family at 9- 10:30
Join us for a double feature. Food will be had!
Dear Comrade (2012) 55 minutes, Mady Schutzman
Dear Comrade is a feature length, experimental essay film inspired by a significant moment in California’s ‘utopian’ history: the creation of Llano del Rio , one of California’s most successful secular cooperative colonies. The community was founded by renowned socialist Job Harriman in 1914. The primary focus of the film resides not so much in the past as in the musings, questions, courage, frustrations, fantasies, and labors of many before and after Llano who have assumed comparable struggles –- to forego economic and political security to craft an alternative society. The filmmaker stages surreal re-enactments of life at Llano performed by reunited members of a 1970s collective to which she belonged, and casts her elderly aunt, a 1950s borscht belt communitarian as a former Llano colonist..
The Source Family (2012) 98 minutes, Maria Demopoulos, Jodi Wille
A feature documentary film set in Hollywood, examining a radical experiment in ’70s utopian living. The Source Family was a radical experiment in ’70s utopian living. Their outlandish style, popular health food restaurant, rock band, and beautiful women made them the darlings of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip; but their outsider ideals and the unconventional behavior of their spiritual leader, Father Yod, caused controversy with local authorities. They fled to Hawaii, leading to their dramatic demise.